I got to share some of my thoughts on gender equality with one of my favorite sites this week:
For women, the problem is what happens when you leave HBS. When women are in their 20s and early 30s, it’s less of an issue, but the second they want to have a family, things break down. The old model was that men would go to HBS, get a job and make a lot of money and all they needed was a wife to do all the cleaning and baby-having. But what happens when women are going to HBS and getting the high paying jobs? Are they going to get wives? Everybody needs a wife in this model — that’s the problem. There’s no innovation around how women can do the things men used to do if we don’t have anyone replacing what the women were doing before.
I think the solution is for people to construct alternative relationships — whether you choose to be in a relationship with a man or a woman, it’s just about thinking relationships through differently and coming up with completely radical solutions.
“Women who are the ‘only’ — whether they’re the only one in the office who’s the CEO, or the only one who’s the boss, or the only one who’s the working mother — it’s exhausting,” she told us. “But, really we need that only-ness. We need you to be only. We need you to last. So that we see you. So that the next generation sees you.”