WBC #16: Concerning being Young and Female

Advocacy on any issue you feel isn’t talked about enough

I believe we all stand for something. There is a lot of horrible things happening in the world for everyone to pick and choose what to cry out about. Some may seem weightier and more significant than others but I’m sure, the baseline for all of it is to ensure we make the world a better place than what we came to meet.

I think there is no better time to be young than it is today. This era encourages risk taking like never before. Opportunities abound for people to learn any skill one desires and start any business they are passionate about. No wonder so many million-dollar businesses have sprung up from the ideas of young and ambitious people.

Nevertheless, being young is not altogether rosy; especially on my side of the global village. No matter how smart and promising you are, your age and thus your lack of experience is used against you; to clip your wings somewhat. Those in higher positions like to use age as a determinant in qualifying you for a role you know very well you can fill. Then they shut you up with the ‘years of experience’ clause.

There are people who have filled positions for decades now and still do things the ancient way in their organizations. They refuse to adapt the revised, smart and more efficient ways of getting things done and it is costing companies money, results and the needed recognition.

The young people who may be bringing out all the brilliant ideas and doing the most work would be receiving the trickling residue from the salary chain. What happens next, they become disgruntled and leave with their ideas. The only good thing about this is that, it has pushed many young people to become entrepreneurs and is helping reshape the business community.

And if you are not only young but female, the pressure is even more intense. No matter how much you want to prove that you have the needed intellect to get the work done, it seems all people see is your sexuality. It’s almost becoming industry standard to appeal to people in a certain way to be considered fit for a job. Thus, women have to work about twice as hard to earn a seat at the table and keep proving why they deserve it.

Most young ladies now believe since their appearance would give them a better chance than their brains, they are willing to invest more in their looks than developing themselves intellectually. This may give them the jobs they are looking for but in the long term, they lose out because they don’t have what it takes to be at the helm of affairs.

Let’s support the youth and women in our society because the future depend on them/us.

What issue are you passionate about? Kindly share and thanks for reading.

© Josephine Amoako 2019

6 Comments Add yours

    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for reading 😊

      Liked by 1 person

  1. musanjufu benjamin kavubu says:

    Being young, being a millennial is hard, but or time will come because at some point they will get extinct and according to research our child generation z are going to have some of the best times on this planet due to our thoughtful policies we are going to put in place at our time

    Liked by 1 person

      1. musanjufu benjamin kavubu says:

        I have faith in research

        Liked by 1 person

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