Are women too modest when it comes to business?

7 Mar

So far I have been failing at maintaining this blog, and have been dedicating my time to other things (school, guard team, Zikomo Bags, you know the drill). But today I have an incredible sense of accomplishment from FINALLY publishing the new Zikomo Bags website that I have put countless hours into and am inspired to blog.

Today I was browsing the Globe and Mail website (okay, I admit it, I was watching the Kony video now that I have Internet again), and came across an article about women and entrepreneurship. Since getting involved with Zikomo Bags, I have been drawn to the business side of development, so the article piqued by interest. In the article, “For women in business, modesty is not the best policy” Carolyn Lawrence argues that women’s modesty is the reason many entrepreneurs have limited success.

Most interesting though, were the comments from readers. Some readers decided that modesty is an attribute and actually makes for a better leader. These people also think that women should be celebrated because they don’t boast like men; men should strive to be more humble like women.  Others say that women are modest because when “they behave like men” they’re called a bitch. Then there are those with the “who cares” philosophy.

Evidently there are some gross generalizations in the article and the comments, but what do you readers think? Is modesty a hindrance or an attribute to women in business? Or is it completely irrelevant? Here is my opinion: check out the amazing new website that I designed – www.zikomobags.com!

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4 Responses to “Are women too modest when it comes to business?”

  1. shiggs91 March 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Reblogged this on finding development and commented:
    100% true.

  2. shiggs91 March 12, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    We are absolutely 100% way too modest. But not only when it comes to business, when it comes to almost any achievement. Women are powerful, strong and capable, but we rarely pat ourselves on the back for it, which is why its often overlooked.
    (P.S. I’m reblogging this)

    • kylamckee March 12, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

      Thanks Steph! And I agree. Often when a woman shows pride in her work, others perceive her as a “bitch” instead of confident. Women bashing other women for this is a huge problem too! Instead of comparing ourselves to one another, we should be looking for ways to empower other women in their endeavours.

      • shiggs91 March 12, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

        We should be. I find it really sad when women put down other women. We would be so much stronger and achieve much more if we support each other!

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