All posts tagged: Gender Equality

Ditching the “Sorry” When it Comes to Getting Paid

(Graphic: Helen Jane Hearn/TueNight.com) In the board game “Sorry,” two players cannot occupy the same space at the same time. You roll the dice, and if you land on a space where another player is already standing, they’re knocked back to where they started. Their progress is lost, and you’re left apologizing. “Sorry!” you say — with or without sincerity. Sorry, because I took up space that someone was using. Sorry, because I went and put myself out there, rolled the dice, and got somewhere. Sorry, I got in another person’s way. This game made perfect sense to me as a girl, because I was taught to move through the world in pretty much that same way. It was impolite to take up space, even metaphorically, because somebody else might need it. “I’m sorry,” was the all-purpose reply if I drew too much attention, made too much noise or did anything that might possibly annoy anyone. You’re not greedy if you want to be paid well. And you’re not stealing from the women next to …

Why Equality is Critical: A Chat with Pax CEO Joe Keefe

“Trading on Diversity” panel on Oct. 28, 2014. Joe Keefe, center and Lauren Young far right. (Photo: Thomson Reuters) I have said repeatedly — and publicly — that Joe Keefe is the perfect white male. And here’s why: As president and CEO of Pax World Funds, Joe Keefe is leading a movement to promote women in the workplace. Earlier this year, he teamed up with Sallie Krawcheck, a former Citigroup and Bank of America executive and one of the highest-ranking women in the history of Wall Street, to create the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund. It tracks companies with the highest rating for advancing women’s leadership. Companies in the portfolio include Avon Products, where five of the beauty company’s 13 executives are women, including CEO Sheri McCoy and CFO Kimberly A. Ross. Another holding is consumer products giant Procter & Gamble, where women comprised 43.6 percent of management positions globally last year. Keefe has dedicated his career to social change. He has served in politics and worked at several socially responsible investment firms. He recently spoke on a …

Margit’s Note: One From the Guys

Attending an all-girls grade school will mess you up a little. You’ll think you can do anything you want as a girl. Leaders become leaders and followers become followers, gender notwithstanding. (It also meant that we swore like sailors, and a few of my classmates liked to chew tobacco. Go figure.) I grew up thinking I could do anything guys could do and never put too much thought to women’s rights. I never took a gender studies class — it seemed weird to me at the time. I don’t recall any kind of women’s movement on campus (attending a big state school was actually an effort to integrate more with men!). I spent more time working at the mostly male-staffed college radio station, and eventually worked in a field, music journalism, dominated by dudes. Did I ever think I couldn’t do it? Not once. I just did stuff because I was lucky enough to have the resources, family support and confidence to do it. But did I ever feel like the uninvited girl at the …

Margit’s Note: Flick on the Switch

We turn on the light and we don’t think much about it. Behind that switch plate are wires that run through the wall, out to the street, on to a power plant where the power is generated. There’s a source, but we never really see it. That is until things go dark, the power shuts down and we’re fumbling around for flashlights. Where does this little switch go anyway? We often think about power as the switch, winning an election, making SVP. But there’s a complex network feeding that power, a network of knowledge, access, money, strength. A light goes off, we’re caught off guard and we realize we need to investigate — and challenge — the mechanisms that prevent us from power. That’s Feminism. Challenging and confronting a powerful network that keeps us from making more than 71 percent of what men make, feeling safe and secure when we walk out the door, or even playing baseball. Hey, Mo’ne. Because if you’re the best player out there, you should be on the team. This week we’re feeling the …