Earlier this month, we shared an article on our Facebook page from Wellbeing Magazine about The Imposter Syndrome — something many of us, at one point or another, have experienced in business, industry or even in motherhood.
This post also caught the eye of Jennifer Wittwer, a friend of CWB and a fabulous woman who has achieved some extraordinary things throughout her career. Jennifer is an amazing Australian living and working in New York as part of UN Women, and one of three women on the prestigious International Peace Panel.
Her career has been predominantly in male-dominated areas and her website offers some fascinating insights for all of us working in this male-dominated world (though it is slowly changing). Jennifer explores ways of dealing with the language we hear daily from male staff, managers and clients. The first step, she says, is to stop saying women are as good as the men and instead push back with sentiments like, ‘We are as competent as the men’, ‘We can do the job as well as men’, and ‘We are equal to men’. But rather than rinse and repeat, we’ll let you explore the article yourself but do let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
This is why we love what we do as an association for women in business. Canberra women are the most amazing people.
Here are five things this world-beating Canberra woman has done… Anybody got any old Perfect Match episodes we can watch…?
- The first Navy female to undertake the Kakoda Trek
- Projected the construction of a fully licensed and operating childcare centre on a military base
- Jennifer loves to ride motorbikes
- She patchwork, quilts and knits!
- And… (we love this one!) appeared in the 1980’s dating show Perfect Match
Thank you, Jennifer, for your wonderful contribution to CWB and the empowerment of women and girls around the world. We look forward to catching with Jennifer when she returns to Oz in 2018!