Earlier this month, Business Insider published an “Unofficial Goldman Sachs Guide to Being a Man” that has since been ricocheting around the inboxes of Blankfein-worshipping bros at record speed. But what about us women? Don’t we count for anything? The BI guide troubled me on several accounts, including its thin veil of sarcasm and its blatantly misogynistic recommendations such as “always carry cash in your front pocket,” and “hookers aren’t cool, but remember, the free ones are a lot more expensive.” (Really, Business Insider?) After considering an appropriate response, I sent the following email asking the BI editors to consider publishing a counter list for female young professionals:
To Whom It May Concern,
I was dismayed to read Tuesday’s article, “The Unofficial Goldman Sachs Guide to Being a Man.” Is this really the type of content your male or female readership feels comfortable with and supports?
I hope you will consider publishing my response, which includes what I hope will be a productive counter list for young professional women. As my brilliant, motivated and savvy female young professional peers ascend the ranks of American business, I at least recommend that you consider producing content (yes, even satirical content) that is more responsive to changing cultural mores — particularly regarding gender. If you do not, you will certainly face some serious growing pains and critique in the future.
All the best,
While BI declined to publish my response, I still believe that aspiring female young professionals like myself have a lot of wisdom to share with each other. Moreover, I think our increasing willingness to aid and support one another will ultimately help us to break down gender barriers in the work place. My hope is that the following list will encourage positive, introspective, kind and yes, ambitious decision-making to support personal satisfaction and professional success.
Many of the items on this list are pearls of wisdom I have received from mentors and fellow female young professionals. My hope is that this list will inspire further conversation, thought and contribution towards an even more evolved list of tips or guiding principles for young women. So, without further ado:
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