Imposter syndrome is a tool of the patriarchy

It’s re-evaluation season. The layoffs in the tech sector have left many people blind-sided, deeply and urgently considering their next career move. It’s also graduate school application season where many people start questioning whether or not they’re good enough as compared to their peers.

This is your reminder that imposter syndrome is a tool of the patriarchy. Many in power in various aspects of society are interested in making sure you keep doubting yourself. It allows them to pay you less and to make yourself smaller so they can maintain their influence. It does not serve you. It serves them.

Do not fall for this, ever. You are a talented, radiant, and intelligent person with heart. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Go out into the world like a lantern and shine.

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