While Human Resources departments are supposed to address sexual harassment at work, they sometimes don’t do enough. Consequently, it’s not always a helpful resource for those who need support. Read this article for tips on using direct communication to interrupt this sort of microaggression when it’s happening to you in the workplace.
The average woman in the US is still paid considerably less than the average man. This we know. But the reasons for the wage gap are, apparently, still up for debate. Plenty of people will try to argue that the reason is not actually sexism — that the real reason is that they don’t ask for raises. This comic by Lefty Cartoons puts this distraction to rest.
With inaccurate media representations and the cultural stigma, there are a lot of misconceptions about people in the sex industry. We too often fail to see the complexity and diversity in who is engaged in commercial sex, why they’re doing it, and the degree of consent and coercion involved. These myths keep us from seeing this issue for what it really is. So let’s debunk them.
They say that knowledge is power. So in order to begin to reclaim power over a problem, we must first understand it. And the problem of sexual harassment in the workplace is a pervasive problem that we definitely need to eradicate. This infographic provides the first important tools to addressing this serious issue. Find out who gets harassed, who harasses, and more.
Any exclusion can be painful and dangerous for LGBTQIA+ folks, but to be excluded in the workplace is especially damaging. As the boss, it’s your responsibility to make sure that this place where your employees spend so much of their time is a nontoxic environment — especially for those in the LGBTQIA+ community. Here are some practical tips on how to do this.
Professionalism is a funny term. It masquerades as neutral, despite being loaded with immense oppression. For years, professionalism has been my enemy because it requires that my gender identity is constantly and unrepentantly erased. But I finally realized something: As transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming people, we deserve better.
It’s easy to ignore problems that don’t directly affect us. So if you’ve never experienced sexual harassment at work, you may not realize how pervasive it is. Get the facts about how common sexual harassment in the workplace is, who is most often targeted, and how often the harassment gets reported with this handy infographic from Visual.ly.
Labor unions are a feminist issue: It doesn’t get more feminist than battling the gender and race wage gaps, advocating for paid parental leave, and empowering lower-income workers. Check out this cartoon by Barry Deutsch, which perfectly demonstrates how arguments against labor unions don’t stand a chance in feminist discourse.
Women, and particularly women of color, find themselves between a rock and a hard place when it comes to getting paid. The wage gap plays a detrimental role in women’s lives as they are systemically cheated out of money they should be receiving. But there are ways to ask for what you deserve and leave your boss wondering why they waited so long to give it to you!
The work being done at feminist nonprofits and other organizations working for social change is necessary work; it can be very satisfying work as well. Unfortunately, as many idealistic activists have found, too many of these organizations have dysfunctional or toxic work environments. So what can you do if you’re working in a toxic social justice organization?