What changes at work when there's a woman in charge?
In too many fields, female role models are a luxury young women can’t take for granted. A woman boss can help you figure out who you want to be — whether that means showing you how to navigate workplace sexism, or serving as a cautionary example. (And, of course, as Ann Friedman has written, being a female boss comes with its own set of challenges.)
What changes when women are in charge? The Cut asked ten women about how female leadership has shaped their goals, self-image, and careers.
She doesn’t sugarcoat.
“Sometimes after I give my opinion, I think, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t have said that,'" says Ali, 28, who works for an insurance company. “I told my boss, ‘I think I’m too outspoken.’ She said, ‘Would you think that if you were a man? Don’t second-guess yourself. Don’t change yourself!'”