Prevalent messages in our society say that business and life don’t mix. And this separation between vocation and voice is a separation between our masculine and feminine selves. It’s an unfortunate reality, as it relegates feminine principles to the background and labels them as detrimental to sound business practices. So how do we reclaim entrepreneurship?
Due to anti-transgender bias, trans* people disproportionately face challenges with physical safety, employment, housing, and more. To address such obstacles, Dr. Kortney Ziegler founded Trans*H4CK, which brings together trans* people to develop their own tech-based solutions. In this podcast, Kortney and Sandra discuss the role of Trans*H4CK in the lives of trans* people and the trans* movement.
I was one of those kids that was always so worried about getting through college that I never gave much thought to what would happen after college. Before I knew it, graduation was around the corner and then, all of a sudden I was on my own thinking “Now what?” But you don’t have to punish yourself for being unemployed. Get out there and relish the break.
Burn-out happens when you give more energy and compassion than you receive, and as a result, you lose sight of the light of hope at the end of the tunnel. For activists and people working in human service professions in particular, where we never get a respite from dealing with people face-to-face, burn-out feels inevitable. But it really doesn’t have to be.
Whether we like it or not, as teachers, our students are listening. They’re watching. They’re learning how to navigate and interpret the world – from you. So if you’re a feminist and you want some ideas on how create a more feminist classroom (without, you know, wearing your “Clitoris is Not a Dirty Word” t-shirt on dress down day), here are five efforts that you can endeavor.
I believe strongly in the idea that women need to lift one another up; it’s a basic tenet of my feminism. And because one system that tends to give us a lot of trouble is the workplace and our attempts at career advancement, when young feminists write to find out my supposed secrets to success, I’m all for it. So you want a feminist job? Here are some things to keep in mind.
Most of us have had a shitty job or two. But how many of us have had to support ourselves fully – let alone support a family – on a job like this? There are a lot of people out there who have to do just that. They earn the minimum wage at a thankless job that is their only form of income. And that income is extremely low. Simply put, the minimum wage is too low and has been that way for too long.
Simply being a woman in a field that has historically been a “boy’s club” provides a unique challenge. In this episode, feminist blogger (and Civil Engineer!) Patricia Valoy joins Sandra Kim in a discussion of this challenge. Patricia will explain the potential roadblocks women may encounter, and will offer guidance based on her own experience with these issues.
Negative attitudes toward women make it difficult for us to break into male-dominated fields, and sometimes our fear of living up to gender stereotypes makes it difficult to see ourselves being successful where it seems like we don’t belong. Breaking into a male-dominated field is not impossible; staying in it is the real challenge.
Nobody wants to be a quitter. It’s a concept ingrained into the fabric of our social being. But what if my work environment is making me irritable, anxious, and unhealthy? Is it “wrong” to quit then? In some contexts, quitting is actually the best option. Leaving can be the end of something, sure. But it can also be the beginning of something else.