BY Andrea Stopa
on Apr 16, 2014
If you have not already seen the World Toughest Job vid floating around your news feed, take a look before you read on. It's pretty damn sweet.
This video is not only a clear reminder of the undeniable love and dedication required to be a parent and mother, but it is also a lesson about women's work. Labor has historically been divided along gender lines in families; women are in charge of the the home, and men handle outside work. Of course, ... Read More
Trigger Warning: slightly graphic imagery
For the artist Eliza Bennett, her flesh is her medium; in embroidering her palm with thick threads, she hopes to explore the ways in which we view gender roles. Her hand, swollen and bruised by her own careful work, is titled “A Woman’s Work Is Never Done,” and her gruesomely precise handiwork serves to remind the viewer of the strife of women laborers, many of whom are paid far less than their male ... Read More
“I don’t believe you should be working at a company where you’re going to be beating your head against a wall,” says Betty Spence of the National Association for Female Executives of the subpar hiring and promoting of women executives in most major companies, ”When you’ve got so many other things to deal with in your life, why should you have to deal with Neanderthals?” Despite all the talented businesswomen in our ... Read More
For anyone out there who thinks feminism is no longer a necessary cause— I’m talking to you, person who called it a “vanity project”— let’s look at some of the unfortunate consequences of gender-based discrimination, made available by an enlightening Tumblr account titled 100 Percent Men. Dedicated to raising awareness and calling out institutional “boys clubs,” 100 Percent Men features photo submissions of ... Read More
For his touching series “One Day My Child You Will Be,” the famed photographer Malo reminds viewers of the attainability of childhood dreams. The work comprises a group of images in which his then 3-month-old daughter dresses for various careers and lifestyles. In a total breakdown of the gendered ways in which infants might be portrayed in the photos above the mantel, she becomes a superhero, a doctor, a ballerina, and even the first female ... Read More
On December 26th, eight brave young women photographed themselves as they mailed letters of complaint against companies that discriminated against women in the hiring process to governmental human resources organizations. Targeting companies based in Henan and Yunnan Provinces and cities like Beijing, Guangzhou, and Nanjing, the female activists hope to change the work environment that awaits them after college. Since the 1970s, the wage gape between ... Read More
Popcorn Venus, 2012. Joyce II.
When you think of women photographers who work in self-portraiture, you probably think of Cindy Sherman. The artist has made a career of transforming herself into everything from a bleached blonde spray-tanned socialite to Mae West. Her impressive body of work is such that she appears to be everywhere, capable of metamorphosing into anyone she chooses.
It’s almost impossible to work in self portraiture without ... Read More
In response to a portrait of Cpl. Kristine Tejada featured alongside an Army magazine article, Col. Lynette Arnhart has launched complaints about the use of a conventionally attractive woman in military press materials. In what she believed to be a defense of women in the military, she wrote her peers about the issue: “Such photos undermine the rest of the message (and may even make people ask if breaking a nail is considered hazardous duty.)” ... Read More
Stuart Varney, a host on Fox Business, thinks the absence of women in boardrooms has more to do with our hysterical, uterine-controlled brains than with discrimination. In discussion with Scottie Hughes of the Tea Party News Network, the host asked if companies should feel pressure to hire more women. His answer is no, and he goes on to defend sexism in technology with this embarrassing question: “Is there something about the female brain that is a ... Read More
While searching for a temp job, the artist Coco Layne shaved the sides of her head. Soon after, she got an interview with a conservative clothing company. She wore a wig to conceal her unusual hairstyle. To fit in at work, she parted her hair in a more “feminine” way, covering the shaved areas of her head; she wore makeup.
She documented the transition in her gender presentation on film. In the series, called Warpaint, she hopes to ... Read More