I was just responding to some comments on a LinkedIn discussion about the continuing disparity between women’s wages compared to men.
The discussion reminded me of one of the most inspirational women I ever met, Captain Julie Clark. She shattered the “glass ceiling” at 35,000 feet becoming the first female captain at a major American airline.
Anyway, as we prepare for our upcoming THINK Like a BLACK BELT for the Entrepreneurial Woman events, I was inspired to jump into the fray and share Julie’s story.
I don’t have time to get permission to use the other comments on the thread, so I’ll paraphrase those comments and add my responses below…
This first comment was in response to posts regarding a recent report on the “Wage Gap” between women and men…
That’s exactly what we’re trying to change with THINK Like a BLACK BELT for the Entrepreneurial Woman…
You’ll network with other women entrepreneurs, discuss ways to deal with your unique challenges and most of all- talk about how to improve and expand opportunities for entrepreneurial women.
Since I’ve started doing this program I’ve done extensive research on the “wage gap,” and largely, it is exactly that…a wage gap.
To be blunt, the most consistent reason for this widely publicized disparity is simply that women who are employed tend to choose jobs that pay less, but fulfill other desires, particularly service in social areas.
The woman entrepreneur is free to set her own financial goals and determine her own rewards. NO LIMITS…and we Celebrate Adversity as an opportunity to become stronger, more focused and more determined to succeed.
That’s our focus in this event!
Hope to see you there!
Linda Ridell, obviously a powerful entrepreneurial woman, added:
“As a female entrepreneur, I am responsible for what I get paid. Women who are employed have somewhat less choice in the matter, though they could refuse to settle for lower wages.
“Overall, women are probably less confident to demand more money. Or, as Jim says, women choose lower paying work anyway.”
Both confidence and fear of appearing too “aggressive” to male counterparts and employers are often talked about in our groups.
There are ways to overcome both challenges. As I say above, we “Celebrate Adversity.”
Every challenge is an opportunity to grow, develop and expand your potential.
Here’s a great story…Julie Clark was the first woman to earn the rank of Captain on a major American airline. Now she’s one of the country’s leading aerobatic pilot.
Talk about shattering the glass ceiling, she did it at 35,000 feet!
Julie faced enormous challenges in her life including losing both her parents at an early age. Her father was a pilot who was killed in the first terrorist hijacking in American airspace that caused a crash.
In her airline career, she faced one of the most entrenched “Old Boys Club” in any industry…and she kicked it in the tail!
I’m proud to call her a friend and she’s a great inspiration to me!
Here’s an interview I did with Julie when I was hosting an aviation show:
Be sure to listen to her story about arriving at one job where there was NO door on the women’s restroom…and what she did about it!!!
Join us in Freeport, Maine on May 16th to network with other women entrepreneurs, discuss challenges and solutions, enjoy some nice mimosas and of course, learn how to THINK Like a BLACK BELT!
AND…Marketing Your Mastery 1/2 Day Boot Camp
Coming to Freeport, Maine…May 29th!