"The opportunity gap and the pay gap start becoming increasingly more problematic one to two years after a woman has a child and that's because there is no support system for her, for a woman who wants to be both working and a caregiver. Our society understands women when they're in a 100% care-taking role, our society understands women when they're in a 100% working role, but they have not yet figured out how to understand women who want to tackle both of those with equal passion and so flexibility is the way to achieve that."
Anna and Annie are ambitious women who faced a rude awakening upon becoming mothers. They both tried a reduced work schedule, but it didn't work at all. Concluding that "exhaustion is not a status symbol," Annie and Anna set about to revolutionize the working world for women -- to create flexibility without compromising pay or ambition, to allow women to pursue their dream careers and caregiving simultaneously. Listen to their story of founding Werk and get excited about the possibilities!
We discuss how they founded Werk to revolutionize work for women, the women's leadership pipeline, pushing women's equality to the next place, the rude awakening they encountered upon becoming mothers, the necessity of flexibility in the workplace, entrepreneurship, the issues with the opportunity and pay gap in the working world, how to create change in this area and more!
"The reality is, we can't succeed or have it all or do it all in environments that aren't designed for our success, and we need to be unafraid to rewrite the rules to create futures that we want to participate in."
In this episode, you'll learn:
Flexibility is good for business; it's at the crossroads of what millennials want and what women need.
We're getting there, but we're still pioneering.
You will never succeed if you don't commit to it.
Just because people aren't there 9am to 10pm doesn't mean they aren't doing a great job.
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