Bullish columns appear monthly on The Daily Muse. Additional articles from Jennifer are also appearing on DailyWorth, Medium, and here on GetBullish.
Let’s say you’re a feminist.
And you don’t exactly work in a feminist workplace.
Maybe you see some shit happening that shouldn’t be happening.
What do you do?
(Note: because non-intersectional feminism is no feminism at all, this article will talk about what individuals can do to combat sexism, racism, and all forms of discrimination.)
This post—the minutes from a Feminists at Work salon—contains some suggestions about calling out sexism, as well as about the self-care you may need to persevere in a hostile workplace.
But this post by C.V. Harquail on Authentic Organizations highlights some of the problems with explicitly talking about issues of concern to feminists:
Any time I bring this up as a woman’s issue, it gets marginalized and put in a corner because women are a “special case.”
Any time I bring this up as a women’s concern, people disregard it and tell me that this isn’t a business issue.
We don’t want that.
You can’t be effective as a feminist if people around you consider feminism to be some kind of quirky special interest you have, one basically irrelevant to business—as in, you’re into feminism and your co-worker is into bluegrass, and those two things are of equal importance.
Read Jen’s suggestions on The Muse.
Empowered women empower women and also meet in the dead of night to sharpen the wooden stakes they will stab into the heart of the patriarchy
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