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It became clear to me that as far as women have come in the workplace to redefine our role, there is much work left to do in our relationships.
In 2015, there are many men who will claim they want a "smart, ambitious woman," but I’ve noticed it often doesn’t play out that way in reality — and there are plenty of studies to corroborate my anecdotal evidence.
It became clear that I had effectively disqualified a large pool of guys who were simply not interested in dating an alpha female; I was an overeducated, career-obsessed, wannabe tech executive with little interest in playing the “traditional” doting girlfriend.
And to be fair, I disqualified guys who didn’t share my same drive to achieve, level of intellect, or desire to be in a relationship where our careers and social lives were of equal importance.
But ironically, by downplaying my mission, I was actually suffering from the very same type of complex I am determined to eradicate.
And at 31, it’s time for me to stop worrying about what other people think and start worrying about moving the needle.
When I got an academic scholarship to Carnegie Mellon to study computer science, I never thought twice about how education and career would affect my dating life.It also doesn’t mean men expect their "ambitious" wife to stay that way after marriage.An study finds that 50% of millennial men expect their wife’s career to take a backseat to theirs (versus equal priority) and nearly 70% expect the wife to be the primary caretaker of their children (versus equal responsibility).I worked incredibly hard to graduate early and build my résumé, network, and pedigree, working in all-male teams at name-brand tech companies.After finishing it all off with an MBA, I started to realize that with every promotion or degree I collected, I embodied more and more the definition of "alpha female." (The fact that women who are able to compete successfully with men in the workplace warrants us a special label is ludicrous to me, but I embraced it, because it meant I was succeeding.)After business school, I entered back into the world of singledom after the end of a 5-year relationship.