I've started the year by trying to sort my shit out. Cleaning out my email, organizing my office, getting rid of clothing I don't wear, making sense of ticket stubs I've saved (for some reason). I've been doing all of this in attempt to achieve one of my New Year's resolutions: sell, donate, or throw away things that I don't need or use.
While going through my favorites on Google Chrome (the cleaning is getting that detailed) I found an article that I saved last spring titled "Who wants to be CEO? Not Millennial Women." The article largely discusses why women don't want to be CEO in this day and age. I imagine that I saved this article because I am one of the 31% of women that do not want to be CEO.
In the article they chock the 31% statistic up to women not having enough role models, strong women in a C-suite level job, paving the way for us. To put it in perspective, "more big companies are run by men named John than are run by women sounds like it belongs in The Onion, it actually ran in the New York Times."
While that might be a logical conclusion, as someone that doesn't have any interest of being CEO I'd like to offer a different perspective: being CEO comes with a lot of responsibility, stress, and zero work/life balance. To that, I say no thank you.
What's the point of working so hard that you can't enjoy any of the spoils? I have a fiance, two dogs, the rest of my family, and my friends. If I'm working that hard at my job, do I get to spend time with the people that matter most to me?
There are so many strong female leaders that are stepping up and driving the modern feminist movement. But to be clear, feminism is by definition the ability for people to have equal rights regardless of gender. That being said, it is completely fine for women to not want to be CEO just as much as other men don't want to be CEO. Even if gender equality finally becomes an actuality there will always be fewer CEO positions than there are people, regardless of gender.
We need to support people (men and women) to prioritize things that are most important to them. If it's career success, maybe they'll be a CEO someday. If your number one priority is family, being CEO of a large corporation might not be the right role. Being the CEO of the household might be your dream job.
My dad always told me that I could do whatever I wanted to do, but I should always strive to do the best I could do. "If you want to be a bum, be the best bum you can be," he used to say (I'm pretty sure he didn't actually want me to be a bum, but you get the point). I won't be a CEO one day, but I hope to be a great writer one day and that is just as important.