A Colonial wedding. Credit: Library of Congress
The number of women running Fortune 500 companies is. And yet, there are only 32 female CEOs on that list. So… why aren’t there more high-powered women in positions of power? There are a multitude of reasons, but according to Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, author of the article “ ,” part of the issue lies with the support these women are receiving.
- In Wittenberg-Cox’s opinion, the corporate world is just not adapted to people in dual-earner relationships. Bosses, particularly those in the boomer generation, expect their workers to be single-earners with spouses who are willing to move anywhere.
- For ambitious women, Wittenberg-Cox sees a stark choice. To succeed in a high-powered career, you either have a supportive spouse, or, at some point in your life or career, you end up going it alone.
- If you’re wondering: how do we have dual careers and preserve our marriage, Wittenberg-Cox recommends talking about career issues early, before push comes to shove and someone lands a high-paying job in Buenos Aires.
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- During the interview, Wittenberg-Cox mentioned that we would soon be living into our 100s. about what longer lifespans will mean for our world.
- Lack of spousal support and rigid gender roles are, of course, not the only reasons that there are few women in high-powered positions. Rebecca Traister writes about the #MeToo movement .