The old song goes, “Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends. Mmm, gonna try with a little help from my friends.” The lyrics are so simple, and yet the message is so true. But often that simple concept of support, a little help, is easily forgotten, especially when we all get caught up in going full speed in our careers. But this is when we need the help the most. We need it from mentors, but we also need it from our peers.
Bloomberg Businessweek journalist Diane Brady pointed out that a number of support networks have been founded by women to help women: this one, Lean In, and just this week former Wall Street titan Sallie Krawcheck acquired 85 Broads. These groups are trying to solve the problem and invest in support for young women. Brady wrote:
“Young women may have plenty of female friends, but their goal is rarely to help each other win; if anything, they’re competing for the same prize.
“Only later, Steinem suggested, after talent, ambition, and hard work have failed to yield the same results as they do for men, do women start to feel a sense of solidarity. They see the common issues in juggling family responsibilities or fighting to get on a board, and realize the solution is in working together.”
Brady makes a really good point here, that it’s usually a woman from Gen X or older, or the amazing and wise Warren Buffett, who spoke about the potential of women in a recent Office Hours, who realizes that the support for women needs to start early on—not when they turn 40.
Levo League was started by Gen Y women who want to focus on boosting other Gen Y women’s careers the minute they enter the workplace, or even before then. But are we alone in this effort to support our fellow young colleagues? Does Gen Y feel compelled to help each other? Are we just the “Me, Me, Me” Generation, as TIME Magazine called us last week on its cover?
Are you supporting your fellow Millennials at work? Do you think it matters? We’d love to hear your thoughts!
Ask Amanda Pouchot, Co-founder of Levo League, why she thinks it’s so important for Gen Y’ers to help each other!