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Millennial women having a midlife crisis?

For September start, I wanted to share with you that article about Millennial women who thought “that the career-stalls their mothers’ and aunts’ and older sisters’ experienced were a thing of the past. That was then, and this is now, and things are different“.

This LinkedIn article was written by Sallie Krawcheck, ex CEO Of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management US  and CEO/Co-founder of Ellevest, investment platform dedicated to women….very interesting debate that we will have in another article. Sallie Krawcheck was herself referring to an article she read in The Cut called The Ambitious Collision.

The word Millennial usually apply to this generation that reached adulthood in the 21st century. They were brought up using digital and mass media and grew up in an increasingly on-line and social- networked world. As per WhatIs.com definition, “As the most ethnically diverse generation, Millennials tend to be tolerant of difference. Having been raised under the mantra “follow your dreams” and being told they were special, they tend to be confident.”

No wonder why they are shocked!

This is exactly what Meet Miss B is aiming to do: enlighten and educate young women about that topic, i.e. warn and inform them of what they might experience in the work environment, but also more generally in our society today . They have to realise that unfortunately the work environment is still very far from the perfect one people are painting and still very hostile towards young and ambitious women. And I have to admit that this kind of special treatment also applies to other communities and minorities.

Young women of this world, here is my message to you:
“It is important to be fully aware of what you are going to face once you start working, and independently of the sector you will chose. All the books you will read will encourage to speak up and raise your voice and opinion, and you will be right to do so! but please bear in mind that even if you find the courage deep within yourself to do it, it does not mean necessarily that people around you will be willing to listen to you or empower you. You will be quickly confronted to remarks and judgments that will be meant to discourage you.
My message is not meant to discourage you, my message is here to inform you! Because once you know what you are about to face and expect, you will know how to prepare yourself and be properly equipped intellectually, mentally and emotionally.
My advice to you: get a mentor, man or women, inside or outside your company. He or she will be able to guide you and advise through this new world. Don’t be afraid to ask!”

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