11 Julia MacRae recalls having to work harder than her male colleagues


I know when I travelled for publishing, which I did a lot, if I’d been travelling with male colleagues they’d go and play golf and I’d still have six appointments during the day.  I felt I had to work harder, that I had to maintain a professional pace that was tougher, because I think people were ready to say ‘Oh, she’s only a woman, therefore she’s weaker’, and I think that’s why you’ll find some women executives are quite aggressive because it’s genetically supposed that we’re weaker.

I remember in Australia once, when I really wasn’t well, carrying on working on a tour when I shouldn’t have been, because I thought if I stop they’re going to say ‘Oh well, of course, she’s a woman, and she’s not able to keep up the pace’.

And I’m sure that probably still exists to some extent now, which makes women executives get a bit of a reputation for being very tough.

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