I spent yesterday morning at an event in central London surrounded by over 100 entrepreneurs, leaders and investors.
A sea of slick hair, smooth faces, and crisp tailoring; they spoke of thriving businesses, relentless networking regimes and daily acrobatics juggling parenthood with staying fit and healthy. They were some of the most successful people in their field. And they had two things in common. They were all women, and they all felt guilty.
Their shared drive towards career success mirrored an internal trend that was alarmingly clear: deep and utter panic in the face of a never completed to-do list, and a crippling sense of shame at simply being who they were. Not just some of the time. But most of the time. And it goes way beyond working women in the city.
A 2010 survey by Stylist magazine found that more than 96% of women feel guilty at least once a day, while for almost half, the feeling arose up to four times a day.