Tips For Dealing With Sexism In The Workplace
When it comes to being a professional woman, sometimes cases of sexism can appear in the workplace regardless of how successful or powerful their position. Throughout history men have dominated the workforce, however in the last century women are taking a bigger stand in the same positions that men previously have always done, to the point of a woman nearly becoming president. This is something that would have been deemed impossible only a few short years ago.
Beyond women often being discouraged from ascending to a higher level of power than a man because of social paradigms, there is a considerable amount of pressure on women to look a certain way. Otherwise, they are criticized for their physicality whereas men are not expected to meet the same standards.
How does one handle this sort of prejudice and maintain a professional attitude at the same time? Emotions can run high when a person feels as if they are being discriminated against, particularly when it’s completely unwarranted.
Here are some tips for handling sexism in the workplace, meanwhile maintaining a professional demeanor.
Don’t Let It Define You
Criticism can come in a variety of shapes and sizes for all kinds of people. Whether it is the color of your skin, your sex, or your religion. The important thing is to remember that other people’s criticism of you does not define you.
Same as your parents told you when you were a small child when others would act out against you, “They’re just jealous!” The same simple lessons can be carried on in the professional world. Usually, other people’s criticisms of you are based on jealousy and is a reflection of their own insecurities.
Try to maintain a certain level of enlightenment. And remember that this is only one opinion, and it is based on no universal truth. You are defined only by what you decide you are.
Do Your Best Work
Refusing to let social obstacles get in your way of productivity is essential. If every great person in history were to have let adversity stand in the way of accomplishing their goals, then there would be no great people in history.
Always put your best foot forward and unwaveringly pursue your goals. Adversity is part of our human experience, and the trick is to keep a laser beam focus on your goals. If you need motivation and find yourself slipping into emotional dips, then try reading inspiring stories of other women in history who battled sexism and prejudice and persevered.
Sometimes the best way to fight our challenges is to put our heads down and just work as hard as we possibly can. The best way to fight your enemies is to be the best you that you can be.