Feminism | Posted by Danika K on 04/29/2016
Why The Gender Gap In STEM Fields Still Exists
We need more women in STEM.
Women make up roughly 50 percent of the U.S. workforce, yet comprise only about 25 percent of American STEM workers — numbers that have even stagnated in recent years. Although some might claim this under-representation is due to a lack of academic accomplishment, women actually earn 41 percent of all STEM PhD degrees. So where’s the disconnect?
The real problem seems to be what happens after graduation: Women don’t always choose to go into, or stay in, STEM careers. Women are statistically more likely than men to leave a career in science, technology, engineering, or math within one year of employment — nearly half of all women leave their STEM careers within months of starting, according to one study. As a result, …
Feminism | Posted by Mai D on 04/27/2016
The Truth About Having “Bad” Hair
One brand of hair relaxer.
I am a young Senegalese woman with “kinky” hair — specifically, type 4A/4B according to Andre Walker’s hair chart — and I have heard every comment in the book about it. Since preschool I have been told I have “bad hair” by everyone from Dominican hair stylists to my African family members who have constantly begged me to relax it in order to look “proper” and “decent.” No matter the specific critique, my hair has always been deemed wrong by others.
My older, female cousins were the first to influence my hair. I grew up with three older brothers and my mother usually kept my hair braided so neither of us had to think too much about it. At the ripe age of eight, however, …
Feminism | Posted by David G on 04/13/2016
North Carolina and Mississippi Passed Discriminatory Bills, But I Refuse To Remain Silent
We refuse to remain silent.
North Carolina and Mississippi recently made headlines for signing two anti-LGBT+ bills into law. News outlets, prominent organizations and officials around the nation roundly decried these measures as discriminatory, as these bills — though they were framed as “religious freedom” bills — have the potential to drastically alter the treatment of LGBT+ individuals in the workplace, businesses, and courts.
North Carolina’s law, known as HB2, was passed after legislation that protected and expanded LGBT+ rights and was explicitly designed to disable cities from passing laws counteracting HB2 was passed in the city of Charlotte.
“In a single day, the governor and legislature of North Carolina unveiled, deliberated, passed, and signed into law a bill that activists have described as the most extreme anti-LGBT measure …
Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 03/30/2016
What Volunteering In The South Taught Me About My Own Prejudice
Not all Southerners perpetuate a legacy of racism.
This year I decided to participate in a spring break program called the Collegiate Challenge, which offered students the opportunity to partner with our university’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity and spend a week building houses for low income families. This year’s build site was Lake Sumpter, Florida — a small town in central Florida, about two hours outside of Orlando. Although I had been to Miami once before, this was my first experience in a more rural, southern environment and, to be honest, I went into the trip with a lot of assumptions and prejudices.
Before I traveled to the state, I knew that Donald Trump had won the Florida primaries and that the governor of Florida had endorsed him. …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Gabby C on 03/25/2016
We Need To Address The Music Industry’s Gender Gap
Female musicians rock.
“I’m tired of men who aren’t professional or even accomplished musicians continually offering to ‘help me out’ (without being asked), as if I did this by accident and I’m gonna flounder without them,” the Canadian singer Grimes wrote in a now-infamous tumblr post about sexism she has experienced. “I have the best job in the world but I’m done with being passive about any kind of status quo that allows anyone to suffer or to be disrespected.”
Though Grimes wrote this in 2013, it seems little has changed. Although Lana Del Rey made the cover of the issue featuring the list, of the 127 artists featured on last year’s Billboard Power 100 List, only 15 were female. Less than 5% of established producers in the world are …
Feminism | Posted by Tessa S on 10/28/2015
The Truth About Gender Discrimination In School
Gender discrimination persists in high school.
I have seen evidence of gender-based discrimination in school since I was in fourth grade. I saw my teachers favor boys over girls and was constantly given less attention than my male classmates. I was told this was because I was “smart,” wasn’t a trouble maker, and yes, because I was a girl. My fourth grade teacher never helped me with my homework because he was too busy handling four disruptive boys in my class. All of these things taught me that boys deserved more attention than girls in class. It even ended up significantly impacting my education: I soon fell behind in a few subjects because teachers were always to busy to help me and assumed I was grasping them because I wasn’t …
Feminism | Posted by Danika K on 10/21/2015
What Other Industries Can Learn From Hollywood About Fighting Workplace Inequality
The phrase “sexism is prevalent in Hollywood” feels a little bit like saying “water is wet.” Headlines abound about this unfortunate reality and industry insiders themselves are speaking out more than ever before. In fact, their outspokenness may be making all the difference.
Take, for example, one of the most lauded stars of our time: Meryl Streep. The legend has long been an advocate for women in her industry and continued this legacy while promoting her new film Suffragette. Streep recently pointed out the barriers female filmmakers face at the Telluride Film Festival. “They do exist, they graduate [from top film schools], they’re good — and then they don’t get hired,” she said.
Actress Anne Hathaway, who is now 32, has spoken out about the sexism actresses face, …
Feminism | Posted by Roberta Nin Feliz on 09/11/2015
Why We Can’t Simply Ban Microaggressions On Campuses
“Where are you really from?”
“What are you?”
“You don’t look Latina.”
“Microaggressions” are “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color,” according to Buzzfeed. Though they have certainly persisted for some time, it seems there is a more recent, growing movement to push back on this phenomenon: Many colleges and universities specifically have been working towards addressing and eradicating them.
But considering that microaggresions aren’t isolated actions but a form of racism, banning them may be ineffective. As one study published by the Teachers College at Columbia University found, racism is “more likely than ever to be disguised and covert” and has evolved from the “old fashioned form” …