This episode shines some light on something that happens too often in meetings – often when there is only one woman in the room: an idea she voiced is given credit to someone else in the room, usually a man. This has happened so much, it has a name – “bropropriation.”
This special episode features the sounds and voices of the Women’s March in San Jose, California. Listen in to the energy and issues the men and women interviewed care about.
In this first episode, we hear about a “pink bandana moment” – a gender-based assumption – that had an impact on our host’s life.
In 1983, Annie played on a boys’ basketball team and, rather than getting playing time, she and a fellow female player received gifts from their coach – pink bandanas. For a tomboy amidst a self-imposed decades-long ban on anything pink, this gift was not well received. Instead, our host saw this as a reminder that she was a girl athlete, not just an athlete. The teenage mini-rage eventually subsided, but the desire to reduce the pain of those pink bandana moments did not.