LinkedIn is not only painfully boringbut that often sounds like a sausage party filled with high-level white men. And the research confirms this: in 2017, a study by LinkedIn has revealed how sexist norms infiltrate the way men and women show up on LinkedIn. By analyzing over 141 million profiles in the United States, it was found that women walked and their successes far less than men.
In an effort to give women a better professional platform, Girlboss CEO and Founder Sophia Amoruso launched the company's first ever free social networking site: Professional Networking 2.0, nicknamed "LinkedIn for women. "
On Girlboss' new professional website, available in the United States, women entrepreneurs, creative and freelancers can connect directly to like-minded peers and industry leaders. Among its members are already Jen Rubio, Payal Kadakia and Bozoma St. John, who are participate in a Q & A session as part of the launch of the platform.
Amoruso built this platform after discovering that 23% of millennials are on LinkedIn, reinforcing Girlboss's belief that the traditional resume is outdated and does not serve the current generation. "We are so much more than our experience, we exchange on our personalities, our ideas and our creativity as we had not done years ago," Girlboss said in her press release.
Unlike LinkedIn, Girlboss views member profiles as an updated, more complete version of the standard resume. Users can share their work experience with a full biography, their horoscope reading and their favorite "Girlboss Moment".
But, do women need a platform like Girlboss?
Although it can not be denied that the odds are against women when it comes to VC financing, discrimination in the workplace, and pay equity, we need to ask ourselves whether women-focused projects like Girlboss's professional networking site are helpful or offensive in achieving gender equality.
Another example is the multitude of women-focused activities that have been launched to address gender issues in technology. Such events seek to create a safe, non-discriminatory and problem-oriented space for women. But some have raised concerns about these events create a greater gender gapand exclude men from the conversation.
The Girlboss website claims that it is "open to all", which presumably includes men. But as in conversations about feminism, it's important to point out that most Projects, events and platforms focused on women are not really about excluding men. – they simply put women in the spotlight, which rarely occurs naturally in the workplace, especially in STEM or LinkedIn.
With many similar networks focused on women, include Bumble Biz, the professional platform for women-friendly dating apps, and The Wing, a community and collaborative work space designed for women. .
Girlboss also plans to launch an app for its professional networking site soon. You can check their platform right here.
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