Why is it excellent, preferable, to have women over 40, or 50, or 60 in the workplace? Let me count the ways (though the fact that I have to count at all makes me purple). The first one, obviously, is that it’s simply excellent to have a diverse workplace — people who don’t look, think, act, or talk like the boss — and as the data that follow illustrate, women over 40 are dramatically underrepresented in the top tiers of organizations. For another, studies show that women actually do good work. (Although, again, this is something we need to study?) According to a 2012 report by Dow Jones, companies with at least one female senior executive are more likely to succeed than companies that have only men at the top. Venture-based start-ups with five or more women onboard are significantly more successful than those without.
I loved this article about Why We Need Older Women in the Workplace. A lot of who I am today is due to my learning from the powerful women I’ve worked for and with; I hope that I model an approach to work that’s worthy of emulation as well. Though I’ll admit, that like the author, I too feel like I’m “just exhausted and scrambling like everyone else.”