Watch Out Your Beliefs are Showing – Does Prejudice (Still) Exist?

It shocks me that in this day and age prejudice still does exist.  I must confess that for most of my adult business life, I have not directly experienced someone either giving me or denying me business simply because I am hispanic or because I am a woman.   But every now and again, I am reminded that there are still those that believe that they would be better off if someone “like me” would simply get out of their way, or behave and believe in a way that they deem appropriate.

I like to think that we’ve come a long, long way.  That in not only the United States but in most of the Westernized world women and “minorities” are actually on equal footing with the majority.  I don’t believe in identity politics, that is, voting a certain way because of my heritage or sex. I vote on issues and people, not because someone tells me that I belong to a certain group and therefore I am expected to act along with the perceived will of that group.  For me, more freedom means less government control – – for everyone.  For me, we are all strengthened through inclusion and divided when we exclude or label others.  We grow stronger when we think of all of us as “us” not in terms of “us and them.”  Isn’t that, afterall, what the United States is all about?  Remember those “huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

In this group everyone is welcome.  And yes, men, that means you too.  We have a few men that have come to our events every now and again and they are never turned away.  This is a Luncheon that  exists to further the needs of women in business but we do not ever exclude anyone because of their sex.

In this group you’ll find individuals from all walks of life, encompassing many different races and ethnicities, and from differing religious beliefs.  You are all welcome and invited to share with us about your business.

No matter who you are, you are part of “us” and that’s why this group grows stronger daily.  I only wish that other people got that like you and I do.  If you want to grow a strong business you want to be inclusive.  Being inclusive is an attitude that simply cannot be disguised through some HR policy and it starts out with your beliefs…and you know what, try as one might, their beliefs are showing.

What do you think?  Have you experienced prejudice in business or in life because you are a woman?

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