More On Women "Leaning In" From Mary Bennett

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Do you know Mary Bennett? If not, I hope this post helps you understand how Mary has been key in resolving some of the on-going challenges for women in the CPA profession.

She is the founder of MLBennett Consulting and has more than 25 years of experience as a client services consultant to the accounting profession. She is the long-time chair of the AICPA Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee.

Mary recently contributed an article to CPA Insider that is important for you to read and to pass along to others at your accounting firm. It is titled, Time To Level The Playing Field For Men And Women. 

Here is just one thought-provoking paragraph from the article. Please follow the link, above, to read the entire article.

I recently had a meeting with a senior partner and two leaders. One of the leaders was a young man, the other a young woman. The man demonstrated his initiative and willingness to take on a risky assignment by using sports analogies and repeatedly stating that he was on board. The woman demonstrated her commitment and willingness to jump in and take the risk by asking questions about the assignment, assessing the situations, and preparing to plan. After the meeting, the partner said to me, “Obviously he is ready for this and she is not because all she did is ask questions. It is unfortunate because she is really more qualified to lead this.” This commonplace “reading of behavior” and looking for what we have seen in male peers in past situations is an example of not recognizing “leaning in” when it may be there. 

(Picture: Mary Bennett, is that you with Rita?)

"No one has ever asked an actor, 'You're playing a strong-minded man...' We assume that men are strong-minded, or have opinions. But a strong-minded woman is a different animal."
Meryl Streep


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Thank you Rita- the original article published by the AICPA is an answer to many questions I have received about the recent "Lean In" book and how it relates to careers in accounting and the journey of women.