Mar 29, 2021
Where are we now? Where do we want to be?
Where do we need to be? Women should be able to walk to their cars without fearing for their lives, should not have to spend more on their products, should not have change the way they look to not be discriminated against, and should be taken seriously when discussing sexual violence.
Sheryl Lawrence
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2 min. read

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Where are we now? While we can recognize how far we have come, we must also recognize that we still have so far to go. Women continue to face so many obstacles because of their gender.


Within the workplace:

  • In 2020, women earned 81 cents to a man's dollar.
  • Women have to act differently and change how they look to decrease the amount of sexism they face in the workplace.
  • Unconscious bias affects how many women are hired in the workplace and how they move up throughout the company.

In our personal lives:

  • Women's goods cost more than men's goods -- The Pink Tax. Not only do women's razors and clothes cost more, but women also have to pay for menstrual products and other products that men do not have to buy.
  • Sexual violence is normalized and excused to the extent that the real trauma women go through is disregarded as "boys will boys" or being asked "what were you wearing?" when women mention sexual violence. On the day-to-day, women have to be concerned about being trafficked at the grocery store or in their workplace's parking garage.


Where do we need to be? Women should be able to walk to their cars without fearing for their lives, should not have to spend more on their products, should not have to change the way they look to not be discriminated against, and should be taken seriously when discussing sexual violence.


How should we support women? Intersectional feminism.


What is intersectional feminism?

Intersectional feminism is understanding how women's overlapping identities impact their life and their experiences. These other identities can include but are not limited to race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, etc.


Why does intersectional feminism matter?

White women face barriers due to their gender but have advantages due to their race. However, Black women face barriers due to their gender and race. Transgender women also face discrimination because some argue they are not actually a woman. Women face other barriers that ultimately have nothing to do with their gender, but with other parts of their identity. The main points for feminism include facts like "women only make 78 cents to a man's dollar", but this is only true for white women. Women of color make significantly less depending on their race. If we are only focused on advocating for white women, then is it really feminism?


How is GrasshoppHer helping us get to where we need to be?

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