Liz Elting, entrepreneur and business leader, writes about common barriers challenging women in their careers. Elting suggests that corporate culture and the modern workplace was built around the historical nuclear family: a working father and a stay-at-home mom. As a result, the formation of boys’ clubs became apparent as “havens for toxicity, relying on a degree of sexist humor and objectification for their camaraderie,” and they remain places where women cannot benefit from the networking and mentoring opportunities within. Elting says that the best way to combat these boys’ clubs, is to recognize the power dynamic that exists, and to go around the system of exclusion to create an open network of female leaders who promote long term change, connections, and opportunities.
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