Women, unfortunately, are primarily judged on their looks.
According to TV presenter Claire Balding, “We look at women and we judge, whereas we listen to men and we judge. Their voice, as in what they say, is stronger than their look.”
“‘That’s in every walk of life, not just the media. And it has a pervasively negative effect seeping through everything,” she adds.
She is spot on.
Without going in too many details, here are five examples of women, perfectly smart and skilled in their fields, who are judged more on their looks than their talent.
The Canadian chess player is a pro. She started playing when she was 6 years old and is now ranked No. 3 in Canada. But apparently all people can talk about is her looks.
17-year-old Sabina Altynbekova hails from Kazakhstan and is a professional volleyball player. But the most rampant question regarding her has nothing to do with her scores, but whether she is the hottest sportswoman in the world or not.
While most of the world knows her for her stunning beauty, brilliantly acted movie roles and couture red carpet looks, very few know how accomplished she is.
She not only has a degree from Harvard, but also completed graduate courses at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is the only Harvard alum to win an Academy Award for best actress. Additionally, she has been published twice in scientific journals.
If that is not enough to floor a person, she also speaks six languages.
The American professional golfer has won 12 tournaments, including 10 LPGA Tour events, and has been ranked No. 2 in the Women's World Golf Rankings. She was the 2010 U.S. Women's Open champion.
What intrigues people more about her, however, are her good looks, how sexy she looks on the course and how she loves wearing pink and hence has been nicknamed the Pink Panther.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Former Miss Universe and leading Indian actress, Aishwarya Rai is often lauded as the most beautiful woman in the world. Few know, however, that she has been an ace student all her life, has a degree in architecture and speaks several languages fluently.