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Jan 31, 2019 01:46:02

Power of preconception?

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Victoria Maung

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I've learned to become self-aware of my prejudices and act, not on those initial thoughts, but on thoughts that are characteristic of the type of person I want to become.

I believe that the world can be more egalitarian simply if we give others the benefit of the doubt when it comes to competency. And that means ignoring their race, gender, or other parts of their identity as a potential demerit to work performance or intelligence.

Even though there are increasingly more females than males in higher professions, such as law and medical school, I can't help but notice whenever I see a company driven mostly by women, but hold men in leadership positions. Or when the majority of the content creators I like on YouTube are male in the following fields: science, tech review, art, vloggers, philosophy, engineering, cartoons / VFX, chefs, and late-night comedy show hosts.

Is there a reason women are over-represented in professions like healthcare, nonprofit, advocacy, biology, communication, sustainability, education, or retail (yet these companies tend to be male-led)? Maybe there's something that's historically caused men to pursue prestige and women are led to pursue self-sacrifice in social responsibility?

What I do know is that some of the anecdotal symptoms include: this video "I have a higher degree than you" and that female law professors appreciate being called Professor, whereas the male ones like being called on a first-name basis. I often find myself craving validation and respect like those who work in prestigious black box industries, like consulting, but I know that I'm not missing out on much.

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