Art by Neal P. Corpus
In the flurry of women’s month posts on Instagram, one particular post hits home: Lenny Kravitz holding up a sign that says “It’s time to turn it over to women! Men have had their chance to run the world and look where we are…” If you’ve been paying attention in the past few years (or should I say decades, ’cause it feels like it), you’ll know that the global news have been dominated by questionable decisions made by powerful male figures. It may take years (or again, decades) to see a woman making big calls, but for now, we can slowly inch our way towards proper equality in smaller industries.
According to a report by the Philippine STAR in 2018, Filipinas get almost the same opportunities as men in the local STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields. Sure, there are still stories of harassment in surgery rooms and unfair treatment in boardrooms, but that research data gives us bit of hope. Maybe just a few more years, we can finally achieve balance in the workforce. But before that happens, we need more women among the higher-ups. So what’s stopping women from stepping up and claiming a spot?
This bit of data from a research by Refinery29 and Berlin Cameron might hold the answer: Women are “48 percent more likely to stay up at night worrying about their success.” While women are out there sealing million-peso deals and innovating new technology, all while juggling many other things, there’s still the nagging feeling that says we’re not doing enough or that we don’t deserve the recognition we’re getting. That monster is called the Impostor Syndrome. By definition, the Impostor Syndrome is the “psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud.” While it’s not an experience specific to women, it’s a condition that a lot of minorities quietly go through after years of being set aside and put down, and we’re not strangers to that.