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yes, forgive me for pointing out the blindingly obvious. Because I am a woman, I've had to deal with that version of the issue. I've had to explain why I was working so hard and not seeking a "protector" (and not the pocket kind) when I was very young, and then have been expected to minimize my smarts or downgrade my ambition because the powers that be had already carved out the riches and the spoils...

I've tested real motives by entering conversations declaring I had no plans to have children. Which is why I know it's a red herring. Ditto, I am involved with mentoring students and young professionals, and have been for years. I tend to favor those who seek to learn, grow, and leave a place in a better condition than they found it - no matter where they come from. It could be Mars, for all that matters.

I am more of a doer... ;) Which is also why I rarely talk about these topics. They lead to polarizing discussions and opinions based upon assumptions.

The way I see it is there are too many ready to just pick up the crumbs, and never questioning why such low self awareness and esteem... or those who are too scared they will be found out and so they never speak up for that reason. As I said, it's complicated. I don't buy into the "this group" only of anything. Buckets and lists are convenient excuses...

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