Why Women Tend to Excel in Humanities Careers

Why Women Tend to Excel in Humanities Careers

 

Studying human culture shows us some of the most incredible traits of the human race. Small nuances can make or break civilizations, influence countless generations, and result in large and lasting changes.
Looking at statistics, women tend to excel in humanities-driven careers. They have an innate sense for paying attention to those smaller things, recognizing patterns in individuals, and interacting with people on a deeper level. Their unique outlook allows them to overcome circumstances that may otherwise seem impossible. Let’s explore some of the reasons why women tend to shine in humanities careers.

Being Personable
Humanities careers can vary widely in what they do, but all tend to have one common factor: they deal with the interaction of people. Women excel at communication because they tend to understand their own emotions and behaviors better than their male counterparts. They understand the importance of a greeting, of being on time, listening, and ensuring that personal issues outside a business transaction remain separate.

Empathy
Whether you are a teacher or sales agent, both require a high level of empathy to do be done well. Professionals need to understand the people they work with, which means they must account for differences in age, ethnicity, and other factors to be successful.
The reason women tend to be more successful with empathy, related to their careers, revolves around the way they think. Most women better understand that each person wants to be special, and have certain requirements that contribute towards morals and ethics. Honing these skills with a degree in sociology or psychology can give them an edge in how they are able to interact with more people.

Analysis
Analyzing others and the patterns they stick to is very necessary for many humanities careers like genealogists, historians, and diplomats. Women who are more familiar with their own faults and strengths find recognizing those things in others to simple.
To become even better at analyzing other people, some women find studying psychology, sociology, and anthropology to be helpful. This can help form a complete picture of what people tend to be thinking at a given moment. Getting certifications and degrees in these fields will help to further a humanities career and there are many different ways to become certified.

What is a board certified behavior analyst? What does it take to become licensed as a social worker? Talking to others in the field and educators will help women determine what paths they can take as a humanities graduate.

Understanding Challenges
The most prominent strength women tend to possess is their understanding for the underrepresented. Most are familiar with working in a world where male counterparts tend to be paid more, to acquire raises more easily, and are praised for doing less work.
In careers where social work or the law is involved, women excel because they understand the problems of the people whom they work with. They understand just how hard it can be to be different, or to be seen as “lesser”, despite doing the same as anyone else. This gives them the unique ability to fight more fiercely for people who cannot fight for themselves.

The unique situations women encounter, their ability to notice important minor details, their ability to emphasize, and their analytical abilities make them excellent fits for many humanities careers. This gives many advantages in offering superior work in careers seemingly dominated by men.

 

Nepali Chhori Means Nepali Daughter

We came across the Nepali Chhori blog by accident — via a link a singer posted on google.   So, we visited the link thinking we were contacting the singer, but were actually contacting Richa Pokhrel and her blog.  After a couple of email conversations, we became aware of our mistake.  However, we were so moved by the women’s stories and the other content on the blog that we wanted to share it here.     Richa, first of all, congratulations on the award your blog received and second, thank you so much for allowing us to share you and your work here.   We also thank you for uniting Nepalese women and helping the overall collective of women to gain more rights, respect, appreciation and understanding. Women need women.  Together we are strong.   nepali The heading of the website reads: “Being a Nepali Woman in Today’s World.” First, tell our readers what “Nepali Chhori” means and second, what was your reason for starting your Nepali Chhori blog?

 

Nepali Chhori means Nepali daughter. I wanted to create a safe space for Nepali woman, no matter where they live, to come together and talk about things that affect us. I couldn’t find any place on the internet for just Nepali woman so I thought a blog was the way to go. I realize that we aren’t going to have the same experiences but we will be able to understand each other and come together.

 

How many different writers contribute to your blog?

Currently we have 6 regular writers, including myself but we do have guest authors from time to time. We are always looking for more Nepali women writers.

 

Are they all Nepali women?

All of them are Nepali, but we all live in different parts of the world.

 

We found several stories where writers talk about their experiences as a part of the culture of United States and how it conflicts or varies with the Nepalese culture that their parents hold on to. One story specifically was “Adulthood,” where the writer’s mother flew out to her college to meet with her college advisor. She felt it was a little over the top, but by her mother’s standards, it was perfectly appropriate. In your opinion, for situations like this, is this culture difference a really big problem or not a problem at all?

 

In that example, I think that was very extreme as in terms of cultural differences. I don’t think most Nepali parents would do that in America. In general, Nepali parents are very involved in their children’s lives, even as we get older. Even though I am in my late 20s, my mother still calls and asks if I have eaten and what I have eaten. I am married and they still see me as a little girl. Independence and individuality isn’t something that is taught in Nepal, we are a society that depends on our family and friends. For of us who grew up outside the country, we struggle with this notion because in Western cultures, independence and individuality is something that is taught early on. Sometimes the things our parents do seem extreme here but some these situations wouldn’t be extreme in Nepal.

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Tell our readers a little bit about Nepal. For instance, where is Nepal? What is the population size and what is the dominant religion?

Nepal is a tiny country between China and India. It has roughly 27 million people and many different ethnicities and languages. It is also home to the highest mountains in the world known as the Himalayas. It is known as the Hindu Kingdom because majority of its people are Hindus but there also a lot of Buddhists and smaller populations of other religions.

We watched the segment on Nepal from the documentary entitled “Girl Rising” which taught us that girls are forced to work (as slaves) from a very young age under the guise of “bonded labor?” There was a law passed in 2000 to end that. Do you think it still continues?

Yes, it still continues. Unfortunately, even with the law passed, society is slow to make those changes and frankly some people are morally okay with treating girls as slaves. Also, due to poverty, parents get tricked when they think they are sending their children for a job but end up being trafficked. However, there are organizations that are working towards ending these practices across the country.

Nepali Chori was Honored as "Most Diverse Blog"
Nepali Chori was Honored as “Most Diverse Blog”

What is the woman’s role in Nepalese society?

In the traditional sense, it’s to be a good daughter, then a good wife, and a good mother. There always a male figure in your life that you are supposed to obey, your father, your brother, then your husband. However, there are a lot of women and girls who aren’t conforming to these narrow expectations. Many women are choosing to marry when they want, choosing to have kids later in life, pursuing their career goals, and being politically involved. Women in Nepal do a lot of work but never get credit for all that they do.

What kind of things do you feel need to be changed in that society as it relates to women?

  1. Citizenship through mothers. Currently, it’s very difficult for people to get citizenship without proving both parents are Nepali. This affects millions of people, especially children who are born to single mothers, refugee mothers, mothers who were abandoned by their husbands, and Nepali women who married foreign nationals. They are deemed stateless. The Citizenship Certificate is needed to do the most basic of things in Nepal like registering for school, buying property, vote, opening a bank account, etc. However, children of Nepali men who marry foreign nationals don’t have this problem because they automatically get citizenship through descent. Nepal is currently working on drafting the new constitution, there has been big activism in changing the law so that citizenship can be granted either by the mother or father, not both.
  1. Nepali Chori Blog celebrated their first year - April 6, 2015
    Nepali Chhori Blog celebrated their first year – April 6, 2015

    Education. Many girls in the rural areas don’t have access to education even though basic education is supposed to be free for everyone.

  1. Access to resources. It’s nearly impossible to get bank loans and women can’t inherit land easily.
  1. Menstruation practices. There are still practices of “chaupadi” in rural Nepal for women who are menstruating. This essentially means they can’t practice in normal activities like cooking, cleaning, being around others. This was banned in 2005 but it is still being practiced.

What can we do collectively to help create positive change for girls and women in Nepal?

We can believe in them, we can encourage them, and we can give them support. For any change to happen, we must fully believe in the capabilities of other women, especially those who don’t come from the same background as us. We as women need to let go our our stereotypes and we need to stop making judgements about other women’s choices.

Richa the proud graduate!
Richa the proud graduate!

What do you want out of life personally and what is your mission in life, if you have one?

My mission in life is to be the best person I can be. It’s very easy to try to be someone you aren’t, especially with all the pressure we get from our families, friends, and society. I want to live an authentic life that doesn’t dwell too much on how I look, how much money I make, and what things I own. But more on how I treat others and how I interact with nature. My life is filled with meaningful friendships, room for growth, and the ability to not take myself too seriously. I hope that continues as I get older.     http://nepalichori.com/ https://twitter.com/nepalichoriblog

Let Our Children Fail

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by T.M. Todrovich

 

Throughout the years I have had teenaged children, I have heard too often that one or both of a child’s parents thought they weren’t good enough. Statements such as, “You will never amount to anything”, “You can’t make it in the military”, “Why are you even thinking about college? You can’t do it?” and so many other derogatory comments have been shared with me by young adults.

As a parent, I know teens tend to exaggerate and do not understand where their parents are coming from, and when talking with teens, I do my best to keep this in mind; however, many times the pain on the teen’s face reveal the deep, dark, sad truth. Some of the young adults have risen above these demeaning remarks and set out to prove their parents wrong, but many rehash the statements over and over, like an old tape repeating constantly.

When we discourage our children, tell them they are not good enough, or even if our action and facial expressions show it when our words are more kind, we are setting our child up for failure. We are destroying their self-confidence, their self-esteem, and their desire to better themselves. This is a tragedy.

I know there are times my kids think of something and I am not entirely sure they can accomplish their dreams. Occasionally their dream is so distant and far from their abilities I am certain it is not something they will be able to do. I look back at these dreams and although I do not recall, I’m sure I have discouraged them in one way or another. We all make mistakes, say the wrong thing, and do things we wish we could change, and usually this is done with the excuse we are only trying to help our child.

Is this the best course of action? Is it wise to tell our child, “Um, sweetie, you have poor eyesight and will never be a pilot,” or “Dear, you are clumsy and will never be able to be a cheerleader?” Yes, we do it because we don’t want our child to try and fail. Yes, we do it with the best intentions. But is it right?

For some parents, their intentions are not honorable. They don’t believe their child can do anything and discourage them from trying. One young friend of my family’s wants to join the armed services. When he mentions it to his parents, he is blatantly told he isn’t smart enough and is too lazy. I know this young adult well, and that is far from the truth. For this young man, he sees no future because his parents tell him repeatedly he isn’t good enough.

How do we change this thinking? How do we encourage a child who has been told they can’t achieve their dreams that they should try and even if they fail, they have something to be proud of? Is it possible?

For parents like our friend’s, they have to change their thinking and look at their son with new, less judging eyes and see the good, hardworking, determined man inside. For other parents who have good intentions, we must think before we speak, something we try to teach our children to do. We must check our reactions, our facial expressions, and do some deep soul-searching. We must find out why we feel the way we do.

If we are afraid our child will fail, we must realize that our child is going to fail at something. We all do. Failing is necessary for finding our strengths, our weakness, our dreams, and what is worth fighting for. Failing is an essential ingredient in learning how to succeed. If and when our child fails, instead of having a smug, “I told you so” attitude, we must teach our child the positive outcome of failing, and we must express our pride in the fact they tried.

Our job as parents is to lead our children into an independent life, a life where they find who they are, what they are meant to do, and what they love. By lovingly discussing the pros and cons of a dream and allowing our child to make his or her own decision, we are promoting independence, confidence, and growth.

The next time my youngest child says he wants to be a professional gamer, I refuse to point out that he is mediocre at games, that I do not allow him the time to play for hours and hours on end, and that he does not have the best gaming set up. Instead, I will encourage him to keep dreaming, encourage him to read everything he can find on gaming (I am a firm believer reading, even if only articles on gaming, is essential), and let him learn all he can. Perhaps he will one day prove me wrong and be a millionaire gamer, or perhaps he will realize he isn’t quite cut out for professional gaming and it should be a hobby. When he reaches adulthood, the decision is his, not mine. I will take comfort in knowing I supported him to the best of my abilities. If he fails, I will be there with open arms. If he succeeds, I will be there cheering him on. And whatever happens, he will know he always had my support.

 

 

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Ways to Save On Your Auto Insurance

If you are driving a vehicle on the road, you must have car insurance.  Insurance protects you financially if you have an accident.  They will cover any liability you may have if you cause an accident.  And depending on your policy, they may also provide medical coverages.  There are a few ways to save on auto insurance:

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Telematics: There are a growing number of insurance firms that are offering a “telematics” or “black box” insurance policy. This requires the driver to have a GPS device installed in the car to track how the vehicle is being driven. In exchange for you using this device, the insurance company will offer you a slightly lower rate.  The important thing to remember is that you or whomever is driving the vehicle has to drive well and safely.

Packages:   Many insurers offer package discounts if you carry multiple policies with them such as automobile, homeowners or apartment, boat, RV, etc.

Discounts: There are periodical, seasonal or holidays discounts. Most insurers offer a wide variety of discounts.  If you are a member of AAA, AARP or other organizations, inquire as to whether or not your insurance company offers a discount for the group that you are a member of.  Ask if they have a safe driver discount also if you have an excellent driving record.

Higher deductibles:  Opt for the highest deductible possible. A deductible is the amount that you pay whenever there is an accident or other insurance-covered situation.  Try to make sure you have the money saved and on hand in case you ever do need to apply it to a situation.

Shop around.  There are companies like don allred insurance that you can contact to get the best rate for you.

 

 

Do you need to have the latest vehicle with all of the newest features and technology or can you get away with just basic transportation?   One of the best ways to save on insurance is to drive an older vehicle.  The newer the vehicle and the more coverage you need, the higher the insurance cost is going to be.  With older vehicles, depending on the cost, you may or may not need collision coverage.  Collision pays for physical damage to your car.  That’s a big savings right there.  If you get a basic car for a few thousand dollars, then all you need to get is liability coverage.  Keep in mind, however, that is something happens to that car, you will have to get your own replacement vehicle.

But with an older car, you pay much less for insurance and for property taxes.  So, if this is something that you think can work for you, look into it.

 

Mom Has Homework

Submitted by Delicia Watson, Massachusetts

Going to school has been very challenging for me.  I am 42 and have three teenagers at home.  I also work full-time.  I am doing this for a couple of different reasons.  One, is that I always wanted to go to college but just never did.  I started working and just kept working.  The second is to inspire my children so that they will also strive for their own goals, especially when it comes to getting an education.

There are days when I am a little short with them and I would like to do a better job of catching myself before I start snapping at everyone.  My husband is great and picks up the slack a little bit when I get snappy.  He compassionately reminds me or points out when I need to back up a little bit or ease it down and tells the kids – “Mom has homework and she’s a little edgy.”

Then the whole environment lightens up and the kids play it off and say things to me like, “Yeah mom, I had to study really hard for my history exam!”

My family’s been great and I am honored to have the privilege to do this.

My husband has an engineering degree.  He was smart and did the whole college thing right after high school.  His support of me is amazing.  Working, going to school and co-managing a household has been a challenge.  But, I am determined to be fifty years old with a degree … even if no one hires me after all of my hard work because of my age!  :  )

I admit that occasionally I use the service of a company who can write my paper cheap.  I don’t think it’s cheating at all because I do know all of the content and understand everything.  It’s just that time – that old man time – is always on my back and I need to keep up with everything.

All in all it’s been a wonderful, fulfilling experience and I am blessed to be able to do this.  Women Move the Soul, I know you are all about inspiration and I hope my little story has inspired someone else like me to take the challenge and get their degree.  There is nothing like an education that gives you a further understanding of the things in our lives in terms of history, economics, etc.  And there is nothing like college training that really teaches you to open up your mind and to think more clearly.

 

Earn a Professional Certification From IBM

Earning a professional certification from IBM after passing their certification exams offers a variety of benefits to an ambitious technical professional. Among other professionals in the industry, certification is a recognized way to prove an individual’s technical skill. Earning certification therefore allows professionals to have a way to differentiate themselves from among other less qualified technical professionals. Additionally, having the benefit of the industry recognition of their skill set allows professionals to earn respect from among their peers.

certification2Although many professionals may believe that earning a degree will help them pursue a career in a technical field, earning a degree will not prove to potential employers that the professional is capable of performing the technical skills required for a job. Passing IBM certification exams will demonstrate to potential employers that candidates are able to perform the specific job tasks that their IBM certification covers. Professionals who are certified may experience increases in employment opportunities, greater opportunity for bonuses, increased advancement within their career field, and significant increases in pay above those experienced by professionals who do not have not passed IBM certification exams.

Candidates who pass their IBM certification exams prove that they are up to date in the latest developments in IBM products and solutions. The ability to continuously keep up with current trends in technology is an important trait for any successful technical professional.

 

My Suffering Sisters

 

 

Submitted by Alison Gonzales from Los Angeles, California – USA

 

Immigration is a major issue not just in the U.S. but in other parts of the world. People claim their inherent right to exclude other races and cultures from coming into their countries.  People of color specifically are perceived as being dirty, ignorant, lazy and as people who weigh heavy on public support systems.  I can say personally that this is not true.  Mexicans are just as intelligent and diligent as others and we should have a right to live side by side with others in America.  I want to tell you to the story of Lolita, a young Mexican immigrant who is a mother, wife and daughter.

Lolita and her husband arrived in the US in 2010.  They came to work in the agricultural industry.  Both were very hard working people trying to make a better life for themselves and their families as they sent money home on a regular basis.  Her husband was merely walking down the street one day and was attacked by Americans.  He was badly beaten and taken to the hospital where he later died.  Lolita suffers.

Juanita came to the US in 2007.  Since she was here she had two children.  Though also a very hard worker, doing the best she could to provide for her children, she was eventually discovered to be illegal and immediately deported.  She tried to tell the officer that she had children in daycare, but they would not listen to her.  She was put out of the US without even being able to see her children.  Fortunately, she was able to get in touch with the woman who was was watching her children while she worked and is making arrangements for them.

There is the story of Rosita, who was raped and murdered during the perilous journey across the desert to America.  Her murders will never be known and brought to justice.

These are just three stories that are indicative of the hardships my sisters face in trying to come to America to work and create better lives for themselves and their families.  Believe it or not, there are some that are even far more horrific.  I make an appeal to the American people, especially to women, to stand up and speak out against the discrimination that our sisters face.   Please support immigration laws that allow human beings to be treated as human beings, not a creatures and things that should be discarded.  We are sisters, mothers, wives and daughters, just like you.

If you are in fear of being deported, please seek legal help from immigration attorneys.  There are people out there who want to help you.