What are the four things biggest things that hold women back from pursuing leadership positions? when asked from Pun Tian-Pouw, her reply was;
1. Strong ambition and self motivation.
2. Not having a sense of themselves as leaders reinforced by lack of supportive surroundings.
3. The added traditional gender roles and social pressure imposed by the complexity of priorities as a mother, daughter, wife, sister, or an in-law.
For most married women, family comes first. If there is a choice between spending more time at work or with their family, I sense that most women would naturally gravitate towards their families. This priority for family, which is indeed noble, has played a significant role in why some women may not pursue leadership roles.
4. Personal fears and insecurities.