10 Awful Stereotypes About Powerful Women That Need To Be Destroyed

10 Awful Stereotypes About Powerful Women That Need To Be Destroyed ©iStock/lechatnoir

Women have come a long way in terms of equality, but we’re still not nearly on even ground with guys. While many of us are strong, badass women who are out there bossing it in every area of our lives, not everyone is happy to see us succeed. Here are some of the most ridiculous stereotypes powerful women still come up against that need to die:

  1. We slept our way to the top.No, we didn’t offer our boss oral sex in order to land our position. We actually worked hard for it, just like all of our male coworkers did.
  2. We’re single.Believe it or not, it’s actually possible for a woman to balance a career and a love life at the exact same time. Just because we’re workaholics doesn’t mean we never get laid.
  3. We’re not feminine.We aren’t going to wear low-cut tops and miniskirts to the office, where we’re meant to look professional. But we certainly rock our little black dresses and stilettos on our nights off.
  4. Our periods make us unqualified. If anything, our periods make us stronger. Try seeing how a man would react to that much blood.
  5. We’re bitches.We might seem like we’re cold and emotionless during business hours, but that’s just our work persona. If you catch us on our off hours, you’ll see an entirely different side of us.
  6. We’re miserable.There are plenty of powerful women with happy families. Even if we’re single and childless, that doesn’t mean that there’s a gaping hole in our life.
  7. We hate men.We don’t actually hate the opposite sex. We just hate the way some of them treat us, because they don’t all realize that “gender equality” is a thing now.
  8. We hate other women.We don’t hate women who choose to stay at home and raise their children. Feminism is all about having the right to choose what you do with your life, so as long as our fellow females are happy, we’re happy.
  9. We’re only involved in certain fields.There are powerful women in every field, even computer programming and engineering. We’re not limited to working in the food or fashion industry.
  10. We don’t care what you say.We’re not impervious to your insults. Even though we know your opinion doesn’t really matter, it can still cause us to shed a few tears.
Holly Riordan is a writer from Long Island, New York who has authored several science fiction and horror books. A graduate of Stony Brook University, she has spent nearly a decade writing for publications including Thought Catalog, Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, and more. You can find her on Instagram @hollyrio and Twitter @hollyyrio.