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Working in a Male-Dominated Field? Consider this Research-Backed Advice

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If you’re a woman, hearing advice about how to perform better at your job can sound on par with hearing your old Uncle Sal tell you how to file your taxes. It’s well-meaning, of course, but is it timely or relevant in this day and age?

It’s not exactly news that women are charting new courses in typically male-dominated fields. A large portion of our Influential Women in Manufacturing program is spent learning about how women are helping make things happen in the companies they work for and the teams they lead. When we spoke with her right after her election win, Congresswoman Haley Stevens reminded us how important it was to roll up our sleeves and deliver.

And while women’s careers have long-since progressed past Rosie the Riveter, the advice for how to succeed, at times, seems to only be punctuated by female outliers who are only able to offer anecdotal accounts of how they got where they’re at.

That’s why when Sian Beilock, cognitive scientist and President of Barnard College, recently wrote a piece for the Harvard Business Review her numerous citations for researched-back pieces of advice were a breath of fresh air. From the importance to finding female role-models to handling performance reviews, her advice isn’t just sound, it’s backed up by thorough research.

Read the full piece on Harvard Business Review