Have you ever been stereotyped at work? Maybe you have and don’t realize it. I know I personally have been a victim of the, “Such a woman, so emotional!” rant more than once. Whether you know it or not, someone has probably said something similar about you – “Such a woman, so _______!” It’s not fair, it’s not easy, but it happens all the time.
Forbes brings us, “The 10 Worst Stereotypes About Powerful Women.” The premise here is that all women are stereotyped somehow, and the author, Jenna Goudreau, laments (reasonably so) about how many powerful women are “excused” for being there. Someone will say, “Oh, she only got there because she’s….conniving, emotional, or a token woman.” These stereotypes don’t just beat up the woman they’re being spoken about, they beat up the entire female workforce.
So take a moment, read the article, and tell me – have you been stereotyped into one of these categories? What did you do to refute it? And how can we all make sure we’re debunking these stereotypes now and always?
Marcy Twete is the Founder and CEO of Career Girl Network and the author of the book “You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works.” At Career Girl Network, Marcy provides women with information, resources, and networking to empower them in their careers and to advance the work of women in business as a whole. Prior to launching Career Girl Network, Marcy worked in numerous nonprofit organizations and as a consultant in the field of nonprofit fundraising, marketing, and community relations. Marcy is a graduate of the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota, and a native of rural North Dakota. She is the Vice Chair of the Chicago Board of Directors for Step Up Women’s Network in Chicago and a member of the Advisory Board for Girls on the Run Twin Cities, and is dedicated to advancing the work of organizations that move the needle for women and girls worldwide.