Even after decades of support groups, civil rights laws and women’s literature, too many women devalue themselves at work when they speak.
“Women need to make a conscious decision to hear what they are saying and the effect it has, on others and themselves,” says career coach Caroline Dowd-Higgins.
For example, a woman undercuts her own position by adding a question to a direct statement: “I sent the proposal yesterday, okay?”
(Using the word “Lady” evolves a bundle of connotations of meaning and tradition. It is often the dividing line between generations with young people on the side of experiment and their elders cautioning “lady like” behavior.)