Essay About Women Destiny
Asians are good at math. African Americans cause violence. Men must pay for the date. Women cannot be leaders. Stereotypes are a plague that grip society between its claws and tear families and friends apart. As a woman living in the twenty first century America, I am ashamed to say that I have been told that I cannot lead my country because I must focus on raising a family or because I am too emotionally unstable. These stereotypes concerning women and their inability to lead are bringing devastation upon our nation and causing women to doubt themselves; however, women like myself are working to eliminate bias within our country that interferes with women’s pursuit of happiness.
Women are birth givers. We bring life onto this Earth, and some women are phenomenal mothers; howbiet, it is a common fallacy that all young women dream of becoming mothers and having children and a husband. On multiple occasions, I have been told that I have child bearing hips and a motherly instinct, so I should become a mother. Not only does this make me uncomfortable, but it also evokes a rage inside me. Though children may be a future possibility, I have different dreams and aspirations. My life thus far has been consumed by fantasies of politics and campaigning, and unbeknownst to intolerant bigots, every woman has different talents and passions. Some women want to be stay-at-home mothers, others want to be private business owners, professors, or even the president of their country. Any of these paths are valid, but to assume women cannot take on other roles because they must focus on bearing children is asinine.
It is a common misconception that women are emotionally unstable, so they cannot be trusted to lead a country or make decisions for large quantities of people. People believe that women are too soft or lash out whenever they become overwhelmed which can be supported by the fact that female leader’s influence is lowered when they respond with exaggerated emotion; whereas, male leader’s influence increases due to emotionally animated responses. This bias may be attributed to the stereotype that women’s emotions are due to internal forces contrary to the belief that men’s emotional responses can be blamed on external forces (Salerno et al. Par. 5). Though women are more likely to express emotions publicly, toxic masculinity often creates a stigma surrounding male emotion, thus creating the illusion that women are emotionally high strung. In reality, men and women often experience the same emotions; however, women are generally more confident in expressing emotions. With this knowledge, women can make exceptional leaders because we are not afraid to express how we feel when it is appropriate.
Despite the stereotypes that surround women and their ability to perform roles within politics and economics, women often possess the qualities necessary for an accomplished leader. From a young age, I, among many other girls, were taught to be charismatic whilst staying polite, empathetic, open-minded, and willing to listen and compromise. Women are also often perceived as well organized and planners. Though this is not true of all women, many have these traits, and if they do not, these traits are learned. Leaders are not born; they are made. Women have the same opportunity to learn the skills needed to be a great leader, but we are often overlooked or do not fit the profile. As women, we must be confident in ourselves and our prospective skills. Women cannot overcome the stereotypes unless we make it our prerogative to.
Stereotypes continue to run rampant in America and around the world. As of 2017, fifteen of the one hundred and forty-six countries around the world have a female head of government, and eight of those are the country’s first (Geiger and Kent, Par. 4). America itself has never had a female president. These statistics are concerning to a young woman that strives to lead her country; nonetheless, if we continue to show the contrast between stereotypes and real women and explain how women possess the qualities of outstanding leaders, we can continue to encourage female influence in politics and economics and create an accepting and tolerant environment for women that choose to rise against stereotypes and make strides toward a better tomorrow.