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It’s no secret that getting into the best colleges in the U.S. is incredibly hard for all applicants, but if you’re a woman, it’s a lot harder than it should be. There is a fairly wide gap between acceptance rates for men and women in a lot of schools but it is particularly bad when it comes to the schools at the top of the leaderboard. What you might not realize is that the reason for this is because a large number of schools do not have to abide by discrimination laws. A public school that receives state funding has to follow laws that make it illegal to discriminate by gender. However, the elite schools that are not state-funded do not have to follow these rules; they are exempt from Title IX’s ban on sex discrimination. That means it is perfectly legal for them to discriminate against you because you’re…
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There is no such thing as an “overachiever” – just jealous “underachievers” trying to throw shade.
I was called an overachiever for the first time in 2015 – and by another woman.The remark came after a discussion of childhood schooling,where she measured her son’s track record against my own.
The remark caught me completely by surprise. What did it mean exactly? Is there something wrong with personal success? Am I supposed tolower my standards? Work less hard? Set fewer goals?
Was it because I am a woman?
Achievement in Jamaica
Prior to moving to the United States, I don’t remember ever hearing the word ‘overachiever’. In Jamaica, you’re either hardworking, or lazy – gender be damned!
In Jamaica, it’s also common for femalesto excel in school – more so than males. We also outnumber them in college classrooms; and then outnumber them again in most areas of the work force; and have a much higher literacy rate.
According to expert sources, like the American Psychology…
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