Time To Think Outside This Stereotype

Studies show women are perceived as less creative and innovative than men.

Though women have come along way since winning the right to vote a little over 90 years ago (yeah, it really was that recent!), society’s perception of them is still tainted by gender stereotypes. In fact, though gender bias tends to be downplayed, it’s more prevalent than you may think! According to a new study, regardless of how similar their ideas, men are still viewed as more creative and innovative than the women.

The researchers found that people associated creative traits (like “thinking outside the box” and “connecting the dots”) with more masculine characteristics, such as decisiveness, ambition and risk-taking. In another study, they found that in certain professions men were ranked higher for creativity than women regardless of their contributions. For example, participants ranked male architects as more creative than female architects, despite the fact that they had identical creations. That’s pretty messed up.

When they moved to real world perceptions, they found that employees ranked male supervisors as more innovative than females in the same positions. However, when it came to their direct reports, the playing field was even between men and women. This not only shows that women are just as capable and innovative in leadership positions, but also that our gender perceptions are still way behind the times.

READ MORE: Why Women’s Careers End At 45

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  • safetynet2razorwire

    Incidentally, while most Americans assume American woman’s suffrage was a shoo-in. It wasn’t. Far from it. Every other state having weighed-in Tennessee was left the deciding vote – and the anti-suffrage legislators had just enough votes to prevent women getting the right to vote. The anti-suffrage group had the majority by a single vote.

    So how did America’s women get the vote?

    Because of a lady named Feb Burn. Because Feb was mother of a the youngest of all those legislators – Harry Burn. Harry had already been recruited by the anti-suffragist.
    Feb, knowing her son as only a mother can, guessed as much. Shortly before the vote was held she wrote a note to her son (cagey, she mailed from an address not her own) reminding him:

    “Hooray and vote for suffrage! :.. I have been watching to see how you stood but have
    not noticed anything yet. :.. Don’t forget to be a good boy ….”

    Suffrage passed by his single, changed, vote. (After the vote he fled to the dome of the building – afraid for his life.)

    THAT is how the states of the old south nearly defeated women’s suffrage. The same way they did defeat women’s equality – the same bible-belt states under the spiritual guidance of Phyllis Schlafly denying America’s women equality under the law.

    The point? That ‘box’? – it was made by grey-haired white men (like me) who believe (unlike me) that 1) it is woman’s lot to tend man’s human herd and home, and 2) it is the will of their god that it be so.

    And that box – that trap of tradition? It’s only as solid as the energy women invest in keeping it so.