by: Gloria Feldt
A successful man said to a young woman I know, “Men have responsibilities; women have choices.” Yes, this happened in 2017. She was stunned. I wasn’t. That bias remains, despite the number of studies done across disciplines disproving the premise that men work as breadwinners, women for something less noble. It’s time to change the story.
by: Gloria Feldt
When I was a small child, my daddy used to tell me, “She who asks, gets.” Yes, he used the female pronoun — very advanced for a man in the 1940s. But to be fair, Wonder Woman is my age, so a few outlier feminist stirrings were already in the air. Still, the prevailing culture told me something quite different: be small, be quiet, be beautiful to the male gaze, and never, ever, be smarter or stronger than the boys.
Think about the number of female teachers you had growing up. Then think about the number of women in your school’s administration and on your school board. Sadly, these numbers are not proportionate. Women dominate the education service workforce, which was made up of 68.6 percent women in 2010. However, in 2011, women only occupied 27 percent of president positions in all higher education institutions.
Take The Lead Drives Change presents its first white paper designed to inform on important women’s leadership issues and provoke conversation around the work yet to be done for women to reach leadership parity by 2025.
The paper, researched and written in collaboration with Fem-Inc is entitled Leadership Fictions: Gender, Leadership and the Media. It offers an in-depth analysis of popular media’s impact on perceptions of gender and media, as well as how those perceptions affect both women’s actions and the behavior of others toward women in or aspiring to leadership roles.
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