This is a question that really bothers me! Since we now know that 25 years after we were told that Women Lawyers were making only 75% of Male Lawyers and that the statistics are still pretty much the same, we have been inundated with ways to be more like men. I hate that! It’s not because I don’t like the way men act and don’t feel that they can teach us a lot but I feel like that view discounts what women can bring to the table that men don’t.
I recently heard a speaker say that because women lawyers ask questions after being given an assignment, that they are less likely to be seen as confident. Men, on the other hand, just accept the assignment without asking for any further clarification or help and are then seen as more confident. Something is really wrong with that scenario.
So this means if the women doesn’t ask questions in order to complete the assignment quicker and better, she is seen as not confident about her work? Or is it because men know that they can get the support they need later if they have questions about the work? More importantly, do men know they won’t be judged if they ask for further help but may be judged if they ask for help right away? If so, how did they learn this?