16 ways being a woman has made you a better worker
Sometimes being a woman brings advantages
Being a woman in the workplace means facing discrimination, toxic masculinity and glass ceilings, but it can also mean developing the fierce skills you need to survive.
OK, so it’s not news that the patriarchy stinks. Women still come up against discrimination in the workplace, face barriers in education, and battle sexism in all walks of life. The pay gap is real. Women made $0.79 for every $1 a man earned last year. And women also represented just 6.6% of CEO’s in fortune 500 companies.
We know all this, but the patriarchy often still rules the roost. The irony is, centuries of discrimination actually means that women have had to become mega fierce. Navigating barriers and stereotypes means we’ve got to have thick skin, work damn hard, and get inventive to achieve our goals. We have had to develop skills that aren’t even on mens’ radars. This makes women superior workers in many ways!
I’m talking about you. Yes you! Read on to discover our list of 16 splendid skills that ferocious females bring to the workplace. Skills you’ve developed because of being a woman which make you a better worker under the pesky patriarchy. Now where’s that pay rise?
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1. You have better ideas
In a space where no one listens to you, it means your ideas have to be twice as good.
2. You are more conscientious
At least all those centuries of patriarchal insecurity and paralysing self-doubt means we do a more thorough job… now if only we got the credit too.
3. You have the factor of ‘surprise’
When you have skills that go against traditional gender stereotypes, like kicking a football, or studying mathematics, at least you know you always have a secret weapon. Queue gasps and fainting.
4. You can juggle
No, not like at the circus. Women are often expected to take on extra ‘invisible work’ at home, like school pick ups, appointment making, and housework. But hey, it means we’re skilled at juggling tasks.
5. You are more organised
As above, as our gender is often expected to multitask. Full time work + taking on the brunt of home life tasks throughout history = organised.
6. You are a more creative problem solver
Battling barriers in education or the workplace means you have learnt to find new angles and think outside the box to solve problems and reach your goals.
7. You’ve nailed communication
When you aren’t naturally included into a space, you have to know how to talk your way in.
8. You’ve got mad soft skills
When you are scrutinised more in interviews and judged more in male spaces, being a woman means you have had to become emotionally intelligent, good communicators and persuasive in order to be accepted.
9. You’re determined
Successful females have often had to work harder and face more setbacks to get there!
10. You can thrive out of your comfort zone
If you have ever found yourself in a male-heavy meeting room you will be used to handling yourself outside your comfort zone.
11. You are more honest and ethical
A study showed 34% of American workers said that women are honest and ethical, while just 3% believed men were better.
12. You can chat AND be productive
Research shows that although women tend to send 20% more messages via chat or instant message platforms in a working day than men, they still complete 10% more work.
13. You know your strengths… and how to play to them
The upside of having to prove yourself all the time (jobs, interviews, sports) is that you get really damn good at knowing your own strengths, and shouting about them.
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14. You are supportive
In a gender segregated world, we have had to learn to support other women, bring them up with us when we can, advocate for others and work as a team.
15. You have a thick skin
Cat calls, disrespect, invisibility. Women have had to become tough to battle through daily woes and keep on going!
16. You can set boundaries
In a world where you are more likely to be lumped with tasks like taking notes and making coffee, and where you are used to being objectified or judged, you have learnt to stand up and say no.
So there you have it. Until we find a way to completely eliminate sexism and discrimination from our lives and workplaces, at least we can be proud of the positives being a woman in a man’s world has brought us. And hey, it will be these top skills that will help us smash the patriarchy once and for all!
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