It is no surprise that men hold managerial positions way more often than women and it has been a systemic problem for decades. Men who are decisive, straight forward, and demanding are seen as strong while women with the same qualities are seen as emotional and unqualified. If women are unqualified, it is most likely due to the systemic oppression starting at the very beginning of their careers through gender bias, corporate culture, and lack of opportunities/resources (PSU WC, 2019). The lesson plan states that people are not open to diversity therefore they hire people who are just like them, aka white men hiring white men. This is bad for business as diversity contributes to creativity.
When I think of a male leader in today’s society, I can think of a million but when thinking of a female leader, I struggle to count them on my hands. One female leader that sticks out to me is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC). When I searched her name merely for spelling purposes, two things immediately popped out at me. First, I simply searched her name with no other keywords and the forth most popular search after her name is husband/boyfriend, I mean why does that even matter, let alone that popular of a search?
Secondly, one of the first articles that comes up is headlined “How dumb, arrogant Ocasio-Cortez became the boss of the democratic party.” Hmmm, dumb? She graduated cum laude from Boston University with a degree in international relations and economics, served as an educational director, then became the youngest women ever to serve in Congress. And arrogant? She is a women of color and worked as a bartender growing up in the Bronx so all of the racial issues she talks about are validated and she is the exact type of person that should be representing the Bronx, not a white man. The hate she gets is unsurprising as Congress has long been a men’s game (about 80% male, 20% female) and female leaders are seen more negatively in male-dominated leadership roles (PSU WC, 2019).
Even though AOC frequently brings objective, evidence based claims to the table, she is often referred to as overly emotional and not suitable to be a member of Congress but if she was a male, she would be considered passionate and dedicated. Fox News actually hates her so much they’ve mentioned her over 3,000 times in the past 6 weeks – thats 71 times a day! Ironically, this has allowed her to be the fastest moving politician ever and in turn, she is making a small crack in the glass ceiling.
Leadership and Diversity. (n.d.). Retrieved April 13, 2019, from https://psu.instructure.com/courses/1975088/modules/items/25786919