Career Perspectives from Workplace Leaders
Women Lead is an in-depth examination of women’s role in today’s workplace. Drawing on interviews with nearly 200 women leaders, and survey responses from more than 3000 male and female managers, the book explains 21st-century career trends and provides practical advice to help women excel in the new world of work. Readers will discover facts, figures, and real-life stories about leadership, education, and career planning, and learn how women are using negotiation, networking, and other collaborative practices to lead their organizations into the future.
11. Women to Women: Life Lessons from Mothers and Daughters
Women to Women
Life Lessons from Mothers and Daughters
Very often, the most influential person in a woman’s life is her mother. The mother-daughter relationship is enduring and powerful. Daughters seek their mothers’ approval well into midlife,1 while 75% of older mothers name their daughters among the three most important people in their lives.2 Mothers are typically women’s first and most crucial role models: the people they look to (or react against) when learning how to be workers, wives, partners, friends, community members, and mothers themselves.3
The mother-daughter relationship can be complex and often challenging, especially when daughters are young and asserting their independence, but it is the most resilient of family relationships. Mothers and daughters handle conflict with one another better than any other family pairing, says Professor Karen Fingerman, who has extensively studied the mother-daughter relationship. Women, she states, are better at maintaining relationships with high levels of intimacy.4 But the overwhelming majority of women are happy with their mothers: From 80% to 90% of women at midlife report good relationships with their mothers, and say they wish these relationships were even stronger.5 Seventy-eight percent of women and girls ages 12 to 38 state they are moderately to very happy with their mothers.6 And in a study of successful women of color, 95% described their mothers in positive terms: as loving, kind, creative, caring, intelligent, loyal, and compassionate.7 ← 161 | 162 →
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