We are also at fault for the inequality

Me and two of my friends were arguing yesterday about the inequality among the high management levels in the corporate sector. All of us young working women agreed that ladies are better at managing tasks, work faster and have higher motivation. And why is that?

In my opinion a lot of men are „just for show“ when working. The wear suits, smile with confidence and talk big. They make the impression that they can really do the job and people believe in them.

But there is certainly a contradiction – for me personally. As ashamed as I could be of myself I also had a couple of encounters when I thought that a man was doing his job great just because he showed a lot of confidence. Then I found out who was supporting him – staying late to finish the project, working on a couple of things just because there aren’t enough people etc. – all women. Furthermore, in my work when hiring new recruitments for the internship program I preferred boys. I thought they will be better.

When thinking about that maybe I was affected by this belief in the society that men are  better professionals. And I am a woman. And I claim I’m a great professional (although like everyone else I do make mistakes). Sure, I try to be objective but why should I try…I mean isn’t it normal to assess a person based on his overall appearance and experience and not on „he“ or „she“? And why do I believe I have the opinion that women work better but still prefer working with men? Part of the reason might be because I know men are more focused at work – their brains work like that. But it’s not only that. Sure, there is inequality but we ladies are also at fault for the status quo.

2 мнения за “We are also at fault for the inequality

  1. The reason is that women are usually more family-oriented than men, which results in a stereotype that makes people associate women with children and men with career. Indeed, there are many career-oriented women who are truly awesome professionals, but it’s our unconsciousness that discriminates them.

    Big organizations striving to more inclusive, open culture mitigate this problem by introducing their employees to the problems of unconscious bias. For example, at Google we are strongly encouraged to attend a workshop with focus on stereotyping at least once annually. The more you turn unconscious into conscious, the more unbiased you become.

    Here are a couple of quick online tests, designed by two reputable social psychologists from Harvard and the University of Washington, that will give you information about the implicit beliefs you may have about men, women, career and family, etc.

    1. Yes, agree. And that’s why I am emphasising my personal perception that is obviously affected by the social stereotype. :):)

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