Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Do You Have to Limit Your Entrepreneurial Ambitions to Be a Good Mom?

Wow, that's a bold, gutsy question. What do you think? According to Geri Stengel's, "Want to Grow the Economy? Change Four Attitudes About Women Entrepreneurs," (Forbes) she challenges us by posing that question and more. But the short answer:
The first order of cultural change, is to debunk the idea that to be a good mom, you have to limit your ambition. “If you want to have a family and run a business, you can — and a growing number of us do,” says Liz Etling, CEO and co-founder of Transperfect, the largest privately owned language services provider, with offices in 75 cities worldwide, and a good example of eluding the barriers to success. She started her business with a fellow student in a dorm room 19 years ago.
Key factors holding women back?
  1. Women self-limit their ambitions.
  2. Their assertiveness is perceived as ”bitchiness.”
  3. Men need to change.
  4. Women need to network.
Agree? Disagree? I welcome hearing from you and so would other readers of this blog. So please comment based on your opinion and/or first-hand experience.

Read the entire fabulous article here.

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1 comment:

Khadijah Ali-Coleman said...

I say emphatically NO, you don't have to limit your ambitions, but it is so prudent to make sure you have a strong support system so you don't go at it alone. Actually wrote a play, "Running: AMOK" about it that revolves around that theme.
Thanks for posting! I tweet your blog posts and love what you do.