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Biggest challenges faced by women project managers
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Please share the biggest challenges a woman project manager faces?

Let us have an open and frank discussion.

Comments are welcome from both genders.
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I feel like, in my experience, things have gotten a lot better in the last 12 years - people listen to me, they take me seriously, and I have proven to be a team player, so people want to have me around. 12 or longer years ago, I used to get a lot of sexism, ageism (too young) and general foolishness at work, but that has mostly evaporated.

Oh, and I'm a TPM in Seattle, WA.
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1 reply by Sripriya Narayanasamy
Nov 28, 2018 10:22 AM
Sripriya Narayanasamy
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Yes, Annette.

Things have improved a lot compared to what it was when I started the career. I remember my early days when it used to be very difficult to make your team manager accept your point of you just because it was mentioned by a lady.

Thank you for your views
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Good point from Annette, things much improved but in different countries female PM still face a lot of challenge
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I guess it will have a lot to do with the region you work in. I know from experience that certain cultures give more attention to something a male says than his female counter part. Having worked in almost every country in the world I found myself in positions where what the female PM (competent) said was often confirmed with me, not because I better qualified or better looking but because I am a male. So I would have to say prejudice is still a big challenge but I have seen it improve, slowly.
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Wow what a hot topic. It is confusing though because sometimes I end up questioning myself and be like is it me or i was just got dismissed because of my gendre . if a female is assertive , direct and gets to the point then she is bossy .On the other hand a male with the same qualities is not bossy . Anyways I still get along with my male collagues and I have to be sensitive to the culture and get my point across in a more delicate way that wouldn't hurt their ego's.
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Sripriya -

Beyond not being treated fairly relative to their male counterparts, another challenge is the impact to their career growth should they choose to take a pause to have kids.

While companies (in most Western countries) are required to hold someone's job for them till they return from such leaves, not all companies do a good job of helping the individual stay current with what is changing so that they won't have taken a big step back when they do return to work.

Kiron
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Sripriya,

There are many factor at play here. Some that have a biggest influences is country/region culture and corporate culture.
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Vincent I fully agree with you. Country/region culture is a determinant.
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From my experience so far, I have never faced a situation where my decisions were not valued because of gender discrimination.May be I was fortunate enough to have good managers who trusted my abilities.Also as many people have mentioned above, it could be a cultural/regional issue still prevailing in few places.
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Overall in my career I would say I have not faced a lot of gender discrimination. I have had individuals on project teams though that seemed to have an issue with women in leadership roles who tried very hard to make the project unsuccessful. That was more of a reflection on the individual then on the country or culture.
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Nov 26, 2018 5:26 PM
Replying to Annette Suh
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I feel like, in my experience, things have gotten a lot better in the last 12 years - people listen to me, they take me seriously, and I have proven to be a team player, so people want to have me around. 12 or longer years ago, I used to get a lot of sexism, ageism (too young) and general foolishness at work, but that has mostly evaporated.

Oh, and I'm a TPM in Seattle, WA.
Yes, Annette.

Things have improved a lot compared to what it was when I started the career. I remember my early days when it used to be very difficult to make your team manager accept your point of you just because it was mentioned by a lady.

Thank you for your views
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