We are now in the mostly forgotten and dissipated energetic wake of #internationawomensday, with its theme of #choosetochallenge. OK, why not. For one year I will challenge some gender-biased dreck that I’d normally ignore.
I thought I picked something small. Worse dreck events happened in March 2021, things that really hurt my women-owned engineering consulting business, but I figured I’d start easy with this absolute gem of a man in “customer service” at a Canadian company that rhymes with JERX. They are a middleman of sorts, between buyers and sellers.
On the phone, JERX dude does not like my tone…
International Women’s Day on March 8, 2021, with the theme of Choose to Challenge, encouraged us to call out gender bias and inequality. Social media displayed confidently-posed women in boss lady suits, earnest male homages to female colleagues and mentors, inspiring videos of enthusiastic young women pledging, with raised hand, to #ChooseToChallenge.
Looking a little deeper, past the photos of women on social media with #ChooseToChallenge selfie cards, what does choosing to challenge gender bias and inequality look like?
• One engineering firm committed to increasing the proportion of women employees.
• One nice lady pointed out that…