LinkedIn is gradually turning into a cesspool of old, white males who log on once every month, accept all their invites, and leave. People have expressed dissent at the direction the page is going and have claimed that the business model is unsustainable.
One individual who messaged me on Reddit stated: “It’s not a healthy environment. There’s an excess focus on simulating optimism and excitement, rather than lucid discussion on current issues. It’s like a giant, living, breathing resume, complete with synthetic relationships and plasticized optimism.”
Additionally, one woman in IT told me that she received a very strange “romantic” message from a man with the subject line: “Do you like puppies?” The message was written in verse:
I’m sure this isn’t uncommon,
A 5:18PM InMail from a recruiter,
You probably get it e’ry Tuesday,
Convincing you that you’re a suitor.
Another woman stated that she was frequently recruited for romance, from men messaging her saying: “I like your profile picture” to “Hey, I’m in New York too; want to catch a bite sometime?”
LinkedIn is turning into a sausage party, and it is very frustrating. A 2017 study by LinkedIn revealed the extent to which sexist stereotypes invaded the manner in which males and females presented themselves on the website. Through an analysis of over 140 million active American-based profiles, it was discovered that women tend to promote their career advancement and market themselves much less than their male counterparts do.
This said, in order to give females a more prevalent professional networking site, Girlboss CEO and founder Sophia Amoruso created the first-ever social networking site for females, known as the: “LinkedIn for women.”
GirlBoss’ new site, which released in the US several months ago, allows female professionals, freelancers, and business owners to interact very directly with like-minded peers and prestigious female industry leaders. Some of its notable influencers include Bozoma St. John, Payal Kadakia, Jen Rubio, and more.
Amoruso states that her motivation for creating this platform was finding out that only 23 percent of millennial individuals are currently on LinkedIn, reinforcing their idea that the traditional resume is simply archaic. She states that now, “connections, creativity, and trading personalities/ideas” is the new methodology for obtaining clientele and expanding one’s business.
Girlboss is a much more updated, sleek version of LinkedIn; it simply views the member profiles as a much more comprehensive and localized take on the resume. Users can chat with others, share their location, choose a bio, and connect easily with those who share their similar interests.
Do women really need a platform like Girlboss?
There’s really no denying that the table is stacked against women when it comes to funding, pay, and discrimination in the workplace, especially in leadership positions. However, some people question if female-centered projects such as Girlboss are even helpful to achieving gender equality.
Another point of contention is the variety of female-focused events that have erected in order to fight gender parity and sexism in the professional world. Events like these are organized to give females a voice and a platform on which they are able to voice their opinions. However, some claim that this strategy may actually create a larger gap between the genders, entirely pushing away men from the conversation.
Honestly, though – these conversations are NOT about excluding men and alienating them. These conversations simply put women in the limelight; something that rarely happens naturally in the workplace or LinkedIn.
Women-focused networks are slowly growing and expanding into an extensive field. From female-centered dating applications to multiple female leadership networks, women’s professional advancement is being prioritized – and that is a beautiful realization in the name of gender equality.