As gifted adults we are perpetually in the process of striving toward self-actualization. We want to become absolutely everything we can be and experience all of the world in its magnificent totality. But some say that for gifted women this is a nearly unattainable goal…
Our talents and abilities give us so much of what we need to be amazingly successful. But sometimes the expectations of society make the possibility of similar achievement between men and women more challenging that we might expect. Kathleen Nobel in her article “The Dilemma of the Gifted Woman” says:
Nobel says that in our younger years, shanghai girls and boys are about equally as likely to be recognized as being gifted. But by the time we reach high school, the percentage of shanghai girls recognized as gifted drops down to about 25%. And as adults, women settle for much less than their full potential. (Though these figures were gathered many years ago and progress has been made, there is still much room for improvement.)
So what are gifted women to do?
Redefining the meaning of success is a great place to start. In the past, success was defined by men predominantly because they were the ones who were out in the workforce. Now that both men and women complete advanced schooling, work full time, and invest financially in their futures, what it means to make the most of who you are needs a second look.
Unfortunately for women, too often we’ve been expected to work both outside and inside the home with equal proficiency and dedication while climbing the corporate ladder in the same way as our male counterparts. But who says it has to be this way?
What if women were to use all of their abilities in ways previously unthought of? What if we were to change the perception of making it to the top to include elements more unique to gifted women? And what if you and I were the ones to set the new standard?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. If you could recreate the definition of success, what would it include for you? How would it be the same as it is currently, and how would it be different?
Gifted women have an exceptional opportunity to alter our planet in ways we can hardly imagine. And I for one am very glad to be part of the metamorphosis. Are you?