Janet Walkow Christine Jacobs

Executive Feminism in 3′s

This week we are featuring a blog written by Whitney Johnson and Lisa Joy Rosner, where the authors describe executive feminism and how it can help more that just the top tier. “Mayer, Sandberg, Slaughter: Driving Change, at a Cost” describes how Melissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandberg and Ann Marie Slaughter are making noise in a way that could help working women outside the executive ranks. The visibility of this trio reinforces the “Rule of 3″, the necessity to have at least 3 women on all Board of Directors, to have an impact. since it appears that their combined visibility may be the real beginning of making the noise needed that helps the rest of us. Johnson and Rosner provide an elegant analysis of the cost of making noise looking at the massive social media conversations the three have inspired. The conclusions are disturbing but not surprising: taking a stand on work issues increases your visibility, but lands you in an unpopular “no-woman’s land”. Whether or not you agree with any or all of the Mayer/Sandberg/Slaughter triad, their willingness to advocate for women has catapulted the topic into public forums and made it a real part of the conversation. Yes, there is power in numbers and perhaps three is the truly the magic number when it comes to change via executive feminism.┬á @JohnsonWhitney┬á @LisaJoyRosner

Janet Walkow is the Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer of the Drug Dynamics Institute at The University of Texas and a co-founder of Leading Women. Read her full bio.

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