Have you ever gotten the impression that as a woman you had to work harder than your male colleagues to reach certain positions?
During my working life, so far I have not really gotten the impression that women have to achieve more. In my perception, women are more perfectionist and voluntarily do 120 percent, but sell it below value – as if it were a trifle. Men, on the other hand, no matter how much they do, tend to sell it as if it were 120 percent (laughing). I know, it’s a cliché, but there is a spark of truth in it! I also believe that women are as ambitious as men. I just think that we are much more frugal and patient and don't communicate as often and as early what we have achieved and what we aim for next.
Why is the proportion of women in the top management of big companies in Germany and other European countries still very low, often less than 10 percent?
This has grown historically. People tend to promote like-minded people and similar types, as they are themselves. If you leave this to evolution, it will simply take a while to change.
So instead of leaving it to evolution – what changes would you propose?
As an initial spark, I am in favor of introducing a mandatory quota for women – as a revolutionary element, so that something can change in the foreseeable future. As a prerequisite for this, Germany in particular needs to improve framework conditions such as childcare offerings. In companies, potential managers – whether male or female – must be made visible, e.g. through mentoring programs.