Why sisterhood is the real key to your success

There something magical about experiencing women supporting other women. Women get a really bad reputation for being disloyal friends, catty and competitive, but it doesn't have to be that way. 

Image: WOC in tech chat 

Image: WOC in tech chat 

Getting to the top for women can be really hard, because regardless of your occupation, there is a man making more money and getting more opportunities. Men get hired and promoted based just off of potential while women have to constantly prove themselves and overproduce to get recognition.  

It was only 44 years ago that we saw the first woman run an Fortune 500 company. Of the 22 women who can claim that, only one is a Black women - Ursula Burns, former CEO of Xerox. 

So what makes sisterhood the key to success for all women? 

Support. Women supporting other women should come naturally. Women drive 80% of all consumer purchases, which means when you cater to women, you win. If you can get lots of women to support you, and you also support and invest in other women, you enable all females to be the best they can, and reach success. 

Women understand women.  If you'v ever had a woman as a boss, there were probably certain things you didn't have to explain. When working with other women, there's less pressure to not seem so family oriented and more aggressive about your work. When you build a sisterhood with women, especially the ones you work with, you're creating a support system that will be there through the personal and professional trials and tribulations. 

 

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Everyone can win. The "there can only be one" mentality and stigma that comes along with women who are ambitious can be very discouraging if you buy into it. Women in power have the ability to change the way things are done, whether they are entrepreneurs or not. Women who have decision making power can give other women promotions, fair salaries and opportunities to grow that they otherwise wouldn't be exposed to. 

Amplifying strategy. According to a Huffington Post article, the women of the Obama Administration played this strategy for supporting each other very well. We've all been in meetings and made suggestions that were overlooked, until someone else (usually male) repeated it - and got all the credit.

What the women of the Obama Administration did was reiterate the good ideas their peers had, and give them credit for coming up with it to make their voices heard. This resulted in President Obama calling on and consulting more women. 

“It’s fair to say that there was a lot of testosterone flowing in those early days. Now we have a little more estrogen that provides a counterbalance,” explained former White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.

 

How has sisterhood impacted your success?