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Anita Ansari: Overcoming the bias

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By Anita Ansari

Ever feel like you need credentials to be taken seriously? Two recent experiences have me reflecting on a “qualified bias” and the work required to have a solid footing for others to value our experience.

Last month, I sprained my foot and went to get it checked at a clinic. While waiting for my turn at the walk-in, I started running through all the preamble for the doctor in my head. As a woman going into a random physician’s office, I have qualifying statements ready to make sure my concerns are not dismissed.

My qualifying statements are that I’ve had two home births using just Tylenol, and I’m an engineer with a few letters after my name. I then........

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