Former Mining Industry VP Discusses "Gender Physics"

03/08/10 Lisa Marzilli
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With the recession on the brink of becoming the longest in the postwar era, The New York Times reports that women are poised to surpass men on the nation’s payrolls, taking the majority for the first time in U.S. history. The reason, according to the Times, is not that more women are being hired, but that over 80 percent of the job losses have befallen men. But even though women currently outnumber men in the workforce, women remain a distinct minority in upper management.

Betty-Ann Heggie is a former senior vice president at PotashCorp, the world’s largest fertilizer company. In 2006, she was named one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women. She now writes and lectures about a concept she calls “gender physics.”

Heggie says both masculine and feminine energies have an important role to play in the workplace, and that too much of one can end up hurting a company.

According to the latest government data, women earn only 80 cents for each dollar their male counterparts earn. And a new report released today by the International Trade Union Confederation says women with children earn almost a third less than men.

Heggie says the fact that more women are becoming the primary bread winner in the family could help to change that statistic.

Heggie is also heavily involved in mentoring, and believes it is vital in getting more women into corporate executive positions.

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