Since childhood, we're surrounded by stereotypes and established ways of thinking in regards to how women and men should be. We grow up surrounded by preconceptions and social constructs that keep telling us women are inferior beings in a world dominated by men. This becomes more evident in male-dominated workplaces.
There are cases in which women are forced to quit their jobs due to social pressure and the rejection they experience in their workplace and social environment. Stereotypes crush the dreams of many women who end up choosing conformity in order to do something more "appropriate" for them. Besides dealing with this, women also face implied rules of behavior and dress codes that hinder their careers.
Fighting and winning battles against misogyny is totally possible with the following advice. It's all about determination and the way you deal with all the challenges you might face.
1. There's no job you're not capable of doing
A lot has been said about how some professions or jobs are unsuitable for women. The truth is that both genders are capable of performing the same activities. Don't let stereotypes become roadblocks on your way to your goals.
2. Don't be afraid of challenging yourself
Forget about that outdated mindset that states only men can become bosses or managers. Your performance will show you're capable of excelling in any job. If someone at your office tries to limit your job opportunities, on the basis of being a woman, don't hesitate in taking the issue to Human Resources. If it's part of a sexist company policy, find alternative job options where they value your abilities.
3. Ignore those who only see in you a nice body or a pretty face
Many might believe you've achieved things just because of your appearance or that you use your physical attributions to your advantage to ascend in your job. Prove them wrong by showing them that your abilities don't depend on how you look. Beauty comes and goes, but your personality and intelligence will always stay with you.
4. Learn new things every day
Learn new things that interest you. Whatever you're interesting in discovering or trying out might end up becoming an outlet for your talent and creativity. Maybe your passion for fashion or film can land you a promotion or a new job opportunity.
5. Don't let people change your personality or qualities
Don't change who you are for anything or anyone, especially if they want to belittle your abilities or diminish yourself just because "you're not right" for the job. When you limit yourself, it affects your performance and comfort in the working place. Your personality is unique, and if it doesn't harm anybody's physical and moral integrity, there's no reason for you to stop being the way you are.
Being a woman in a sexist environment is difficult. But don't let that hold you back. Keep moving on, fighting for your dreams, and learning from your life's experiences. If you feel you you need to discover or consider new possibilities, you can always take lessons that might lead you to new passions.
Translated by María Isabel Carrasco Cara Chards