Note: I agree with everything you wrote, my comments are additive not negative.

If we use the adage of 10,000 hours to become an expert of anything, which roughly is 5 years in a position.

When you take a new position, do you have 10,000, 8,000, or 5,000?

There is no right answer, the reality is a company is going to want you in that position for 2-3 years? Come in with 10,000, super, the thing is a person maybe stagnant for that time frame. What then?

Most people will say climb the ladder baby! Well, if one looks around, economic step ups are getting harder and harder to come by since the bottom of the ladders is being chopped by outsourcing, and the top of the ladder is the same too (in 2000 it was H1-B).

I am blessed, I am privileged, and you know what I have had it easier then a woman or POC fighting the fight. I acknowledge that 100%. I also tried to help people who were disadvantaged along the way, but I don't have kids, and given I lived in the Midwest. Lets say high tech work and great jobs, well they didn't exist.

I worked as a road warrior clocking the miles, working and billing 60-90 hours a week for decades. Hell as I type this right now, I haven't had a day off since June 30th. I am highly paid, highly motivated and damn good at my job.

That being said I have been working as a software architect (generic title) at various levels for nearly 15 years. I have been lead architect and a normal architect. Once the Great Recession hit I got very conservative (similar to what women in your articles do), because I have a horse farm and a female partner who tries her best to run her ag business as a woman.

But even prior to 2008, I jumped jobs, I even was promoted up in one company that they stalled me for 2 years due to dot-com haircuts and a lack of money. I had high ratings "cut" by HR because to give it to me would exhaust their pool.

I continue to push it. How? I see women busting their tails and never giving up, so I won't either.

So yes, women should take that risk. Don't wait until you have 10,000 hours or 100%. 80% is probably going to be good enough to make due. If the job is lower level 50% definitely.

Be strong, be assertive, attack with facts, and use the strength that comes from living in a community of women.

The issue is "risk" maybe great in the short term, but fails in the long term. I have at my company and several times before "predicted" a future issue 18 months prior, to have it happen and then have people literally "professionally gaslight me". When I slam them with data (like a woman will do), things get quiet fast.

One issue many years ago, there were 3 people that survived massive layoffs. I found out later they were two people that backed me (they were men). The rest including the big bosses .... were fired.

Karma per 2020 is in full effect. Team work matters, communication is queen/king, being skilled and using and working with data is critical.

And most importantly treating everyone with respect and consent to do things is the only thing people should do. The time saved in the long term, pays back big time.

Fantastic article as always. You have one guy here who is here to help and use his privilege when needed. I am also comfortable following too, for some of my best bosses were female.

So The future is female ... and I applaud it.

Lover of people, Texas Feminist Liberal Democrat, Horse Farm, High Tech Gadget ENFP Guy, and someone who appreciates the struggle of women and wants to help.

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