You’ve heard about the comedy of “mansplaining.”
You know, the made
up word to describe
when a man explains
something to a woman
in a manner that could
be regarded as condescending or patronizing.
A tone that men, no doubt, experience, too. I am
sure many men feel they've been womansplained to.
Well, here’s a new one for you – “ladyviewing.”
That’s when people (including women) interview a
woman in business – but all they want to ask her about
is being a woman, instead of about being in business.
They may be well-intentioned, but do these types of
interviews happen a bit too often and do they focus
more on problems than solutions? Yes, we need to
shine the light on the persistent and disturbing gaps
that exist for women in business (in venture capital, pay,
board seats, STEM, etc.), but is ladyviewing the way to
do it? Why not, a bit more often, just focus on business
and the challenges that apply to both genders.
Judge for yourself. Here are the common questions I get asked during a ladyview.
Can women really have it all?
No. And neither can men. But you can have what
matters most and what you are willing to make
sacrifices and tradeoffs for. Have you ever met any
entrepreneur - male or female - who didn't have to
make a boatload of trade-offs?
Is raising venture capital hard for a woman?
Yes. Getting funding is hard – period. For women
and men. Especially in our current business climate.
You have to ask, listen, learn, iterate, ask again. Would
you like to talk about how to learn from the 100s of
“No’s” you’ll get along the way and how to structure
a winning pitch? Or how to bootstrap? We could talk
about that, and I could give you some useful take-
aways, or we could just reiterate the stats that 97%
of venture capitalists are male and and only 2.7% of
companies that received venture funding from 2011
By Jessica Herrin
Surviving the 'Ladyview'