Empowerment. What a buzz word if I’ve ever heard one. Let’s empower women to become all they can be. Let’s unleash their potential on the business world. Let’s give em a chance. How will we accomplish this noble goal? By grouping them all together to fight against the unfairness they’ve faced for centuries of course.
Good idea? Sounds like a terrible idea to me. You see, by simply grouping certain races, sexes, or whatever other label you want to put on individuals, you actually isolate them from the rest of the people. Even worse, you ASSUME that the group contains imaginary linkages that bring them all together.
While a lot of women may be emotional and find shopping to be their favorite pastime, that is far from the truth for all of us. And let me tell you, I’m not exactly lacking in confidence which is what the majority of articles out there suggest I am. Guess what? WE ARE ALL INDIVIDUALS.
Just like some men that thrive playing football and others who would much rather play a game of cards, the variance within each said group is HUGE. And why limit it to the sexes? Why not understand that any group out there has a wide variety of people in it. So please stop labeling the entire group as one unchanging body.
A group is actually an abstract thing which is why collectivism ultimately fails. Individuals exist. Groups are imagined. Now, I understand why leaders do group women or certain races together to pinpoint the issues they are facing overall. Sexism, racism, and unfair disadvantages definitely still exist in certain parts of this world. And they unfortunately always will to a certain degree.
Yet, the way to give people a better chance for success is to focus on awarding performance among INDIVIDUALS. You see, there will always be people that work harder than others. So, by awarding individuals based on their performance, you open up the playing field. Please stop grouping us by race, sex, or whatever other label you want to throw out there.
Screw it. Let’s pinpoint what it takes to succeed and go that route. Let’s extend a hand to the person who doesn’t have all the tools, but has all the potential. Let's tackle unfairness on a case-by-case basis in order to truly understand its root causes.
Instead of generalizing who's to blame, let's realize that there are many contributing factors and not just one group at fault. Let's get back to our belief in the American Dream - that despite where you came from, if you put in the hard work, you can succeed. Let's get back to that kind of hope that built our country. One unique individual at a time.