For many women, feeling like an outsider isn’t an illusion — it’s the result of systemic bias and exclusion.
Imposter syndrome took a fairly universal feeling of discomfort, second-guessing, and mild anxiety in the workplace and pathologized it, especially for women.
Even as we know it today, imposter syndrome puts the blame on individuals, without accounting for the historical and cultural contexts that are foundational to how it manifests in both women of color and white women. Imposter syndrome directs our view toward fixing women at work instead of fixing the places where women work.
“Who is deemed ‘professional’ is an assessment process that’s culturally biased and skewed,”