The Gendered Perception Of Value

Men are seen as important and women as interesting. But why?

Dr. Martina Olbert
3 min readJul 24, 2021

When men have value they are seen as important.

When women have value they are seen as interesting.


Because interesting is a deviation from the norm.


Important versus Interesting

Importance is about where we place value.

Interestingness is about what catches our attention because it’s somehow different to what we’re used to.

Until we still believe that women don’t have the same merit and importance, we won’t progress.

We won’t create the value we would otherwise have if our beliefs of the world we live in weren’t distorted by illusions and disbelief.

Merit Has No Gender

There is nothing interesting about merit. It just is.

Its value is inherent, not perceptional.

It isn’t interesting. It has value because it adds value to other things and therefore makes everything else more valuable by its presence.



Dr. Martina Olbert

Humanist, Futurist, Thinker, Speaker, Strategist, and Social scientist. Laying foundations for Humanistic Capitalism using business to drive social change.