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Top of the Corporate Ladder Equals Depression for Many Women

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Top of the Corporate Ladder Often Equals Depression for Women Beatrice Preve/PhotoSpin

Equal Work for Equal Pay? 21st Century Reality

In our world of female rights and women working to provide for their families in what is still a predominantly male-dominated society, working your way up the corporate ladder may be seen as the pinnacle of a woman’s career.

Much of this generation’s hard-working women have been “trained” to believe that we have to work harder and longer hours, often sacrificing our more innate nurturing and cooperative natures.

Being in a position that involves looking after and dealing with the emotions of others takes a great toll on women. We are naturally empathetic creatures and don’t always like delivering difficult or bad news.

We like to support and encourage, so when a situation comes up that requires us to make a hard decision that affects someone else’s job and the ability to look after their family, we take these things somewhat personally even though the action was necessary. We feel the impact of our decisions and the effect it has on someone else.

But much of our world is still very much male dominated and many women face gender discrimination in the workplace. We're chastised and even demoted when we become pregnant. We have to work longer and harder hours to surpass the performance of male counterparts to prove that we can do the job.

Even when we do this and have earned the right in the hierarchy of a business to take on a leadership role, we may still face fierce competition from employers who still don’t believe a woman can be qualified or capable.

Many women are still being paid less than their male counterparts for the exact same position or level of authority.

All this adds up to greater stress levels, not only at work but in managing a family as well, and can leave female executives more susceptible to depression.

How Male-Defined Authority Affects Stress Levels in Women

Women are nearly twice as likely as men to experience depression, according to MayoClinic.org. About 1 in 5 women deal with depression at some point in their lives most commonly between 40 and 59 years of age, though it can hit at any time.

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