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At a very young age, as a female from my experience, you learn to wear dresses, play with dolls, and visually see adult women maintaining the home (whether they work outside the home or not). These gender schemas have influenced the beliefs about how we should behave and strive for creating gender stereotypes. Gender schemas have shown to affect how children choose the behaviors they wish to exhibit (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015, p.300). The above mentioned experiences can be restrictive on what behaviors are chosen to learn about and solely engage in.  However, other experiences have been observed where adult females worked outside the home and strived to progress in their company. These experiences and/or observations can be inspiring as the behaviors chosen will seek to learn new objectives (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015, p.300).  This ultimately challenges gender stereotypes and can change gender schemas in a more positive way that inspires inclusivity.

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