Wrong role models Clichés and compatibility family - job: Men are also affected

Work better, information as desired! We give you the information you really need and are committed to a better and more ecological working environment. When Book Publisher Best of HR – Berufebilder.de® with Unique Book Concept and eCourses we offer over 20 years of experience in Corporate Publishing - with Clients like Samsung, Otto, Governmental Institutions. Publisher Simone Janson also heads the Institute Berufebilder Yourweb, which awards scholarships, among other things, and was one of the top 20 female German bloggers, referenced in ARD, ZEIT, WELT, Wikipedia .
Copyright:  Artwork created as part of a free collaboration with Shutterstock. ,

How important is it for success in the job that current role models are used? And should we finally move away from clichés in the course of the discussion about the compatibility between work and family?

Best of HR – Berufebilder.de®

Here writes for you:


Simone Janson Simone JansonSimone Janson is publisherConsultant and head of the Institute's job pictures Yourweb.


Sexism can also be very subtle

The topic of sexism is on everyone's lips: the incidents in Cologne at the turn of the year, MeeToo, outcry - and also the high-heels petition in Great Britain. Because sexism and discrimination against women are unfortunately not always very obvious and have many faces, especially at work.

It also shows, for example, antiquated clothing regulations. In the UK, there was a recent petition against high-heel force. This case will hopefully make school.

Petition with more than 100.000 signatures against PricewaterhouseCoopers

Nicola Thorp, who had been mediated by a temporary agency company at PricewaterhouseCoopers, had filed a petition against regulations that obligated her to wear high heels - more than 100.000 British signed.

Tip: Text as PDF (please read the instructions!) Download or for a little more Book on the topic with discount or eCourse book. Actions or news via Newsletter!

A proof that many women are at least under the prevailing notions of female clothing. Because high, pointed shoes can lead to defects and affect the entire body.

High heels are less stable

And: Whoever is uncomfortable at the office or at trade fairs on high heels, is proverbially less stable than standing colleagues. Or do men complain about uncomfortable shoes?

The fact that high heels nevertheless so incredibly great popularity, should also be because they are considered a typical feminine attribute.

High heels are historically men's shoes

And especially women who are successful in their profession want to counter the feeble accusation of acting too masculine.

In the process, these roller-skates are paradoxical, since paragraphs were reserved for men in the historical origins. Apparently firmly grounded visual habits can change!

Tip: Text as PDF (please read the instructions!) Download or for a little more Book on the topic with discount or eCourse book. Actions or news via Newsletter!

Sexism in Marketing

In the end, many people earn good money: Style consultants, for example, talk to women about what is typically female. And manufacturers want to sell a new shoe collection every year.

It does not fit into the concept that women could also wear more comfortable men's shoes. There are also shoes that look unisex chic and match the foot shape, from the Austrian manufacturer think. Unfortunately, such innovative approaches have so far been the exception.

More courage, women!

Let us hope that more women will have the courage to go against such and similar sexism and, for example, to use comfortable shoes - that would be a simple but effective step towards equality in the word.

In light of this discussion, I was concerned with the question of whether it wasn't time to start rethinking certain clichés - such as those of particularly male or female behavior at work. And to make it clear how absurd these are sometimes, I chose a particularly stark contrast: cowboys and high heels.

Pure sexism: bosses should be strong and masculine?

A study by the Technical University of Munich has shown that cheerful women are not believed to have the will to lead. It has to do with the stereotypes in our heads, the scientists say. Because superiors should be confident and dominant, then they appear to be strong leaders.

Tip: Text as PDF (please read the instructions!) Download or for a little more Book on the topic with discount or eCourse book. Actions or news via Newsletter!

Typically female behavior patterns, on the other hand, tend to hinder progress in the job. Women who are willing to pursue a career are therefore advised to look as feminine as possible in order to be taken more seriously: tie the hair together, look older with glasses and best wear dark pantsuits.

Media cement the images in the heads

Just recently, a top manager reported in her highly regarded book about how she made it to the top with such inconspicuous behavior.

In this way, however, the stereotypes cared for by men and women are still cemented. A disadvantage, because in reality, the stereotypes of society have long since set out - more than many are dear.

Cowboys in high heels

This shows, for example, an exciting discussion that came up recently in my blog: Not a few men want to wear high heels in public and in the job - and take this request for granted.

And in the rather conservative Banff, deep in western Canada in the Rocky Mountains, I came across the “Walk a Mile in her Shoes” campaign a while ago - in which men pursue this very pleasure. Seasoned cowboys in high heels? Or your own boss?

Tip: Text as PDF (please read the instructions!) Download or for a little more Book on the topic with discount or eCourse book. Actions or news via Newsletter!

We do well to question role stereotypes

Difficult to imagine - but why not? Why should only women be allowed to take on the role of the opposite sex? This shows how absurd the role stereotypes in our heads really are. And that, given the social developments, we would do well to rethink them thoroughly. Also and especially when it comes to our everyday work.

Then we would no longer have the stupid discussion of how women manage to combine children and a career. Because that's not always easy - not even for men, as a recent case shows. Because some time ago the story of a man went through the press who was fired on his first day at work after six months of parental leave.

This shows two things: Such discrimination now also affects men who are affected by role stereotypes in exactly the same way. And the compatibility of child and career is still a big problem.

What to do specifically against discrimination?

But what do employees do about discrimination in such cases? 2 concrete steps help:

Step 1: Clarify your own goals

Communication is therefore important for the entrepreneur Sophia von Rundstedt: “An employee should carefully consider what their personal goals look like:

Tip: Text as PDF (please read the instructions!) Download or for a little more Book on the topic with discount or eCourse book. Actions or news via Newsletter!

  • How do I work, where can I cut back? Can be there around the clock for the child, with perhaps negative consequences for the career?
  • Or a career with management responsibility, less time for the child?

Step 2: Talk to the boss in good time

“Then you should talk to the boss about what this decision is for the career and that Companies means ”, says von Rundstedt, herself the boss of 300 employees, 70 percent of whom are women.

A lot could happen during parental leave. “It means weighing things up together and finding suitable models,” explains the mother of two children. Unfortunately, flexible regulations often conflict with rigid laws.

Women fail at their bosses: how the quota can help

Communicating is not always the right solution: A recent US study by management consultants Bain and Company shows that women often fail at work because of male-dominated roles and a lack of female role models. Above all, women feel that their direct bosses do not support them enough.

Sophia von Rundstedt also knows such prejudices. The women's quota could help clean up the roll-up, but she did not go far enough.

The right company and the right partner

"We need the quota not only on supervisory boards, but also on the executive boards," she says. What can women do themselves? “Networking,” advises von Rundstedt, who is involved in the Working Moms association. "Women in particular often underestimate how important this is for their own progress."

Tip: Text as PDF (please read the instructions!) Download or for a little more Book on the topic with discount or eCourse book. Actions or news via Newsletter!

What if the boss or your own partner are not willing to compromise? "Then," says von Rundstedt, "you should think about whether the company is still the right one, or to what extent the relationship with the partner is good."

More knowledge - PDF download, eCourse on demand or personal advice

Offline download: Download this text as PDF -  Read usage rights, Because we do not automatically submit the title of this text for privacy reasons: When buying in "interests" the title register if support is needed. After buying text exclusively Download at this URL (please save). Or for a little more directly an entire book or eCourse with this text buy, read on.

3,99 Book now

Your eCourse on Demand: Choose your personal eCourse on this or another desired topic, As a PDF download. Up to 30 lessons with each 4 learning task + final lesson. Please enter the title under "interests". Alternatively, we are happy to put together your course for you or offer you a personal regular eMailCourse including supervision and certificate - all further information!

19,99 Book now

Consultant packages: You want to increase your reach or address applicants as an employer? For these and other topics we offer special Consultant packages (overview) - For example, a personal phone call (price is per hour).

179,99 Book now

You want to comment here? Please the Debate Rules comply, contributions must be unlocked. Your eMailAddress remains secret. More information on the use of your data and how you can counter this can be found in our Privacy Policy.

  1. To follow debate on this post
  2. All debates follow
  1. Lan Anh Tran

    RT @SimoneJanson: My current column in DIE WELT about children and careers: Just talk to each other? - - Exciting contributionfPLKiK9yg9

  2. Cornelia Kirschner

    Dear Mrs. Janson,
    It would be nice if problem-solving approaches could be defined so easily - you look for a new job as a mother or - if I understand you correctly - think longer about whether you should not change partners too, if the compromises won't work. In reality, even as a traditionally married woman with child, you are a problem in the world of work - as a single person I cannot even imagine it. You are right, we must not just complain, we have to try new things so that at least our daughters can benefit from this fight and one day actually have both. But at the moment it is as far as the payment of Greece's debts ......

    Best regards,

    • Simone Janson

      Hello Mrs. Kirschner,
      There is a question mark in the headline, a male example is also cited, a study is cited in the text that confirms your opinion - and otherwise I quote Sophia von Rundstedt in direct or indirect speech. How do you get that I wrote that you can easily solve your problems in this way? Please read the more detailed interview with Sophia von Rundstedt, in which she addresses many things in greater detail that were not possible in the 2000 characters of the column.
      On the basis we can then continue to discuss.

  3. Competencepartner

    My current column in DIE WELT about children and careers: Just talk to each other ?: Children and ... - Exciting contributionIRQgwk24SI #Create #Production

Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with * .

Ja, I would like to be informed about the latest promotions and offers via Newsletter be informed.

I hereby accept the Debate Rules and the Privacy policy with the possibility to contradict the use of my data at any time.