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To a female: “You’re so smart in math, you should be a teacher.”
To a male: “You’re so smart in math, you should be an engineer.”
These messages are systemic. Generations of women and men have been given these messages (and more like them) by their parents, teachers, coaches, professors, and other adults in their lives.
Walking through the halls of your school and overhearing the chatter of students in the hallways and classrooms, have any of these phrases ever caught your attention?
“What a loser!”
“He’s just a mean person; there’s no changing him.”
“She doesn’t fit in anywhere.”
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Pause for a moment and reflect. When you think of your workplace culture, what comes to mind?
Was it an open and relaxed response -- or did you tense up a little? If you became anxious at the thought, know that your experience is not uncommon.