As women, we do what is asked of us, don’t we? Not only do we do it, we go the extra mile to make sure we do the best job possible.
This was never truer than during World War II. The call came from the top. “We need you” and women rushed to help out. One government advertisement asked women: “Can you use an electric mixer? If so, you can learn to operate a drill.”
Many of the women that answered the call to work were mothers. The challenge of caring for young children and chores of running the house still needed to be done. Women came together and strategized, negotiated and supported each other. They pooled resources, shared cooking, cleaning and laundry. Sometimes they worked different shifts so someone was always home with the kids. They made sure that everyone’s needs were met. In other words, women exemplified the slogan, “We Can Do It.”
After the war, some women were able to stay at their higher paying jobs in the factories but many were sent back home or to lower paying jobs. Yet all women were changed by this experience. Many liked the freedom that working and earning their own money gave them. Many had a new worldview along with new skillsets. Many felt empowered. This was a huge step towards equality in the workplace.
We’re still working towards equality in the areas of finance and leadership but the “We Can Do It” attitude remains strong. Women are still working together to make sure everyone’s needs are met. We are natural negotiators but often don’t use that ability on the job to benefit our personal situations. We work hard making our companies successful yet we don’t use those same skills (preparing, strategizing and negotiating) to get the compensation or titles we deserve.
But we can. Like any other skills, you can learn to use these to your advantage. Visit ReginaBarr.com to learn how you can get what you deserve both personally and professionally, because together we can indeed ‘do it.’
“Dream Big. Take Action. Make it Happen.”
- Posted by Regina
- On July 30, 2018
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