Sheryl Sandberg has promoted her #MentorHer campaign, with the goal of having men mentor women in the business world. This push is in response to the response to the #MeToo movement, where men have suggested that they might not want to mentor women due to the risk involved.
The fear is real. There is very much a risk. All it takes is an accusation, not a conviction, to ruin a man for life. Accusations can be made on a whim, and even if shown to be false later, he still pays the price and she normally does not. Considering the lack of reward, with the risk seeming to be rather large, it makes it a no-brainer to say no.
This will lead to a mentoring gap; that is, where men will not mentor women in high percentages. Let’s face it, unless there is drastic intervention, men will always have a super-majority of senior positions. They have the testosterone, they have the time to devote to the job, they have the expectation of rising up, they don’t have the desire to be home with the kids during the day. It is inconceivable that in anything that is not an artificial (i.e. heavy handed silliness) environment, that men will be on top.
If all of these men on’t mentor women, who will? Well, there are the women that rise up (though lots of them will not do what it takes to do so), How well do power-women mentor power-women wannabes? It seems to be hit or miss. Hillary and Huma seem to be doing it, but often such women mesh like oil and water.
It seems that women who want to be mentored are out of luck. This, of course, means that there will be a government program somehow forcing the result that women desire.