- Against the wind: How women can be their authentic selves in male-dominated professions
Against the wind: How women can be their authentic selves in male-dominated professions
Women chose to enter male-dominated professions, such as the military, police or emergency services, for many reasons - a sense of purpose and to serve the community, or the nation. These and other industries, such as mining, banking and even law firms, also attract women who like a challenge, are seeking personal gratification and satisfaction in a less traditional occupation or believe they can make a difference. All admirable reasons. But for many women, the reality is that they lose themselves in conforming to institutions built by men for men and despite their biological sex, women often adopt gendered masculine stereotypical behaviour more culturally accepted in combat, or on the streets, down the coal mine, or in the court room. They become blind to the systemic discrimination and cultural barriers that make it hard, even in 2019, for women to reach senior levels of leadership. They do this to ‘survive’ in their chosen profession.
Against the wind provides practical ‘how to’ strategies to overcome the challenges, adversity, complexities, and obstacles that women can face throughout their careers. Author, Jennifer Wittwer, uses her extensive military experience to demonstrate how overcoming the obstacles and challenges of male-dominated professions, and taking opportunities, can enable every woman to ‘be what they can’t see’. Using a model that reflects this, Jennifer proposes strategies that will empower women to step up, own their own space, use their voice, and be heard.
Against the wind is an informative, comprehensive and easy-to-follow journey in which Jennifer that encourages women to:
- Tackle the ‘firsts’ that still exist in their profession, say yes to opportunities and work out how later, and find and follow their passions.
- Find their strengths, by being more self-aware, value their contribution, and say no to ‘imposter syndrome’.
- Build their resilience through overcoming adversity and challenges, and find the silver lining.
- Take new directions in their career and life, promote themselves unapologetically, and create their brand.
- Think B.I.G – Big and Bold Goals, celebrate women that achieve the ‘firsts’, and find their voice Becoming ‘what you can’t see’ and aspiring to more than conformity and sameness in the workplace, is more than achievable. It’s a necessity. For women, for businesses or organizations, and for social impact and change.
Details: Non-fiction, published 2020.
Format: Soft cover, illustrations, 184 pages.
Dimensions: 23.4 cm (h) x 15.3 cm (w) / 400 grams.