Women in Accounting

As an auditor, I’m frequently in the position of checking men’s work. Does anyone else feel like clients respond worse to errors identified by a woman? I hate how passive and dumb I have to act for...

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Male Fragility is a thing and it crosses all demographics. You are not alone. I had to call someone out last week for doing something similar. However, I do realize that as a partner I’m a privileged creature in this regard. A lot of the consequences of speaking up that I feared as a staff I don’t have in quite the same way now. I’m not sure of your level, so I want to acknowledge that my saying GET ON WITH YOUR BAD SELF (!!!) may neither feel realistic nor helpful. My suggestion is to build your network of strong, resilient women and (and this “and” is really important) *men* who GET IT and are not fragile (they exist and they are fantastic sponsors of the underrepresented by and large). That’s what I did and it has served me very well (of course, YMMV). No matter the firm or the client, there are always those who have an idea in their head that they cannot wait to “helpfully” impose on others. I practice the phrase, “Thank you for your feedback.” They generally don’t know what I’m really saying in my head, if you catch my drift... Find your people and stick with them. Those are the folks around whom you don’t have to play dumb and who will challenge and appreciate you. And I can tell you that it is so so so worth it. The view from up here is SWEET!

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You sound like my kind of Tax Partner! 😍

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.. the sake of men’s feelings. I talked to my senior manager about this (female) and she acted like I was holding myself back by assuming women are treated differently.

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