Men at Work – Friend or Foe?

Manandwomandoctorss I was at a networking event recently and that perennial question of whether it was best to work amongst an all-women or all-men team reared it's ugly little head. I personally think a mixed team is best and know that is the individual players within the team, male or female, that make the difference to how they work together. It reminded me of how when I work with many women's group's, I am ultimately working in the realm of self-belief and confidence – which is the real issue for most women. For many women in male dominated fields, the "men" issue is a red herring. Blaming men as a group for gender inequalities in the workplace (as well as in the home!) is not going to get us any further in our careers – and may blind us to potenial support. As Betty Friedan, of the Feminine Mystique said when addressing a group of professional women "The enemy isn't men. The real enemy is women's denigration of themselves." Which men have been supportive of your career?

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