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Equal opportunities in higher education – fair access for everyone?

"Everyone is the architect of their own fortune" – This ideal of meritocracy suggests that a person's success is determined solely by their own achievements and that each individual has the opportunity to develop personal skills and potential. A high level of education and the resulting career opportunities are considered essential for the desired social ascent. However, the concept that everyone has the same educational and mobility opportunities often contradicts reality.

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Unconscious Bias - Recognizing and Reducing Implicit Predjudices

Unconscious biases arise because of the efficient way our brains work. Dividing our world into pigeonholes and sorting people and experiences into them save time and cognitive resources.  Although this process is not always negative, there are situations where these mental shortcuts can lead us astray. However, we can consciously correct these biases to some extent, mainly by increasing our awareness of them. In this series, we will introduce you to some of the most significant biases:

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Either likeable but incompetent or competent but not likeable

Women face unique, restrictive conditions when attempting to succeed in traditionally male-dominated fields. Competence and warmth are fundamental dimensions that individuals use to perceive and judge each other. Characteristics such as independence, assertiveness, and power align with male stereotypes, while warmth, sense of community, and helpfulness align with female stereotypes. A confident, strong woman who defies expectations created by the female stereotype can threaten societal conventions of female behavior, leading to resistance and backlash. Both competence and warmth are essential for success, but the incongruence between normative female roles and the "masculine" expectations of the business world often result in women being perceived as either likable but incompetent, or competent but unlikable.

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