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Why Millennial Women Do Not Want To Lead

Dawson, who is living on disability insurance because he has rheumatoid arthritis. Women were hit harder than men by the decline in middle-skill jobs, according to Mr. But they have more easily moved into the expanding occupations , and earn more college degrees than men. Women have always entered male-dominated fields — usually well-paid, professional ones — more than men enter female-dominated ones.

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There are now many female lawyers, but male nurses are still rare. One reason is that jobs done by women, especially caregiving jobs , have always had lower pay and lower status. Yet when men, especially white men, enter female-dominated fields, they are paid more and promoted faster than women, a phenomenon known as the glass escalator.

Women are assumed to be empathetic and caring; men are supposed to be strong, tough and able to support a family. But telling working-class men to take feminine jobs plays to their anxieties and comes off as condescending, said Joan Williams, a law professor at U. Trump appealed to men who feel this way — not just his promises to bring back factory jobs, but also his machismo.

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And they say they chose their original careers because they wanted to build things, not take care of people. Jon Ray, 31, of Inez, Ky.

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He applied unsuccessfully for maintenance and repair jobs, and got a job in manufacturing after enrolling in a program to learn how to operate computerized tools. Dill was a co-author of a study published in April that looked at what happens when men move into pink-collar jobs in the health care field.

But they were less likely to be laid off and their wages rose over time, while blue-collar wages were stagnant. Technical health care jobs like ultrasound technician — requiring more training but not a college degree — paid 22 percent more than other blue-collar jobs, after controlling for things like education. They involve less interaction with patients and more with computers, so they are less stereotypically feminine. There is an education and race divide among the men who take these jobs, the study found. Black men were 3. Moreover, the media convinces us that we exist for men to sexualize and desire us — we are not the subject of our own lives, but rather the object.

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This is why, for example, when you walk into any given high school — or even middle school — class, the majority of hands raised, of voices speaking out, will be those of boys and most girls will sit silently, not trusting themselves to speak, afraid that all they have to offer is inferior. But the media is not just at fault for producing images that diminish our bodies and thus our self-confidence and self worth; it must also be held accountable for the treatment of the women who do in fact dare to lead. During the Presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin were presented not as political candidates, but rather as stereotypes and opposite ends of sexist dichotomies.

Not only were these women abused and constantly criticized for attempting to lead, they were again reduced to the way they looked, for how they achieved or failed to achieve a ridiculous standard of perfection and ultimately femininity. It would take an extremely self-assured young women to observe this treatment and see that aspiring to such a leadership role results in receiving the same ridiculous scrutiny, the same frustrating dismissal of her ideals.


It would take an extremely self-assured young woman in a culture that encourages young women to be anything but. And yet male candidates of years past have done far worse than fail to live up to a standard of beauty or the epitome of their gender role and have escaped condemnation — in many cases, they are even rewarded. Mayor of D. Marion Barry was re-elected to his political position after serving time in prison on a conviction of cocaine possession.

Former Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer resigned from his position after a prostitution scandal and was rewarded with a lively career as a political commentator.

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While women — in politics and beyond — are scrutinized and dismissed as a viable candidate for something as inconsequential to leadership skills like lack of sex appeal men can weather far more serious transgressions and emerge relatively unscathed. Ultimately, women equate leadership with perfection in a way that men don't.

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Men are generally taught that perfection is not a necessary component of success, that, in fact, they can fail miserably — even commit felonies -- and still bounce back to power. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule like Martha Stewart's bounce back to power after incarceration, for instance but largely, men are taught they are entitled to leadership in a way women are not. In order for women to lead — for women to want to lead, to feel that we are capable of leading — we need to redefine leadership altogether. We need to define leadership not as perfection but as intelligence, honesty and doing the right thing.

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