Patriarchy is still more powerful than leaning in.

All career advice for women is a form of gaslighting — Ephrat Livni, Quartz at Work Research by Duke University department of neuroscience professors, to be published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, shows that overemphasizing messages of individual female empowerment diminishes people’s sense of systemic obstacles that require societal redress.

The patriarchy, it turns out, is still more powerful than “leaning in”. This is really interesting research and a good analysis of a social problem in need of a social policy response.

“Empowerment advice for women provides an “illusion of control” that’s not realistic, the researchers say. The advice may be good insofar as it gives us hope, but it fails to recognize larger, much more powerful forces at work, like a long history of discrimination and patriarchy.”

The truth is that women face biases that are far too profound and complex to expect any individual to resolve them on their own.

Source: All career advice for women is a form of gaslighting — Quartz at Work

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