Women Are Not Men

BY CONTRIBUTOR BRITTANY DEBEIKES

As a woman on-the-go, you will often find me driving the many highways that define the geography of Southern California. I log about 18,000 miles per year and am a self-proclaimed “road warrior.” I recently purchased a new hybrid with an outlet for plugging in my phone and, for the first time in my life, have discovered the world of podcasts. The soundtrack to my road trips has transitioned from pop songs with the occasional country ballad to comedic newscasts along with cultural programs and I absolutely love it! Freakonomics just produced a podcast called, “Women Are Not Men” and I was laughing and learning all the way up the 405.

Here are my three favorite key takeaways:

1. Only 7.5 percent of patents have been filed by women and our per capita GDP would grow an estimated 3 percent if women were to file more patents.

2. Women are far less likely to get struck by lightning or drown.

3. Women only account for 16 percent of Wikipedia editors.

Take what you want from these facts, but the underlying message is that the lack of desire to be confrontational in most women probably explains at least two of the points. I will leave the third to your imagination. As the gender gap is closing, the typical personality traits inherent in the female sex continue to influence our decision-making from the everyday mundanes to the boardroom. I, for one, think this is a great thing!

So to my girls out there, we don’t need to push ourselves to be aggressive beyond our comfort zone and we don’t need to behave like a man in this world to get what we want. Just do your thing and be you. Women are continuing to make progress in so many areas of society and we are doing it our way.

The Freakonomics podcast closed with a discussion on crime statistics. Not surprisingly, women commit far less crime than men. Undoubtedly, this is a function of the same natural trait to be less confrontational.

I am, and will always be, an advocate for women to continue to grow and evolve their role in things like leadership, earning power and the general work/life balance. I found this particular podcast to be a fantastic reminder, however, that “us girls” don’t need to act like men in order to achieve such success. We can do it in our own way and do not need to create some internal battle to change who we are as women.

Remember to keep up the hard work, ladies and embrace the feminine ways that keep us from getting hit by lightning.

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