What’s possible?

admin deforestation, education, elections, feminism, gender, gender norms, gender roles, healthy living, politics, sexual violence

Change starts with noticing what’s happening and then wondering what’s possible.   Think of any “successful” civil rights movement around the world.  Thinking might have started out as a reaction against injustice shifted somewhere along the way to wondering, “what’s next?”  “What’s possible?” The U.S. suffrage movement experimented with different approaches to female suffrage – state by state or a constitutional amendment? Kenyan …

Something in the Water

Something in the Water

Michelle Morkert burnout, education, feminism, gender norms, gender roles, pay equity, second generation, workplace

According the Harvard Business Review, this is how women described gender discrimination in the workplace – it’s like “something in the water.”  It’s rarely overt, but it’s there.  The examples could be considered inconsequential yet nagging.  However, add up those examples (ok, dear?) and one generates a profile of second-generation gender bias. HBR defines second-generation gender bias as ” embedded …

Curiosity killed the cat, but. . .

Michelle Morkert burnout, education, gender, gender roles, healthy living, self-care

“Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back.”  That’s the saying, right?  I’m not sure what to make of the sentiment when we add the rejoinder.  Perhaps it has something to do with the mythical nine lives of cats.  They take risks because they can.  Maybe…  As a human without the benefits of nine lives and an admiration for …

Foot

The Secret to Self-Care

Michelle Morkert burnout, gender norms, gender roles, healthy living, self-care

Yep!  That’s my foot.  And, it’s my daily reminder about brain power and self-care. Popularized definitions of self-care are gendered.  There’s no doubt about it, right?!  U.S. society convinces women (which women?) and men (which men?) to practice self-care through consumption of gendered products and experiences designed to help us overcome burnout.  But, the only person who knows what you …

Warning

Likability, Electability, and Gender Stereotypes. Oh My!

Michelle Morkert elections, gender norms, gender roles

It’s not about whether a female candidate can win the popular vote or even lead the nation. The real challenge is convincing people to vote for a female candidate.  The ideas of likability and electability are steeped in U.S. gender norms.  Data indicate that people do not think negatively about women in leadership positions.  They think negatively about women in …