In a recent interview with Business Woman Sarah McGalla, previously reported by PR NewsWire, she explains that it is still difficult for women to advance in the business world. Even in 2015 with women composing 46.9% of the work force, only 14.6% of those women have actually advanced to an Executive position. McGalla says that, though it is difficult, it is far from impossible if you follow her 3 important strategies for female advancement in the work place.
The first strategy she mentions is the need for higher education in our experience based economy. McGalla says, “Women make up almost half of professionals in the United States, and it is important to continue those efforts of growth.” She continued to encourage women not to be intimidated by the increasingly gross costs of higher education, and to rely on their resources such as financial aid, smart planning, and scholarships specific to their skill set. She also states that, should it come down to a statistical view, women outnumber men in the pursuit of higher education. “College enrollment rates for women continue to exceed that of men,” McGalla says.
Another strategy Susan McGalla mentioned was more mental work than physical, she encourages women to maintain their confidence in a male dominated industry. Based on her own research, it is proven that women tend to lose their aspiration in the work place. Their aspiration level drops a whopping 60% due to the influence of management. Based on her own experience McGalla advises women to never give up saying, “The climbing desire to succeed is what will produce higher quality at work to achieve higher management positions.”
Her third and final piece of advice is to ignore the “glass ceiling”, referring to the metaphorical barrier that prevents women from advancing to higher levels in the business world. McGalla encourages women to ignore the glass ceiling and focus on their work ethic, she says “I never carried a chip on my shoulder of what I should be entitled to as a woman or what prejudices existed.” She is overall encouraging women to persevere and continue on the war path. McGalla says, “Don’t reinforce stereotypes, and let your work speak for itself.”