Lori Cornmesser

Women in the Workforce

Much is made about the lack of women in leadership positions in corporate world. Many have argued that women simply do not aspire to these positions or do things that inhibits their potential to grow. Fortune recently published a list that debunks these myths and others. Read a sampling below.

Raising children hurts career growth.

There is the perception in the business community that women in management positions are hindered from reaching the upper echelons by the raising of children. However, there is no statistical evidence that shows a significant difference in the number of promotions received by women with children and women without children. Still, the majority of promotions given go to men.

Women Lack Confidence

Because women understand the unique challenges that face them in the business world, they are are often more grounded than their male colleagues. This knowledge of their situation is often wrongly interpreted of being a lack of confidence. Research has shown that after being encouraged by a superior, there was no difference between the number men and women who were will to make a career jump.

Women do not aspire to leadership roles

Research shows that men and women both want to have positive working relationships and to do something intrinsically interesting. With these being the two primary goals of both genders in the workplace, it seems disingenuous to assert that men want to take positions of leadership and women do not. Yet still, research in the UK shows that men are 4.5 times more like than their female counterparts.

Women give up their careers before reaching the top

This myth has no backing in research whatsoever. There is not any statistical evidence to back up the claim that women are leaving their careers earlier than men. What has been shown is that women a level or two down from the executive level are two times less likely than their male counterparts to receive promotion.

Read more myths about women in leadership roles at Fortune.