In this last episode of the season, I explore the concept of gender gurus – people of another gender who can shed light and share their experiences on how they view issues affecting gender equality. The idea of gender gurus is new to me and came from an article by Leah Fessler about Josh Felser, founder and partner at Freestyle VC. I think it’s genius, because we’re all experts in our own experiences and if we share those experiences with someone else, we expand our collective knowledge base. I think this has the potential to move us towards gender equality faster and in a way that works for all of us.
Your winter challenge: find a gender guru and have regular conversations about your experiences or gender topics of interest. If you connect with a gender guru, let me know at @UnravelingPink!
I dedicate this episode to my dad, who has been my lifelong gender guru.
With the recent public discourse around “boys being boys” and the associated impact on women, I spent some time looking at how our world and communities are designed. What I found (which won’t surprise most women) is that most aspects of the world we encounter are not designed with women in mind — likely because they are often designed without the input of women. This episode dives a bit into how our communities, tech, and other aspects of our lives are designed, and sheds some light on how those designs impact women. It’s clear that we could use some re-designing, and that includes some social redesigning to move away from the harmful societal expectation that “boys will be boys.”
Resources in this episode:
- Jennie Hill, 10/22/2017 “Walking, dressing and being on a planet designed for men”
- 3/2/2004 Volvo: “Your Concept Car – by women for modern people”
- Kat Ely “The World is Designed for Men” (Medium article)
- Justin Davidson, 3/2018 “What Would A World Designed By Women Look Like?“
- Ankita Rao, 5/15/2017, “Sexism in the City”
- Alexander Starritt, 2016, “Women And Men Use Cities Very Differently“
- Ellie Dori, “Designed with Men in Mind”
- Soraya Chemaly, 3/16/2016 “The problem with a technology revolution designed primarily for men”
- Kate Brodok, 8/4/2017, “Why We Desperately Need Women To Design“
- Larry Hardesty, 2/11/2018 “Study finds gender and skin-type bias in commercial artificial-intelligence systems”
- Stance Grounded (@_SJPeace_) video
What could be more unique to each of us than our voices? Yet, many of us get criticized for how we sound. In the business world, it is often women whose voices are criticized, forcing women who want to be taken seriously to adjust their voices – those peculiarly unique to them – to be more masculine. This episode explores voices, criticism of voices, and some of the biology that impacts how we sound. Listen in…
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Should you have women on your corporate board? Studies and a current bill winding its way through California’s legislative process say yes. This episode explores some of the complaints raised about putting women on a board and shares resources for where to find female board members (once you’re convinced it’s a good idea … or required by law to do it) and where women interested in board service can get plugged in. Spoiler: all the good ones are NOT taken.
Resources mentioned in episode:
Want More Women On Boards? This Stat Helps
Companies With More Women Board Directors Experience Higher Financial PerformanceWhy Diversity Matters: Women On Boards of DirectorsCalifornia Is Considering Setting Quotas For Women On Boards