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Deb Davis

build your own dreams or someone else will hire you to build theirs

I am good at making it happen

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Sydney
@davis_deborah
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debjdavis.wix.com/creative-consulting

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  • Deb Davis replied to a comment by Sarah McKinney

    Don’t Just 'Lean In': 10 Ways Women Entrepreneurs and Leaders Should Take Action Now via magazine.good.is

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    Sarah McKinneyabout 1 year ago

    That sounds beyond frustrating!! So sorry you had to go through that experience, and thank you for sharing it here so other women that may have encountered a similar situation feel less isolated. It's tough in a difficult job market, but the idealist in me thinks people should walk away from any person (or company) that doesn't treat them with respect.

    Deb Davisabout 1 year ago

    You are so right. But when you have another person to feed it ain't that easy.

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  • Deb Davis replied to a comment by annalaura.leal

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    annalaura.lealabout 1 year ago

    In the early 90s, I entered the male dominated field of transportation. I wasn't welcomed with open arms by some men, fearing I was going to wussify the work place; however, the few women that were employed in the company were very helpful. I had a wonderful 20 year career and loved every minute.

    This was in stark contrast to the medical and banking industries (which are predominantly women) where I previously worked. The women were brutal, critical of other women when promoted, saying the most vile things about them, undermining their authority. Many times I was privy to women crying in the ladies room over something another woman said to, or about them.

    Women's business groups were more of the same. Giving speeches about women's right to take as much time off as needed to have children, yet demanding their own employees come back within 2-3 weeks after childbirth or lose their jobs. Networking was a joke. When asked for a referal or reference, out came the daggers.

    As a young woman out of college to see the bullying and backstabbing was very intimidating and discouraging to me.

    Seems things haven't changed, as evidenced by the women at the helm of Yahoo and Facebook. As executives, they must be respected for the job they do and challenges they face ; however, they should also respect their employees. But they are not rockstars and should not act as if they are, regardless of how the media portrays them. Their success was not made in a vacuum, it was made possible by the many women who through the years, worked with and for them.

    Very few women help other women achieve success in their career. Many, with their hidden agendas and insecurities, are undesirable mentors for young career professionals.

    Unless and until their attitudes change about other females in the workplace, it will be a continual cat fight which only undermines the business climate and advancement for young career professional women.

    http://business.time.com/2012/05/11/the-real-reason-women-dont-help-other-women-at-work/

    Deb Davisabout 1 year ago

    I would like to tell you I have helped many of my female staff who now still have enormously successful careers and even recently thanked me after nearly 20 years. It would be awful to think that there are only mean women. I agree though often the very women you think will be supportive are far less than that. Mostly in the media at least I found that many of the guys in very senior positions were not supportive - but it can all be a case by case situation.

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    Deb Davisabout 1 year ago

    The issue I have always had with gender discussions in corporate situations was that it was viewed as naff. I learnt to shut up, because it was seen as emotional. When I became pregnant working for the Murdoch press I hid it for seven months. Once I did tell them they undertook many illegalities.They found ways to discredit my work and forced me to report to another department and go part-time and eventually become a contractor. I was in a difficult situation as I needed the money. I did keep getting different contracts over the years until recently when I overheard this same boss once again discriminating against a woman who was clearly her recently-appointed manager's superior in knowledge, ideas and intellect; but who had been overlooked because she was pregnant. When I was part-time I wasn't part professional. But that was how I was treated. When I was the lead in reports my name was left off, I was no longer able to come to management board meetings and often meetings which were planned on my days off (so I had to pay for more babysitting) were called off at the last minute when I arrived - or worse still I wasn't told at all. So you become less valuable as you are left out of the loop. I tried to do the right thing and not take advantage of the company but I would have been better off staying full-time and just coming and going as I liked to my baby the way many of the editors did.

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