Women are not mini-men, let's stop treating them like such in the workplace

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Opinion Contributor.

Thirty years ago, a large nationwide auto parts chain faced bankruptcy. The board had heard about a young executive well-known in the aftermarket for modernizing stores and in a Hail Mary move, decided to make an unusual hire.

Despite my being a woman, I got the job.

When I first took on this new role, the urban stores and repair shops were a man’s domain, but the status quo wasn’t working. So, I began hiring talent from within the local neighborhood – women who were willing to work even though they didn’t have experience with cars, and most didn’t even drive. But they did know the neighborhood and its residents, were eager to be trained and felt pride of ownership.

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