Happy Feminism Friday everyone!!
I don’t know about you all but I’m having one of those weeks where I’m both grateful that the weekend is here but also have so much to get done before next week that I’m almost wishing I had another day left in this workweek…I’m almost wishing that…but not really 😉
1. Treating Women Like Men (and visa versa):
Rachel was kind enough to forward me an awesome article this week that I’d like to share with you guys. The article discusses the idea that striving to treat women and men equally is counterproductive to creating an environment that allows the success of both genders. As many of you know, I work in a company that is overwhelmingly male-dominated. In fact, my company currently has only 11% women and a vast majority of this number is for positions that do not include a career path to management (it’s also a Fortune 500 Company, btw). There are many arguments in this article that align with my experiences. I also REALLY enjoy and find interesting that the article discusses an inequality in the pre-collegiate education system that favors women over men. https://hbr.org/2015/07/to-hold-women-back-keep-treating-them-like-men
2.Women in Sports:
Woohoo! We’ve got yet another great example of women breaking through barriers in the sports world. This week, the Cardinals hired Jen Welter and the first NFL female intern assistant coach…and she is basically a bad ass! She has a master’s in sports psychology as well as a Ph.D. in psychology. She’s played in a men’s professional football league, played rugby at Boston College, and played in a professional women’s football league for 14 years. All of that and she’s only 37! Congratulations and best of luck to Dr. Welter! Hopefully this internship will develop into something amazing for Dr. Welter as well as open new doors for other women.
3.Diversity in Silicon Valley:
Last month, Facebook released numbers regarding the demographics of its workforce: 70% men, 57% white, 4% Hispanic, and 2% black. From a gender diversity standpoint: for the company who has Sheryl Sandberg as their COO, all I can say is, what the heck is this sh*t?! How is it possible that Facebook of all companies hold these numbers? The excuse that a lack of women in a company is due to a pipeline issue is no longer viable with women now accounting for over 55% of college degrees and 31% of STEM degrees. It appears to me that there is a toxic recipe still being followed by many companies in this industry (and others) where the main ingredients include antiquated recruiting processes and a company culture that is not currently capable of assimilating women into the group whereby they can be retained in a given company. Here is an article from NPR this week specifically discussing the tech industry’s lack of diversity: http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2015/07/26/426364306/more-than-a-pipeline-problem-in-search-of-diversity-in-silicon-valleyutm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20150726 Also, if you’re interested in where I’m getting my numbers from: http://journalistsresource.org/studies/society/gender-society/women-stem-occupations-retention-rates
Rachel also provided me with this article which quickly lists various ways in which women tend to focus our attention outwardly and also provides suggested, often obvious, remedies for these common actions. http://www.elephantjournal.com/2014/04/18-ways-women-are-disconnected-from-themselves-falan-storm/?utm_content=bufferc58ec&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Here are two of my favorite items from the list:
11) Not giving ourselves what we need.
For most women, we come last. We meet the needs of everyone else and if we have anything left over we guiltily share it with ourselves. Not such a great equation.
Sigh. The biggest and most challenging disconnection we battle. It feeds many of the other things listed here. It is soul sucking, anxiety inducing, and the quickest way to live a life half-assed.
5. JK Rowling:
If you know me AT ALL, you know that I love JK Rowling. Since today is her 50th (and Harry Potter’s 35th) birthday, here is a great list reminding us all of the awesomeness that is JK Rowling. http://www.ew.com/article/2015/07/31/50-things-we-love-about-jk-rowling
My favorite facts (besides writing Harry Potter, of course) include the following:
1) She does not suffer bullies.
4) She gives huge donations to charity (so much that it knocked her off Forbes’ billionaires list).
Well, that’s it for this week. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!