Since the rise of feminism, more and more women are feeling empowered to enter the workforce and strive for positions previously dominated by men. Since the Suffragettes in the early 1900s, we have seen multiple women enter the political world and have a significant voice in the running of our nation. We have seen some of the largest companies controlled by women, leading to huge successes. Despite this, inequality still exists.
The famous words of Elle Woods, “Like it’s hard”, represents an attitude that all women should have but unfortunately don’t. This isn’t something we should be ashamed off or made feel inferior about, in reality it’s just the result of a patriarchist history. When I was in high school, Leadership Developer Gillian Fox came and completed a short course surrounding women in the workplace. One of the key messages Ms Fox left us with is that women are always capable, they are just usually hesitant to take the risk. Think about, when searching for a job, a woman will ensure they fit all the criteria before applying for it, automatically limiting their chances. On the other hand, a man might also fit 60% of the criteria and would still go for it. As a result men often progress more quickly in their career and ultimately end up in those leadership positions.
The significance of Elle Woods decision to go to Law School was about more than a simple degree, it was a woman taking a risk with exceptional odds against her. You hear it straight from the mouths of the Harvard committee, Elle did not meet most of the usual criteria for a Harvard Law School, her GPD in Fashion and amazing LSAT being the exception. She, however, took a leap of faith, maintained a confident attitude and refused to let any personal doubt stop her.
The “Like it’s hard” attitude is not just a famous quote but it is an anthem for women to believe in the extent of their skill and abilities. Whatever you want to do, you can absolutely do it and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise because ultimately you will never get the job if you don’t try.
written by: Lizzie Burgess