As one study concluded, “Femininity and individual achievement continue to be viewed as two desirable but mutually exclusive ends.”
Whether or not this is due to subconscious bias, men and women are still being held to different standards. When a female engineering student at a technology institute was showing her mom pictures of her fellow classmates she shockingly responded, “Why some of these girls are pretty.” And a female computer consultant explained that most customers preferred getting help from the guys over the gals on her female dominated staff . Many distrusted the women’s abilities.
Read more examples of this complex and disturbing gender profiling here.
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