Very interesting extracts from the Book The end of Men.
Innovation is not the monopoly of technology in the Silicon Valley. The geek mecca is trying to figure out some very old unsolved problems such as allowing ambitious working women to have it all. Or, more to have what matters affirms Marissa Mayer, Silicon Valley legend and new Yahoo!’s CEO :
What causes burnout, Mayer believes, is not working too hard – people, she believes, “can work arbitrarily hard for an arbitrary amount of time” – but they will become resentful if work makes them miss the things that really matter to them”
I am not a feminist. Maybe because defining myself as a human being is pretty specific enough for me. I can’t picture me as a woman in tech. At work, I truly and sincerely believe if you are awesomely good, you become indispensable. Period. This aspect of the valley resonates a lot :
"It doesn’t really matter what’s in your pants." In a chart comparing the "career cost of family" in elite workplaces – meaning the price people pay for taking time off – the economist Claudia Goldin floats the tech companies high above the rest
Of course, there are still many problems to solve. But the key to go forwards and innovate is not always the external factors. There is a great resource of imagination and self-confidence : yourself. “Be the change you want to see” said Gandhi.
Like the one where leaving at 5pm for a working woman with 3 kids will not be a progress, but just an evidence. And will still make her the most impactful and amazing person for the mission she is invested in.