The possibilities and pitfalls of mentorship
“You don’t want someone that will tell you exactly what to do. That’s not the point of a mentor.”
Two women share a name, a hometown, and a devotion to the law.
They act as a “social vaccine” that protects female students against negative stereotypes and gives them a sense of belonging.
Lauren Williams, the features editor at Essence, on the importance of mentorship in an industry short on diversity
The vice president—and other powerful men—regularly avoid one-on-one meetings with women in the name of protecting their families. In the end, what suffers is women’s progress.
Knowing the right people certainly has benefits, but how long do they last?
There’s no one right approach, but they all start with reaching boys early.