Feminism – Humanism – Womanism

Feminity does not need to define for itself new attributes or qualities, it just needs to reconnect with its natural ones. Intuition, empathy, flexibility, care, compassion, resilience, team spirit, connection to nature, active listening, adaptability are timeless values ​​of female leadership that guide us into the new era of emerging technologies.

Mihaela Miroiu, the reference point of Romanian feminism, significantly describes feminism as “the missing link of classical humanism”.

The influence of women worldwide is more and more powerful. “Times change according to feminine traits,” said Peter Drucker, the well-known Austrian-American management consultant, key opinion leader and author. Women leaders really do have the power to transform the environment in which they live.

In patriarchal Romania, we have a lot of work to do in terms of female solidarity. Women don’t support women – they don’t really trust to vote for them, they don’t trust to hire them, they don’t publicly support them. Exceptions only prove the rule. Female solidarity is more manifested in the private environment, in family matters, where women unconditionally offer their help and sacrifice for each other.

Starting from a reality that shows that gender equality exists more than those posted on walls or on internal regulations, it can be seen that women themselves are the ones who do not vote for women, do not recruit women and do not promote women.

There is a competition, with unwritten rules, where girls are raised in the spirit of competition with other girls of the same age – to be beautiful, in the sense of “looking at their best”, to attract boys’ attention, to always be in the first place – at school, as “prom leader” –  or in sports competitions, first on the podium as a champion. The pressure on girls’ shoulders is even greater in male-dominated environments (IT industry, military environments, aerospace industries, and predominantly technical industries). If they penetrate these exclusive areas, they have to work much harder to prove that they are just as capable and that they deserve their place.

On a personal level, girls are instilled with the idea of ​​competing for “the best man”, “the best financial situation”, “the most desired social status”, “the most beautiful, smart and successful children”, and the pattern is perpetuated from generation to generation.

At the organizational level, many employers and recruiters prefer men in positions that can be occupied as well by women. The most common reasons are: women get pregnant, want maternity leave, have young children who get sick quickly and require their presence, some are absent due to menstrual problems or others due to elderly parents to take care of. Men seem to be absolved of any of the above responsibilities (except for pregnancy and childbirth, of course).

The good news is that there are also examples of good practices in encouraging and promoting women professionally. We want to promote them. And let’s also create the context in which they are encouraged and expressed more often.

In a world where we increasingly experience the D-VUCAD “matrix” (disruption, volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity, diversity), the values ​​of female leadership bring solutions to every uncertainty, volatility and diversity we face now, in situations like pandemics, war, geoclimatic changes.

Intuition, empathy, flexibility, care, compassion, resilience, team spirit, connection to nature, active listening and adaptability are timeless values ​​of female leadership that guide us into the new era of emerging innovative technologies. And let’s not forget the power of vulnerability, a typically feminine paradox that helps us change unfavorable conditions into favorable conditions. All these soft skills are genetically imprinted in the female structure and help us transform the world by ourselves, without entering into conflict with men or creating unnecessary segregation.

The bottom line is that femininity doesn’t need to define new attributes or qualities, it just needs to reconnect to specific ones. Women have an extraordinary ability to reinvent themselves in the new age of artificial intelligence. Being aware of these feminine forces can be of great help.

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