by Sali Christeson,
Originally published: May 4, 2017
Launching Argent has given us exposure to a variety of industries, which all share some common themes with regard to the challenges women are facing. Exclusion from informal networking opportunities, pay inequality and a lack of diversity at the top for the most part have been consistent. There are also day to day subtleties and biases women are forced to endure, which include sexual harassment, requests to do menial tasks and numerous double standards.
In my opinion, the biggest issue is that women are not keeping up with men in terms of career advancement and the resulting pay increases by no fault of their own. For example, a number of contacts who are taking maternity leave are not being considered for promotions at a critical juncture in their careers though they are still employed with their companies. Once women are held back, catch up is nearly impossible.