Last fall, I was the first visibly pregnant CEO on the cover of a business magazine—a powerful symbol in a climate in which women-founded startups attracted less than 3% of venture dollars. (That number is even more dismal for women of color.) The accompanying Inc. profile celebrated the successes of The Wing, a network of spaces for women that I cofounded with Lauren Kassan. Off the page, we were having real challenges as a company. But I wasn’t talking about those. advertisement advertisement Instead, I was selling a new version of a decades-old fantasy that, as women, we can have it all: Be a young CEO, scale a fast-growing business, start a family. Not pictured were the brutal demands of growth, the overwhelming, uncharted waters of new motherhood, and the fear of failure that comes along with being a founder. Off the page, we were having real challenges as a company. But I wasn’t talking about those.” As a society, we decry the dismally low number of women who scale successful companies. The myth around female leadership is partly to blame. We’re still sold a dazzlingly unrealistic image of a superwoman—or in 2020, a girlboss. She raises capital without raising… Read full this story
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