As a result of the signs of dissatisfaction among women with their working life, there is, for example, less desire to have children, a fall in productivity, an increase in relational crises, more divorces, less health, and a lower quality of life.
The second part has been dedicated to Gianna Martinengo’s speech. Gianna is an entrepreneur and founder of a company that was the first one in Italy in 1983 to anticipate the centrality of personal humans in technologies. She was also president and founder of women and technologies that is an association that deals with interested in fighting stereotypes. She was involved in an important national board for the future of science and technology at the European Parliament. She developed more than 800 projects and the most important thing is that the research and development activities have enabled her to get in touch and work with universities in Europe, the USA, Canada, China and Brazil.
The pandemic has also affected women and, above all, has made them more vulnerable in the workplace and in the family. Inequalities, the number of lost jobs, domestic violence and unpaid work have increased. Moreover, the management of the family and children has made them less free to manage their time. The pandemic, given its characteristics, has brought isolation and distancing. This has generated an increase in digital capitalism, which at the same time has offered great connectivity possibilities. One of the great human abilities is adaptation and resilience, even if the sense of touch is being lost. Communication has changed and sometimes the television or radio have become the salvation for many people because they have allowed them to be connected and not alone. All the technological modalities that have allowed and that allow interacting at a distance are essential to continue the work in the organizations and the dialogue between friends and family.
Networking is very useful for women’s empowerment, at several levels. At the operational level, networking is needed to have active and proactive colleagues, as well as capable leaders and employees. The strategic level is the most important and is formed by the awareness of having leaders, CEOs of depth and being able to listen to everyone to be inspired and anticipate phenomena. The change of mindset is significant. In fact, many organizations have understood the importance of change management and the ability to transform and adapt to changes. The needs of people must be considered. New values arise solidarity, sharing, capacity, listening, trust, responsibility, inclusion and reputation. There is no more space or no longer space for personalism, selfishness, or priority in economics. It’s the time of the social economy. In this framework, women need to push on self-empowerment, be aware of the values and the skills that distinguish them, also invest in digital skills, as the future will be dominated by new technologies. Female leadership needs to rely on precise soft skills and not by emulating male behaviors.
In conclusion, women have to keep learning, never give up and keep using one of their natural abilities, which is empathy. So, women have to use empathy and culture in order to listen to the needs and anticipate the needs in the workplace but also at home. If women keep studying, learning and being curious, the future will be for them.