Category Archives: Women

How Hollywood views Washington Women

This video from Washington Post illustrates how trough the media the role of the women has been stereotyped in different ways. In this case the reflexion is how although some productions of Hollywood or tv series recognize that women can get positions of power in politics, their characters have to face challenges that men don’t, which is the result of the fact that most of these productions are written by men.

As we discussed in class, I think that the media exert a powerful influence on society especially in relation to the perpetuation of gender stereotypes and that is why I believe that even more laws are being created to advocate for women’s rights, while cultural changes do not occur and these are reflected in the media, it is very difficult to eradicate gender inequality.

Double Standards and Double Burdens

This article lays out the ways in which women take on more debt in college and in turn, take an additional 2 years on average to pay off student loan debt. The factors listed include:

  • There is $1.5 trillion worth of student debt in America, women make up two-thirds of that debt
  • Female students take on more debt than males across every level of education
  • Women in college have initial student loan balances that are 14% higher than men’s
  • A study found that 60% of girl-only homes put saving for college as a priority above saving for retirement in comparison to 75% of boy-only homes
  • 35% of girl-only homes had money saved for college compared to 50% of boy-only homes
  • Millenial women were more than 3x more likely to not completely understand their financing choices during the application process
  • Women are 40% less likely to refinance after graduation
  • Last but not least, the fact of the gender pay gap. Research says that women need one more degree in order to make the same as a man. If a man has an associates degree, a woman must earn a bachelors in order to make the same amount

Child marriage in the United States…girls marrying their rapists

Yes, this happens here. We have been discussing women and the law in class.

What questions does this story raise for you regarding women (and girls) and the law? Further, what are the surrounding and background societal environments that impede on the law and its enforcement (or lack thereof)?

Does anyone have a story from anyone you know that bears any similarities to this?

15-Year-Old Girls May Have Married their Rapists

a boy and a girl sitting on a bench: Shane Stracener of Kennett, Mo., was 15 in 2014 when he married his girlfriend, Christy, who was 17 and pregnant. The couple now have 2-year-old Isaac Lee (left) and 3-year-old Faith Renee.

The Motherhood Penalty (My Substantive)


Attached is a link to a research study published in 2007 in the American Journal of Sociology. The study looks at some already established data about the inequities women face in the workplace and seeks to nail down a why.

Previous data has already established that women are statistically paid less than men for the same work. When looking more closely at women, it’s been established that even though single mothers statistically earn more than mothers who are married, a traditional family’s household income is still more than three times higher than a single mother’s. This leads to some questioning about how motherhood is viewed in the workforce and if those views can be identified as a cause of unfair disadvantage.

Often the existence of other variables makes pointing to an exact cause of an outcome very difficult. This research did several tests to isolate the variable of motherhood, to scientifically determine if motherhood was a determining factor in how a woman is treated in the job market. It pointed to all the “maybe”s. Maybe mothers are better or less well suited for particular jobs. Maybe mothers’ performance is different or less consistent because of their divided focus. Maybe mothers are a legitimate threat of absences due to needs in the home. Even if none of these arguments are considered legitimate, as long as variables exist as to why they are being paid less or getting less opportunities, we are unable to point to a direct cause of their unequal treatment and unequal treatment does not necessarily mean unfair treatment.

The first task in the study was to isolate motherhood as the one test variable and control for the other potential variables. This was done with an entirely separate laboratory experiment using undergraduate students. The students were asked to participate in some hiring research for a marketing firm that was seeking to hire new talent, but who wanted the opinion of young people, since young people represented the target audience. This was done so that the students would take the role seriously. The chose marketing as the job position in order to control for the factor of job suitability. If they had chosen a construction job, which is male dominated, then job suitability could have been a factor. Marketing management is a position that is almost equally represented by men and women. It controlled for racial discrimination, by replacing the applicants’ names with ones that were less characterizing of race and then switching back and forth between the two selected names evenly and at appropriate times to make sure that any one name didn’t play into any one outcome. It made the resumes equally qualified and even pre-tested to get a survey of the qualifications of the resumes and determined that they were all equally qualified. The test was careful to operationalize for motherhood as the hypothesized variable, but it was only intended to determine if motherhood could be factored as a legitimate cause of perception and treatment in the workforce. It did. The students, even after saying that each resume was equally qualified, still gave their recommendations to significantly fewer applicants identified as mothers. It was undeniable.

By first isolating motherhood as a determined factor in hiring, they then simply ran an audit of hiring at a few marketing firms, being careful to use the same field again. Applicants were introduced into their pool and the same variables were controlled for, operationalizing motherhood as the only definable variable. The audit of the marketing firms’ callbacks were consistent with the findings of the laboratory experiment and therefore able to be attributed to the same causality for the same outcomes in actual hiring.

To me this was a very important study that allows us to advance the conversation in a way that is scientifically meaningful and is a great example of how social problems are complex, but how social science can help us get past the complexities, on to causes, and then hopefully to some solutions. Now, how do we begin to solve for x?

Jessie Reyez-Gatekeeper

Recently I discovered the song Gatekeeper by Jessie Reyez. My friend immediately gave me the background on the song and I was so inspired. In the song, Jessie tells the story of the night when a “big producer” offered her a deal with the condition that she repay him with sex. With the music and acting industry becoming increasingly exposed, I feel that this song comes at a perfect time. It is hard to understand the impact of the song without listening to it. I have attached a youtube link below. Her song is also accompanied by a short film about the story.

Ivanka Trump trying to cover up president Trump’s misogyny..

I found this article particularly interesting that a woman of high standing to cover up and claim that her own father is a feminist. I found that a little laughable that should could state that even though it is of her father. For the man that claimed “grabbing pussies” was okay; that even though he is one to walk into female dressing rooms, she claims he is for female rights and equality. It is fine even great if Ivanka was actually a feminist and was using her clothing line to show it, but to say that if women avoid it that they aren’t true feminist. As a feminist myself, I fully support her to be an entrepreneur but not if it is to help cover up her father’s very visible misogyny, is disgusting.

“Inspiring Women”: Mattel’s Release of New Barbies

Mattel has announce the release of three new Barbies available for purchase as a part of their series “Inspiring Women.” These new dolls are created to look like Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo, and Katherine Johnson. The anticipated release of these dolls is beneficial because it continues to recognize the accomplishments of women as well as takes more steps towards positive inclusion in popular culture. As we progress as a society, it is important to maintain diversity and support positive inclusion of minority groups within popular culture. What are your thoughts on these dolls? Do you believe that Mattel has taken the appropriate steps into becoming a more inclusive corporation? How can other corporations that contribute to popular culture also become more inclusive?


LINK to article for more information.

Substantial Blog Post #3

In this article by the New York Times, reporter Caitlin Dickerson covers the recent decision by the paper to finally grant obituaries posthumously to 15 prominent feminists and women’s rights figures who previously had been overlooked to received the honor. Included among the honorees are a couple of feminist thinkers who we have studied in class, namely Ida B. Wells.

This expose by the Times features biographies of the women icons as well as an article documenting their accomplishments; In Well’s piece I learned many things about her work that I hadn’t previously known. Wells is most famous for her coverage of lynching and her description of how it acted as a “violent form of subjugation against the negro- keeping him in terror and forever aware of the power held over him.” I was not as aware of her struggles with facing backlash from racists whose deeds were exposed by their reporting. While I had always imagined that the oppressive background of our nation had somehow affected Wells’ work at sometime at her career, I had no idea the extent of harassment and terror she endured while carrying out her duty as a journalist. She faced thousands of death threats and even backlash from her own editors who did not want to offend southern sponsors and donors.

In spite of all this Wells fought passionately against patriarchy and racism her entire life, and while I am glad the Times is finally honoring her, her work for the oppressed cannot be valued enough.


-Jaylen Rodgers

“Bro-Culture” at Google

A company perceived by many as “progressive” is now receiving backlash after neglecting to follow through on sexual harassment complaints made by their female software engineer.  Her complaints include having male coworkers spike her drink with alcohol, shoot her with nerf guns, send her sexually suggestive texts and one having slapped her in the face. This female employee, Loretta Lee, is most disturbed by her encounter with a male employee that she found hiding beneath her desk and whom she believes installed some sort of camera underneath the desk. Her suit accuses Google of continuously ignoring the pattern of sexual harassment and punishing the victim.


Google is facing an additional lawsuit from James Damore, after being fired for a controversial memo about gender: “advancing harmful gender stereotypes”. Damore’s firing created outrage amongst the right with claims that Google discriminates against white male conservatives. Tim Chevalier, Google’s site reliability engineer, in addition, is filing his own lawsuit after being fired for speaking out against the aforementioned memo.


Google’s biggest issue appears to be their inability to address and combat these issues. Loretta Lee’s biggest fears were realized when she finally filed a complaint after being continuously pressured by HR. She became ostracized by her peers and everyone in her group refused to approve her work which ultimately led to her termination.


Large companies such as these need to make a more intentional effort to combat such gender discrimination in the workplace. With the Google workforce already consisting of majority of men and an investigation into the disparity between men and women’s pay, they need to consider some serious changes to their infrastructure and their companies attitude. In order to set an example, a company with such recognition needs to be active in creating an equal workspace and continue to combat people who believe that a company with a technical workforce of 80% men and majority white and Asian (1% African American) are somehow discriminating against white male conservatives.

Changes In Hair

I saw this post while scrolling through Facebook and it made me think about the times that I’ve done anything significant to my hair and also how much truth there was to this picture. I started to look at person blog post about females cutting their hairs or doing anything drastic to their hair like changing hair colors. Most of the bloggers seem to have agreed on one thing, it was all about their emotions. Most of them said that they decided to cut their hair due to a traumatic breakup. They view their changes in hairstyles as not only a change of look but also as a change within themselves. It was the start of a new chapter in their lives where in which they were interested in getting to know the stranger they saw when looking in the mirror. I can admit there have been many times where I have changed my hair color or done what some people would consider a drastic haircut because of my emotions. Although for me the emotions did not come from a breakup but rather from a desperate need to find my cultural identity and turning a new leaf.

what are your thoughts on this?

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