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Minji Kim HDFS 201 001 Dr. Olvera Article Review 3 1. In the section “Executive Summary,” the authors explain contributing factors to gender gaps in different social domains, and posited that gaps may continue to exist “partly because they’re rooted in the essentialist belief that women and men have fundamentally different aptitudes and are accordingly suited for fundamentally different types of roles (e.g., occupations, majors, relationships). These widely diffused beliefs work at once to (a) encourage women and men to make choices that are consistent with such stereotypical views (i.e., the ‘socialization mechanism), and (b) encourage managers and those in authority to allocate occupations and other roles in accord with such stereotypical views (i.e., the “discrimination mechanism”)” (page 5) Explain in your own words what is meant by an “essentialist belief” about perceived differences between men and women.
How does this belief affect the types of choices men and women make in their lives?

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