Today In ‘Sweeping Generalisations Digest’: Australian Women Are “Too Timid” At Work!
Posted by Clem Bastow on August 19, 2008
Hey ladies, wondering why you just can’t get ahead in the workforce? Perhaps it’s because you keep lying down and letting yourself get walked all over? That’s the word from the latest “study” of questionable value, this time from – ahem – “US researcher Sharon Goodson”, who reckons Australian women are “too timid” in the office:
U.S. researcher Shannon Goodson says Australia’s professional women are not earning what they are worth because they “struggle with stage fright and sensitivities about appearing too forward, pushy or intrusive.”
Ms Goodson was surprised by the results, given the stereotype of the meek English woman and the brash, outspoken Aussie.
“They’re not comfortable with conflict,” she said of Australian women.
Right, so she actually thought that stereotypes were accurate reflections of her sample groups before she began the study? Gee, off to a flying start.
My experience in the offices of Australia is fairly limited given I’ve worked from home for the past four years, but in the office I did work in, the women were amongst the most outspoken members of the team. I can’t help but feel that hollow studies like this are just another way to perpetuate outdated ideas about the way women work.
I’d be interested to hear from those who do the 9-to-5. Do you think this research is accurate?