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Is freelancing the solution for the emancipation of women ?, by Arièle Bonte
More and more women are leaving the workforce to become independent and freelance
Tell me more.
A British study (Kingston University) showed that even if men still dominate the freelance market, more and more women are turning to this career choice, especially those with skills. Very high skills. Still according to the study, the number of self-employed women increased by 63%, compared to 37% of men in the United Kingdom between 2008 and 2018.
What does that mean?
In a text published in the newsletter The Professional Freelancer, journalist Anna Codrea-Rado reminds that in the business world, women have to face many difficulties: going from the ambient machismo to the glass ceiling, passing by wage inequality, harassment and the temperature in the open space (never high enough, is it?). But according to this independence expert, « having to leave traditional employment to find fulfilment in work is not an indicator of equality. It just highlights that work as we know it is failing women ».
That’s not all.
I interviewed several female freelancers around me to find out their motivations and they all confirmed the results of another study, carried out on nearly 2000 people by the Freelancers Union and Edelman Berland, an independent research firm. The results show that women are more likely than men (71% against 51%) to choose this status to earn more money – and in particular reduce the wage gap – but also to benefit from a timetable. more flexible (58% versus 43%).
Instead of clinging to a system that does not suit them, made by men and for men, a certain number of women are determined to create their own reality elsewhere, tie links with customers who share their values (because yes, these people exist!) and work on their self-confidence and their work capacities.
OK, and now what do we do?
When chosen, freelance status represents a real opportunity for independence. I left the newsroom where I worked for 3 years several months ago to start freelancing. I see several positive points. Between the obvious advantage of being able to shape your daily life as you wish (I am writing this newsletter on a train between Paris and Lausanne), decide on projects which we (really) want to work or even say goodbye to presenteeism and to the endless and useless end-of-day meetings.
Independence is an opportunity to rethink our lifestyles, to completely review the concept of « productivity », to learn to say no and to aim for quality more than quantity. « The whole point of being independent is to work on your strengths, » A., a freelance friend, told me the other day. She is part of my solid base of indie journalists with whom I work regularly. Trust me, I’ve never experienced sorority as much as in the past few months. A payment hassle? Any doubt about a typical mail? A budget to approach a potential future customer? I know that I will not be alone in my endeavors and that good advice will always be waiting for me at the other end of a Whatsapp conversation.
Being independent or not being independent.
So yes, self-employed status allows you to bypass a world of work that is always hostile to women and their ambitions. But beware, « despite the hype around this status, it is not for everyone », reminds me M., another friend who combines independence and entrepreneurship. If it can emancipate us from a toxic environment, there is nonetheless an environment also affected by inequalities: women have not chosen this status. Others also face wage inequality and all kinds of abuse. In short, as usual, the road to equality is still a long way to go but if independence is your choice, emancipation is not far away.
Sista is a collective of women launched last year by several entrepreneurs and investors to end the funding gap. Among them, Tatiana Jama, co-founder of Levia.ai or Selectionnist, who sumps up the point of view carried by the group: “Our will is not to stigmatize anyone. We want to respond to a systemic problem, ”she says. “As women, we face many contradictory injunctions. Our message is to tell them: all is well, your ambition is at the top, this is the system that must be changed so that it gives you the opportunity to exploit it. ”
With Sista, women VC can also finally find themselves in a network. “We bring them together once a month to build a real community,” says Tatiana Jama. « The more women we are going to have, the more we will have funded entrepreneurs and the more we will have sorority. It’s a virtuous circle. ” All information on the collective can be found here.
I met Ghita Sqalli during an informal breakfast between freelancers and entrepreneurs and I immediately liked her energy and her approach. Ghita is the founder of BOOSH, a brand of “tradi-trash” slippers with simple objectives: to revolutionize fashion and promote craftsmanship. Subscribe quickly to his Instagram account!
Notebook « The feminist revolution starts here »
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1. An article from the Wall Street Journal on the economics of egg freezing.
2. 3 strategies to enable women to make their ideas heard at work.
3. Women of color are exhausted from their work and here is why.
4. Charlotte Sullivan tells The Guardian that she was forced to have an abortion because neither she nor her husband could take on parental leave.
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Arièle Bonte is a French journalist specialized in equality, gender and sexuality. For three years she was leading RTL Girls, for RTL.fr. Today she’s an independent journalist but she still has the same goal: spread the news through the gender prism. She also wrote a novel « Le Chaos des décibels » (Librinova), and she’s the author of the newsletter « Spell it out » about modern witchcraft. Her dream is to meet Lana Del Rey, to travel around the world and to have a green thumb.
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