08/31/2011 01:48 pm ET Updated Oct 31, 2011

Why Women Will Help Shape the Future of Work

“You have to start living the life of the person you want to be,” Bobbie Barrett advises a meek Peggy Olson during an episode of "Mad Men." “And no one will tell you this, but you can’t be a man. Don’t even try. Be a woman. Powerful business when done correctly.”

I’ve been thinking a lot about what this means for young professional women in 2011 and beyond. I’m not sure what the future holds, but I bet we’ll find out soon enough.

Whenever we discuss the scarce number of women in leadership positions or the persistent wage gap, the angle is always, how do we solve this problem? Or as the latter article gamely asks, why don’t women “grow a pair” now that they’re in such an excellent position to do so — perhaps for the first time in history?

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