WHY ARE THESE STORIES IMPORTANT?

It's scientifically proven that women solve problems differently than men. Here's just one study:

"In a German study, researchers conducted brain scans of men and women while they mentally rotated abstract, three-dimensional shapes. There were no performance differences between the men and women, but there were significant, sex-specific differences in the brain circuits they activated to complete the task. Women triggered brain pathways linked to visual identification and spent more time than men picturing the objects in their minds.

This fact merely meant that it took women longer to get to the same answer. It also showed that females perform all the cognitive functions males perform—they just do so by using different brain circuits." _Dr. Louann Brizendine's book The Female Brain

Part of the mission of WomenFix is to take this discovery one step further by showcasing stories about how females solve problems. We anticipate the stories will do the following:

  • Uncover the role and value of female problem solving. Female perception, experience, and intuition all play a part in a woman's approach to problem solving. These short stories will spark conversations between women and men about their roles and values as well as differences and similarities in problem solving strategies.

  • Fill an important historical gap. Men have had the opportunity to 'run the show' for most of our existence on Earth from public government to private enterprise. Therefore, stories and case studies about how men have solved problems are well documented. We hope WomenFix stories will help fill missing documentation and challenge the structure and processes already in place.

  • Give women a voice that will help them craft their own career  In the US, women hold almost 52% of all professional-level jobs, yet they represent only 15% of executive officers, 8% of top earners, and 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs. (AmericanProgress.org) We hope WomenFix will be a catalyst to speed the time it takes for society to level out these percentage differences. Or, to create new positions and flexible jobs specific to women's problem solving talents and perspective.

 

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