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Obstacles facing women’s success | infographic


Can women have it all? Managing career and family while maintaining sanity isn’t easy, but while there are obstacles facing women’s success, most women believe they can have it all: fulfilling career, relationships, and children.

Women have faced many challenges within the workforce and have broken down many barriers over the years, but a study sponsored by Ghirardelli shows that 51% of women still lack clear career paths, 44% face inequality in pay, 44% struggle with juggling family life and 33% lack mentors or role models within the workplace.

Finding a balance between your work and home life can also be hard, the notion that you can have it all is difficult, even when you have tried to plan every last detail. And even for the successful women who have blazed a trail before you, there are still challenges to face, with 77% of women worldwide considering their careers successful, but admitting there are still challenges.

Additionally, having a great balance between work and home should be easier. But in a world where we always seem to be rushing everywhere, doing everything, it is no wonder women struggle. But why do the two have to be difficult and separate?

Despite the difficulties women face with this balance, 74% of women believe they can have it all. Women work very hard in all aspects of their life but when it comes to their professional aspirations, they can be heavily criticized for their drive and for not conforming to traditional female roles such as being a stay-at-home mum.

But it is a decision the woman has to make and the divide between working mums and stay-at-home mums is fairly close, with 25% of women saying they love their children but could never be stay-at-home mums and 22% of women saying they love their jobs but would prefer to be stay-at-home mums, if given the choice.

Many things about women in the workplace have changed within the last ten years, with the ratio of those earning a high salary going down from 56% 5-10 years ago to 45% today.

Additionally, the ratio of women finding a balance between their work and home lives has increased significantly from 39% 5-10 years ago, 63% today.

Success is a hard thing to calculate and is often defined differently, depending on who you ask. But who you ask and however it is defined, women do seem to be finding the balance between their work and home lives, no matter how difficult it is or how much they have to juggle. We can have it all, after all.

  • In finding your own balance, look at how other women you admire have done it.
  • Remember, everybody has the right to make different choices about the balance.
  • No matter how you choose, or juggle, don’t let yourself burn out.




About Rowena Nagy

Rowena Nagy is a Journalist at The Business Woman Media. A graduate in Journalism, Media and Communications, she is passionate about in writing, travel journalism, video journalism and Public Relations.

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  1. Faith Berreta

    March 27, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Obstacles of our own making are the worst.

  2. Cindy Taylor-Brown

    March 29, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Keep strong. Push through.

  3. Pilaga Montez

    March 30, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Does anybody doubt there will still be obstacles 50 years from now.

  4. Patti Holden

    March 30, 2015 at 3:50 am

    This is so true.

  5. Fiona Baxter

    March 31, 2015 at 5:33 am

    As if it wasn’t hard enough!

  6. Trisha Jeffreys

    March 31, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    More than just a glass ceiling to hit you on the head!

  7. Jenny L

    March 31, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Mapping it out like this helps.

  8. Lara Jefferson

    April 9, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Sometimes the biggest obstacle can be other women.

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