Monday, February 23, 2015

Subtle Sexism

Subtle Sexism exists all around us.

It is often these seemingly minor slights that can have the biggest impact. When a man and woman are on a committee together, coteaching a class, or presenting a project to the boss.  

If a man never reiterates what the woman says - He does not reference her in his comments - He turns his body away from her rather than bladed somewhat toward her during his conversation - He corrects her or interrupts her - Rolls his eyes or makes faces while she is talking

These are all indicators of disdain, disrespect, and disregard

Others present WILL pick up on these subtleties & they will transfer to them. They too will unconsciously disregard the female or her ideas or not respect her as highly as the male. 
If you are a male and wish to not subtlety undermine your female counterpart in a meeting, training class, etc. then do the following:

  • Refer to her by name
  • Gesture toward her when speaking positively about something
  • Include her in the discussion or conversation
  • Openly credit her for her work or contribution
  • If you have something to change in what she is saying or instructing then talk to her about it and give her the opportunity to amend the comment or further clarify it rather than you speaking for her or even worse, against her. 

Undermining a female coworker in a public setting can be a devastating set back that the two individuals may never be able to recover from. 

Build People Up! 

                               Don't Tear them Down, even unconsciously!

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Vote that Could be heard around the World!

Women have endured persecution and overcome great challenges to be able to vote. 
Around the World, Women have been given the Vote at different milestones throughout History. 
  • 1893 New Zealand
  • 1902 Australia
  • 1906 Finland
  • 1913 Norway
  • 1915 Denmark
  • 1917 Canada
  • 1918 Austria, Germany, Poland, Russia
  • 1919 Netherlands
  • 1920 United States (19th U.S. Constitutional Amendment)
  • 1921 Sweden
  • 1928 Britain, Ireland
  • 1931 Spain
  • 1934 Turkey
  • 1944 France
  • 1945 Italy, Bosnia, Indonesia, Senegal
  • 1947 Argentina, Japan, Mexico, Pakistan
  • 1949 China, Syria
  • 1950 India
  • 1954 Colombia
  • 1956 Comoros, Egypt, Mali, Mauritania, Somalia
  • 1957 Malaysia, Zimbabwe
  • 1962 Algeria
  • 1963 Iran, Morocco
  • 1964 Libya, Sudan
  • 1967 Ecuador
  • 1971 Switzerland
  • 1972 Bangladesh
  • 1974 Jordan
  • 1976 Portugal
  • 1984 Liechtenstein
  • 1989 Namibia
  • 1990 Western Samoa
  • 1993 Kazakhstan, Moldova
  • 1994 South Africa, Oman
  • 2005 Kuwait
  • 2006 United Arab Emirates
  • 2015 Saudi Arabia Source
Countries that are ruled by Dictators, such as Brunei and United Arab Emirates, have limited voting rights for both men and women. Only 2 Countries that use an electoral system in government, currently do not allow women to vote:

❖Saudi Arabia ~ A resolution passed in 2011, Women are set to vote in the 2015 elections.
Vatican City ~ The smallest country in the World with almost 800 inhabitants. The Pope is elected by the College of Cardinals. Women cannot be cardinals, therefore cannot vote.

Interesting Note: Liechtenstein was the last country in Europe to grant women's voting rights in 1984.
Exercise your Rights, Women worked hard to get them for you!

updated 2/28/15

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Don't Be a Fool

☞ How did the tradition of April Fools Day originate?!

The origin is not exactly known. The most common theory according to the Discovery Channel, is it started when Europe moved from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian Calendar in 1592. In the Julian Calendar, April 1st marked the New Year. Individuals that continued to celebrate the New Year in the Spring were labeled April Fools and were subjected to pranks and mockery by those who adopted the Gregorian New Year of January 1st.

Even prior to this, various cultures had days or holidays that were dedicated to fun, amusement and humorous acts such as the Roman Holiday of Hilaria. This too was a celebration of the New Year after the Vernal Equinox. 

Whatever the origin, have fun with the jokes and pranks ~ this day should never be used to humiliate or hurt anyone. We never want to truly hamper the spirit or soul of another person

❑❍❒Let's keep it Fun❑❍❒