The networking gender gap, and how to bridge it

posted October 14th, 2011 by Janet Graham - 2 Comments

Barbara Moses wrote a very interesting article in today’s Globe on the differences between the way men and women approach networking.  I have included the link below in case you missed it.

 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/career-advice/barbara-moses/the-networking-gender-gap-and-how-to-bridge-it/article2200195/

 

And just in case you can’t find the time to read the article or read the entire article, I have included the final paragraph here.  I think it provides a great summary and a some words of wisdom which I hope will inspire us to support one another. Here goes:

 

“So women, take advantage of your networking opportunities. Speak up. Reach out. My research shows that supporting other women’s careers is one of the greatest sources  of satisfaction for women at midlife.”

 

I would love to hear what you think!! Please share your comments in the Comments section below.

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2 Responses to “The networking gender gap, and how to bridge it”

Comment from Jill
Time October 14, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Some great articles re: Women in Business in the Globe lately!

Comment from Olivia
Time October 22, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I definitely agree that there is a difference between how men and women approach networking. But I don’t think women tend to undersell themselves. I think they rather demonstrate their capabilities through actions. As a result, they tend to talk less about their accomplishments and simply let their actions tell the tale.

I also think that women network by “creating a community” is a wonderful thing. It is much more natural for someone to help another out if they know them well.

But this is still an industry where there are considerably more males than females, would it be more beneficial to modify the way we network based on who we are approaching?

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