Female leaders in the workplace – breaking the glass slipper, ceiling & cliff

Female leaders in the workplace – breaking the glass slipper, ceiling & cliff

Written in conjunction with Frieda Levycky of Braving Boundaries

Think back to when you still played with dolls and had tea parties with your teddy bears. When we all still believed in magic and talking animals. When we all still watched Walt Disney with a certain sense of belief. And wonder.

We all wanted to be the heroine in our own stories. We all wanted to be the princesses in our own fairytales.

Take Cinderella as an example. Despite being, for want of a better word, a servant in the beginning of the story, we all still wanted talking mice as friends like her, we all wanted to talk to birds like her and we all wanted to have our own Happily Ever After like her. We all wanted to be Cinderella.

I mean, why not? At the end of the day she was rewarded for her hard work and strife with one night that changed her life. Forever.


The fairy tale – no glass ceilings or cliffs in sight
Donned in her one-of-a-kind, exquisite dress and glass slippers (all provided by her magical Fairy Godmother), Cinderella runs down the stairs as the clock strikes 12 (just before her carriage turns into a pumpkin) leaving behind one glass slipper – the only clue to her identity for her one true love to find.

Umm, hello? Wouldn’t he just recognize her face, her laugh, her voice? Why the glass slipper? And – as an aside – if it fit so perfectly, how did it fall off her foot in the first place?

Miraculously, prince charming by sheer wit and will alone (whatev’s) finally finds Cinderella, the glass slipper fitting her perfectly (I mean how unique were her feet?) and suddenly he recognizes her. Because of her glass slipper….. not because of her.

And they lived Happily Ever After.

Simple as that.


I mean a shoe cannot be the key to a Happily Ever After, can it? (If so, then Alicia, here is the proof that your shoe fetish has been wholeheartedly justified).

Read the full article here – https://bravingboundaries.com/female-leaders-breaking-the-glass-ceiling/

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