Posted on the Womanthology blog on 28th October Professor Jenny Higham (Principal of St. George’s, University of London, a specialist healthcare University) discusses equality, career choices and going for it! Although written with a medical perspective there is a lot of useful advice:
”It’s really important to champion the next generation of women in medicine. I have to say that I’m a real believer in equality for everybody, rather than it’s only about women, although I have to say that in some ways it’s a bit depressing that you might have thought it [gender equality] would have all been sorted by now, but it’s hasn’t been.
We’ve heard it all before, but women make assumptions that they can’t do it, or that they won’t be good enough, and they often have a reticence about their own ability, or an anxiety that it will take too much of what else they want to achieve in their life. I think that encouraging women to play to their strengths, encouraging them to apply for roles, to try things out and developing others is a really important thing……….”
What do you think? Are you encouraging someone to believe that they are good enough? Do you need encouragement to apply/try something?