There is a discrepancy in the way in which women are treated in society that seriously impacts their ability to find success and happiness. Merely because of their gender, they get a different set of expectations at birth than their male counterpart.
I naively thought that women had won their rights in the United States and that we were making progress in our pursuit of equality until the 2016 presidential election when a person was elected that was from the old school of sexism and misogyny. I was appalled at the number of women who could conscionably vote for a president with such an atrocious record.
This blog is not about the election. It is more than that. It is about a country that continues to be steeped in prejudice and bigotry and much of it is unconscious.
Why does this matter? It matters because the subtle ways in which women are often treated can have a terrible effect on how they see themselves and it influences every aspect of their lives.
The day before Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration in 1913, there was a women's march in Washington for voter rights.
It took seven more years before women got the right to vote.
That was over 100 years ago.
How far have women come since they finally got to vote?
We can now use a hyphenated name when we're married and when we divorce we can use any name we want - we have an identity! We still don't get paid as much as men. BUT regardless of how far we have come there continues to be a pervasive attitude of bias against women right under the surface. The New York Times had a poll by Perry Undem, a non-partisan research and polling firm. The poll found eighty-two percent of women said that sexism (bias based on sex) was a problem in our society today. And it is no surprise to me that most men and women underestimate the sexism and misogyny (contempt for women) that is commonly felt by most women.
Negative stereotypes towards women shaped the decisions that were made for us throughout history, and those same stereotypes continue to influence current attitudes that men hold towards women and that women often hold towards themselves. I am currently writing a book on this topic and it will soon be released. It will name 6 stereotypes that are prevalent in out society and how to overcome them. I will share more about these in future blogs.