Raise sister raise
Rebecca Campbell said of her book “Light is the new black” that it was a response to what the Dalia Lama said on the Canada Peace Conference 2009.
Dalia Lama: “The world will be saved by the Western women”
Her book “Light is the new black” inspired me to write this article and it is a direct respond to her call.
A couple of days ago, I was invited to a dinner and sat next to some nice and friendly looking gentleman’s which had a discussion about their businesses. One of them, a head of board of a big private bank here in Switzerland and 3 successful entrepreneurs. All smart and well educated, all successful with what they do, I could not help over hear them talking about different things but specially about hiring women for their top jobs. Or even hiring women in general. I was shocked what I heard and it reminded me of a time, when I was working for the head of a political party and the day we discovered after counting the votes that men still preferred to vote for other men. This was 16 years ago and of course I thought a lot has changed.
To get intelligent, considerate and hardworking women of the party into parliament we wanted to help these great women, by putting them on top of our party list. They did make it into parliament and had since done a lot for your community, but not thanks to short-sighted male party members that strikethrough the names of all the women on the list and only voted there male colleagues. We all were shocked at how many party members acted like that and I never forgot about it.
As a direct reaction of what happened 16 years ago at the polling stations, I started to only vote for women, well only the once I found capable and most of all likeable, but I always felt a bit sad that I had to do this, as I would have wished everyone would vote for other reasons then gender issues. So I did stop a while ago to use this technic and was sure, that the world has changed in those 16 years.
But sitting next to this decision maker of today, I felt more and more uneasy and I could not believe what they were sharing with each other. Some of those powerful entrepreneurs where saying that they categorically not hire women before the age of 40, because otherwise they will maybe have the wish to bear children and then up will come stupid ideas abbot working less… other business owners did even say, if they can chose, they will always pick a male candidate, as they don’t want to invest there company’s time and money in a female worker and just to see her get pregnant after and while and stop working. This lively exchange went on for quite a while and of course I could not help but get involved in there discussion with a broad smile on my face and the provoking statement, that I only ever hire women but I did not stop there, I only every hire businesses that are owned by women… hahahah you should have seen their faces. They did not know, that I rarely are in a positon to hire anyone and that in fact I always chose the companies that take great care about their staff and also hold the same high values about environmental awareness and that are in general likable.
But the fact, that they believed me making gender oriented decisions, gave them the rest. They looked at me wide eyed and told me how dare I could in this time and age even consider to make gender oriented decisions. It did not even come to their mind, that this was totally ironic, after they discussed not hireling women for the last 30 minutes on this table. I kept smiling at them as sweetly as I could and asked the bank manager if he ever considered the fact, that women will inherit 70 percent of future wealth over the course of the next two generations and that this figure doesn’t even include wealth earned by women. And that this future costumers of his bank may had the desire to conclude their business with other women, women he did so obvious not hire now. I asked him, if it did not make him rethink his strategy considering that women who already control more than half of investable wealth are poised to take on an even greater amount of investable wealth and power. He told me, that this was wishful thinking of women only and had a little laugh about it and my stupid remarks, till I showed him the article in time.com I was referring to on my smartphone.
It seems, that this Swiss bank manager was not aware, what the Wall Street was already reacting for a while. Women are rising!
I also, very sweetly smiling, was asking the other men around that table if they were aware that programs like Evernote and Trello and shared desktops enables women to work from home and that they can share work and team up in the event of childbirth, that seems to lure over there hiring decisions. But no – they did not know, but knew of course, that programs and apps would not change anything and that shared projects were sure to fail. There was not much point to discuss matters further and I had suddeldly the strong desire to get home and start to write this article.
An article that should make us all aware of the fact, that as customers, decisions maker, neighbours, voters, mothers and byers - we have a big responsibility to support, sustain and help rise sisters (and of course great brothers) who share our values. Who work hard to make this world a better place, which live and conduct their business with great awareness and consideration. We should actively support those people and companies in our life’s, that share our values therefor I end how I started and quote the great and wonderful sister Rebecca Campbell what she shared with us in her incredible book “Light is the new black”.
Rise sister rise
Rise for you. And rise for me.
For when you rise first you make the path brighter for She.