#GAReads | "Is it gender bias, or do I just suck?": A doctor's Twitter thread goes viral
Among the toxic effects of workplace sexism, certain topics receive a lot of press: unequal pay, sexual harassment, inadequate maternity leave, a shortage of women in leadership roles. Less discussed is the psychological impact of such biases—specifically, how repeated, sexist microaggressions (sometimes compounded by outright discrimination) can chip away at women’s self-confidence.
The longer this cycle persists—and usually, it persists—the more our self-confidence deteriorates, and the more we begin to paralyze ourselves from professional opportunities and success. We begin to experience increased “imposter syndrome,” the conviction that any progress we do make is a fluke and that we’re truly not qualified to work among our more illustrious (read: white, male) peers.