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more attractive people are perceived to be more risk tolerant, according to research by Sheryl Ball, Catherine C Eckel and Maria Heracleous.
Women are perceived to be more risk averse. That means that women are at a disadvantage when it comes to getting support for risk-taking. This perception bias further compounds the inclination differences. I fear this is one of the factors that snagged me as I chose stories for my book. I perceived a larger percentage of male stories to be simply more compelling than the female stories. But were they really? Did I count women out too early? Maybe I just found it easier to relate to the male stories.
Maybe women conceive of risk-taking differently, and I just didn’t look through the right lens.