Read the article to unfold the incredible story of what happened on International Women’s Day on Linda Grant’s twitter stream. It is 2012, for goodness sakes! The women who fought for and won Women’s Rights should be able to watch their granddaughter’s generation growing up free of this limitation and oppression. (Cue music of the Indigo Girl’s ‘Galileo‘…)
I encountered a great deal of sexism while working in the criminal investigations field in my 20’s. I expected it, being a young woman in a mostly all-boys club made up of mostly older men. But it was an experience I had in Africa in 2003 that had the biggest impact on me. I was talking with a group of men in a shanty town outside of Cape Town, when one of them asked if I had gotten my husband’s permission to travel so far from home. I told the men it had never occured to me to ask for it. They told me I was trouble, I assured them I was simply a grown woman exploring her world.
This is why I fight gender stereotypes and childhood sexualization, because of the sexist (even misogynist) culture it leads to. When our status quo leaves half of the population “less than”, we need to seriously start questioning what it is we believe in, support, and left unchallenged for too long.
Leave a comment and share a recent time you’ve encountered sexism…and does it seem almost ridiculous to you, that in 2012, we and our daughters are still dealing with this??