Posted by: africancleo | September 29, 2012

Do we think/emphasize too much about Gender Roles in the work field?

This pass week I was thinking about the right questions to ask my speaker for the interview assignment. I didn’t quite know how to start directing the dialog in a gender direction. When I got to talk to her face-to-face, I explained why I was interviewing her and the class itself. Her first reaction was that it was an interesting course because it not only dealt with women as a gender but leadership as well. We were both very excited to start talking about her experience. However, when she started to tell me her story and what it was like for her growing up, I realized that she had a very neutral opinion about her upbringing and her work. After she had finished talking about her background, I pointed out what I had noticed and she paused for a very long time. Then she replied, “I guess I had never thought about what I felt as a woman. I have always thought from a neutral point of view. I’ve never really paid attention to the factors that could have come into play because I was a female. I just always assumed that I just had to work harder to be the best qualified in my field of Clinical Social Work.”

After the interview, I thought a lot about the fact that she had an unbiased point of view towards her past. I must admit that when some things have occurred in my past, I did jump to the conclusion that it was because I was a female. I still do. But my speaker seemed perfectly content with her life and her career. It made me wonder, if women stop blaming or thinking that certain things happen because they are women instead of not being the best qualified, would it change the situation and make us advance even more without these thoughts in the back of our minds?

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