I’ve had a series of conversations this week that made me want to write a post filled with angry rants, complaints, and all sort of negativity.
- In one conversation, a woman who has been working on building her business told me that she can’t get a technology outsourcing company to take her seriously enough to complete a great product. This woman has a resume that will knock your socks off, she is as smart and well-spoken, and has a solid business concept. But her business centers around moms and according to her, as soon as the tech shops with which she has connected hear this, they stop taking her seriously.
- Another woman told that when she met with a development company to talk about her business one of the guys said: “Wow, you sound really confident!” He was surprised that a woman would understand technology that well and be as confident in her ability to build a business. (Can you imagine him saying this to another man?)
- A mom told me about a recent experience she had at an interview. The person interviewing her was a woman and the second question she asked her was whether she was ready to focus on her job. Quote: “This isn’t really a place for mommy talk.”
None of these stories surprise me and yet each one shocks me. But I don’t want to write yet another rant about the way women entrepreneurs are often not taken seriously or about the mommy stigma in the workplace. I am going to go looking for my positive attitude and write the rest of this post when I find it. I don’t like to spin things, but I want to find a way to write about things like this that doesn’t just involve just complaining.
If you have ideas for how to maintain a positive attitude when reading or learning about things like this, please share it in the comments.