Womenin Business and Labor: Challenges and Opportunities
Atthe University’s Conference, three women in different fields had achance to talk about their entrepreneurial experiences. They wereMichelle Porter in the education sector, Julissa Carielo inconstruction, and Debra Innocent in the law profession. Thediscussion of this paper will focus on the opportunities that ledthem to the businesses they pursue and the challenges each faced intheir distinct sectors.
Porterwas teaching in a Senatorial school when she realized that one schoolwas air-conditioned. It presented an opportunity to create aconducive learning environment for students since most schools werenot air-conditioned. Similarly, her passion for equity and equalityto all students made her move to create air-conditioned classrooms asuccess. Julissa worked as an accountant in an architectural firm,and she was good at identifying problems with numbers in variousdepartments. She got noticed as an effective problem solver, and herlove for the industry made her quit her job at the age of 35 toventure into the construction sector as a contractor. Debra worked inmulti-billion companies as an advocate in financial law, and she wasa tech savvy since her campus days as she got consulted ontech-related problems. She decided to take advantage of theopportunity presented to her and incorporated technology into law toaddress cases of IP protection, financing and cyberbullying.
Interestingly,the challenges encountered point men as the primary obstacles towomen’s achievements in business. Porter got misunderstood by amale superintendent on how she could to be nice and nurture childrenat the same time, and she had to put it clear that it was possible tonurture without displaying toughness. Julissa’s field is maledominated, and men said offensive things about her. Thesuperintendent barred her from going to the field, and when herproposals went through, men were surprised and stated that she wasnot supposed to be in construction. Finally, men did not take Debraseriously. She felt that her growth was suppressed by being denied anopportunity to advance. She engaged one of the men in opencommunication and expressed how she felt about her treatment from themale counterparts, which transited in her smooth operation.
Inconclusion, it emerges that men engineer most challenges faced bywomen, and women have to engage them in open communication for theiraccommodation and acceptance. However, what stands out is that womenshould be keen of their environment to identify the opportunitiespresented to them especially as a market niche, and take advantage ofthem