If you are a feminist it is your job to dismantle the stigma around the movement by calling out bad feminists, like TERFs, TWERFs, misinformation, and blatant lies used to invoke fear into women, men, or just plain people.
Focus not only on women, but on men and non binary people as well. Feminism is an equality movement, which means we need to uplift EVERYONE. Not just women.
Feminism isn’t about female superiority. Don’t act like it is and call it out when people act as if women are better than men.
okay i am going to share with you my process, something i have developed over three years of job searching to make the whole nonsense as painless and quick as it can be.
so. first things first: make a google doc. at the very top of the google doc, set up a list of links to job boards, like so, here’s a snippet of my list:
note though that these aren’t just links to idealist, linkedin, whatever - these are links to searches. sites like idealist, linkedin, and charity village let you select options like location, level of experience, and salary range in order to filter job postings. set those filters, run a search, and then copy and paste the URL of that search into your list of job boards. this way, when you click on that link, you will get a list of all the jobs that are relevant to you, updated constantly. it’s quicker than running separate, individual searches every time. i check every board on my list once a day - having the list is a simple way to save time and streamline that whole process.
so, when i open up a job board, i quickly scan it for any positions i’m eligible for.
just by looking at these listings, i can immediately rule out the first one (it’s spam) and the third one (i don’t have any real background in health sciences). but the second job? right up my alley.
i open up the listing in a new tab and scroll right to the qualifications section to see if i’m qualified - no point reading an entire listing only to find out that i’m missing some mandatory criterion, like, idk, speaking spanish, or having a law degree. here’s what that section looks like in the horton’s kids listing:
i have every one of these qualifications, so, great, i can add this to my list.
remember that google doc with the list of job boards at the top? add another section: jobs to apply for. create entries for each listing that look something like this:
the name of the organization is a link to the job ad. i’ve also got the title of the job, the website of the organization, the day the ad was posted, the day i have to apply by, the day i DID apply (which i will fill in once i apply, and bump this to the “jobs i have applied for” section), and then a list of required elements of the application and any relevant details.
the next thing you need to do, and by far the hardest component of applying for jobs, is to write a cover letter. make it a good one. and by this, i don’t mean, “sit down and write out a page-long cover letter for every single job you apply to” - i mean, write a strong cover letter that describes who you are and what your qualifications are, and include a couple of places where you can “personalize” the letter to include details that are specific to the job posting. basically, just write a really good canned cover letter and include three or four sentences that specifically address the job and why you are what they specifically are looking for. if you’re applying for different types of jobs, you can have different types of canned cover letters - for instance, i have separate cover letter templates for communications jobs, administrative jobs, policy jobs, and lgbtq/feminist organization jobs. each one highlights different pieces of my resume that are relevant to those areas, and all i have to do is plug in a few details about the specific posting. but spend time on these canned cover letters. make them good. make them not sound canned.
anyway, once you’ve written your cover letter, send the e-mail, attach the resume, and move the listing to the “jobs i have applied for” section. do this as quickly as possible. like, ideally, the day the posting goes up. never wait for the deadline to submit an application. i like to colour code listings, just for personal convenience - yellow = the deadline hasn’t passed yet, red = rejection, green = you’ve been asked to interview. oh and number your applications.
once you’ve submitted your job application, keep track of any developments in your application like this:
honestly as someone who lives with an anxiety disorder, and for whom job applications are especially stressful, this approach works for me because it’s so systematic. i don’t have to agonize over every single little detail. i can just scan my job boards, make an entry on my list, send a cover letter and resume, and move tf on. and as long as my cover letter is good and i’m attentive about sending applications in as soon as i can, i don’t sacrifice quality.
i hope that helps??? let me know if you want any more tips. <3
As a writer, it’s my job to construct new normals for people. It’s my job to show folks what’s possible. It’s my job to rewrite narratives. Because we can change these narratives, We can choose better ones. We can tear it all down, and build it up again.
“Stop the Devaluation of Feminized Jobs” - Lillian Cuda.
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The amazing tool that women in the White House used to fight gender bias
When President Obama took office, two-thirds of his top aides were men. Women complained of having to elbow their way into important meetings. And when they got in, their voices were sometimes ignored.
So female staffers adopted a meeting strategy they called “amplification”: When a woman made a key point, other women would repeat it, giving credit to its author. This forced the men in the room to recognize the contribution — and denied them the chance to claim the idea as their own.
“We just started doing it, and made a purpose of doing it. It was an everyday thing,” said one former Obama aide who requested anonymity to speak frankly. Obama noticed, she and others said, and began calling more often on women and junior aides.
If feminism is for equality - or even female rights... why feminists disregard opinions of those women that disagree with them? Women who voted for Trump? Women that want to be mothers? Nearly any conservative woman ever, or for that any woman that disagrees with feminist points? Or do you value your opinion more - as a feminist - over other women?
Women are entirely capable of having racist, homophobic, classist, etc ideologies. It’s not the job of feminists to back up these views just because some women happen to have them. It’s not a matter of me valuing my own opinion more, it’s a matter of me valuing the liberation of women and not supporting ideologies that actively harm women, especially those who are most marginalized.
After obligatory flashbacks to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, from which ABC’s new period entertainment/marketing opportunity/sleep aid Agent Carter springs, Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) struts into the top secret offices of the Strategic Scientific Reserve in a royal-blue skirt suit with a bright-red hat cocked at a jaunty…
In which Slate drops the feminism ball so hard that it bounces up and smacks them straight in the face.
What sort of a feminist character would Peggy Carter be if she needed “respect” or “credit” from small-minded, misogynistic male coworkers? That’s like saying men gave women suffrage. Men gave women the right to vote. No, women freaking TOOK that shit and said THIS IS OURS.
Post-WWII was one of the biggest periods of regression in feminism ever. And to expect Peggy Carter to kick the door in and demand proper respect from a room full of men who most likely have hero complexes from being overseas and winning a war, while also most likely having warped notions of the female sex, is just about as unrealistic as romance novels with 18th century heroines who act like 21st century women and get away with it.
What makes Agent Carter heroic is her ability to pick her battles. There’s no use arguing with children. There’s no use playing into their imbecility. And at one point she basically says as much. Yes, every single time, her coworkers walk away all smirkish and smarmy thinking they’ve gotten the upper hand…but the show makes a point of showing that Peggy still wins the day. And it doesn’t matter whether or not the misogynistic characters recognize she’s won.
What matters is that Peggy is able to keep up a balancing act in order to do her job. Because that’s the most important thing for her. Sure, she longs for a time when men and women are equal, a time when she’d be respected and taken seriously. But that time isn’t now. (Even in 2015, there’s a crap load of work to be done.) So instead of actively fighting and basically arguing with a brick wall, she sticks to her sharp wit and incredible skill, silently outsmarting them, and basically getting her job done.
That, to me, is pure feminism. Doing what she has to do to get the job done. Dealing with insults and idiotic comments and assumptions and sexism…and doing her work with more efficiency than the men. Without begging for credit or respect. She’s a woman who’s WORKING.
That is God damn feminism.
A woman who is WORKING, in spite of anti-woman/equality circumstances, in spite of being surrounded by men who try to cut her down at every turn. A woman who is taking her job by the horns and doing whatever needs to be done in order to make her mark on the world, whether some stuffshirt greasy-haired SSR captain acknowledges her or not.
After one shareholder wanted to ask Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat a question, he addressed it to “the lady CFO.” He then proceeded to ask a question to Alphabet SVP of corporate development, David Drummond, to “Mr. Drummond.”
Outrage flooded social media after the incident. Now, in order to stand up against sexism, Google employees have designated Thursday and Friday of this week as “Lady Day.”
The idea sprouted in an email group for alums of a Google leadership-development program for women. As a light-hearted protest and awareness raising solidarity effort, one employee suggested that they should all change their job titles to “Lady ___”.
The Google community has totally embraced the idea. Now, more than 800 Google employees—both men and women—have changed their titles in the company-wide directory or in their email signatures. Some examples include: “Lady Creative Engineer,” and “Lady Partner Technology Manager.”
Meg Mason, a “Lady Partner Operations Manager” for Shopping, said she wanted to do something fun and “Googley” that allowed employees to, “all to stand together, and to show that someone’s gender is entirely irrelevant to how they do their job.”