I want to be hungry for more.
"There’s a paradox in thinking that you’re better than other girls, when your whole reason for feeling that way is because you think your gender is so inherently inferior that you want to dis-identify with being a girl altogether."
More Than Words: Tomboys R Us
THIS whenever some girl brags about being “one of the boys” or says something like “I’m not like other girls, I LOVE [stereotypically masculine thing].”
Data shows most Americans making minimum wage are women. In reality, not only are more than half of all minimum wage workers women, they’re adult women with children who earn half of their family’s income. For this reason, not only is raising the minimum wage to $10.10 a labor rights issue, but a major women’s issue as well.
Women are more likely to hold low-wage jobs than men. In 2012, 64% of minimum wage workers were women compared to 36% of men. This means about 2.4 million women earn the minimum wage or less, while approximately 1.2 million men do. This imbalance is even more striking once you consider that women are just 46.8% of all employed workers in the United States.
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg's nonprofit organization, LeanIn.org, has partnered with Getty Images to “to create a line of stock photos that depict mature, professional businesswomen, rather than ones who appear dumb, subservient, sexualized, or sometimes all three at once.”
“One recent study found that only 3% of creative directors are women. In journalism, men continue to fill the majority of top editor roles — and this likely extends to photo editor roles as well. We’ve all seen Mad Men. This isn’t the 1950s, but the advertising industry is not exactly a model for gender equality. None of this is to say that men can’t accurately depict women in visual imagery, but if we’ve learned anything from the research, it’s that gender equality in every industry leads to better and more representative outcomes.”
"The new library of photos shows professional women as surgeons, painters, bakers, soldiers and hunters. There are girls riding skateboards, women lifting weights and fathers changing babies’ diapers.”
We’d like to see more of this.
From bathroom etiquette to pronoun courtesy, it’s not rocket science, people.
1. Start seeing gender all the time.
Gender is a rule set based on our ideas about sex. Those rules used to say that women couldn’t vote or wear pants and that men couldn’t date other men. Today, gender still prevents many women from reaching the same pay grade as men. It also boxes in transgender people who feel that the gender they were assigned at birth is inaccurate. Simply recognizing gender and its many mandates challenges us to change the game.
2. Can you de-gender that?
Think of every time you are asked to choose between male and female in any given day: picking out clothing, filling out forms, using public restrooms, choosing hygiene products, planning get-togethers. Think about how you can make room for gender-variance. Can you rid your language of generalizations about men and women? Can you suggest that the single-stall bathrooms at work be labeled with gender neutral signs? Your efforts here create more room for people of all gender identities.