I had a strange encounter while getting my winter tires swapped. I brought my laptop along and sat at a communal table to work while I waited.
Another patron interrupted me wanting to talk about an article in an advice column. A woman wrote that her fiancée manipulated that her name wasn’t on the house deed, even though she contributed to the equity. He couldn’t see how someone could get into that situation. Sadly, I could. But, that’s for another day.
The conversation flowed to differences in women and men and #womenatwork.
It was really engaging. He was honestly trying to understand.
I mentioned Sheryl Sandberg encouraging women to take a seat at the table, adding that there was also a need to welcome them.
He cited Sweden’s efforts towards equality in the workplace. Saying that even with this in place, women still enter nurturing roles. He said if they are going in that direction, it means it is more naturally suited to them.
I said, there is more work to be done. Young girls are often channeled in that direction. We need to do more at a young age to encourage girls to enter non-traditional roles, especially STEM.
Also, traditionally masculine roles can benefit from an injection of characteristics that are considered feminine. A great side effect of diverse teams.