Society we live in doesn’t give women their due. They have many hurdles to cross, and the most difficult of them is the male idea of ‘brilliance’. Historically, man is considered ‘brilliant’ in many areas, while women with equal talents never get the title. This disparity in treatment has left woman in morasses of shame and self-denial.
A lot of men believe that ‘brilliance’ is a male trait. The belief is so deeply embedded in our social mind that nobody questions it. Now a study, appearing in Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, finds this as undermining women’s success. “We know that women are underrepresented in fields whose members believe you have to be brilliant to succeed,” says researcher Andrei Cimpian, an associate professor in New York University's Department of Psychology.
This is apparent in certain fields; especially, fields deemed as intellectually demanding and suddenly women recoil showing no interest. This behaviour has its source in the social mindset. Because, historically, brilliance has been viewed as a masculine trait in the culture.
This attitude undermine women’s sense of how they might fit in with others, reports Science Daily. In order to fit themselves in the pattern women have to struggle a lot. First they have to shun the idea that masculine means brilliance. This poor self-worth must go first.