Stereotypes And Misconceptions Essay

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Looking at a person and putting them in a “group” that they would belong to, is something we do all the time. Stereotypes are widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing. We all do this to everyone we see, but we also give misconceptions too. Why do we do this? Think about if you knew who that person really was, would it be different then the stereotype you put them in? A great way to start is to understand what stereotypes and misconceptions are and the differences between them. Stereotypes and misconceptions are two different meanings that we get the idea that they are the same thing. Stereotype is used to categorize a certain group. Examples of stereotypes are Jocks, Preps, Nerds, Geeks, …show more content…
Women are usually mistaken for staying at home all the time and taking care of the children. Another case is the women do not work or have jobs, but women are much more than that. It’s hard being a female in the engineering department. The engineering department is filled with males more than females. In fact, 25% of engineers are females in the United States and Canada. About 15% in Germany, 17% in Great Britain, and 20% in Australia. These are some common misconceptions why people think about that there is not a lot of women in engineering because “women are not as smart as men”, “Women do not want to get their hands dirty”, “women are not as strong as men”, or “Women are not capable of working with machines” In the World right now there are at least 42 CEOs or high positions that are female engineers. These women are in charge of powerful engineering companies such as Survey Monkey, LinkedIn, Tesla, stripe, airbnb, and many others. Just because someone is a female does not mean that they do not excel in their job and …show more content…
Saying women are not as smart as men is deceiving. On average females do outshine the males at school and universities. Females learn to read quicker than males. Some researchers have taken a large survey from 2011 and 2015 to see which sex was smarter. The Surveys show that by the fourth grade girls were a full year of learning ahead of their male peers in reading and by the fifth grade. It also showed that females were about 40% of a year of a learning ahead of boys in mathematics. In engineering, math and science are important. Getting your hands dirty is something a lot of people do not like doing, even if you are not a woman. People think “oh she does not want to ruin her pedicure, she will not do the dirty work.” The women in engineering do have to get their hands dirty and they do not mind. Natalie Ventura would say that when she was in robotics and when she worked on the lathe she would get her hands dirty from the metal, coolant, and shavings. Getting the job done requires to get a little dirty. Usually in the robotics team, the mentor would have a male be in charge more than a female. Our mentor would talk more and interact with the males on the team more than the females. Natalie Ventura, a former robotics student shares some experiences about robotics, “In robotics, it was very sexist and biased. If they need something heavy to move,

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