Emma Watson’s speech on gender equality at the UN may have sparked a seriously bizarre marketing stunt/prank on 4Chan/stupid hoax, but it also educated countless young people and did a massive amount of good. One of those young people, 15-year-old Ed Holtom, loved her speech so much that he wrote into UK’s Telegraph to express his support. In his letter, he worries that some of the other boys at his school have a more hostile view towards feminism, and he makes a call to action for other young people to reject gender stereotypes. Holtom told BuzzFeed, “I was inspired by Emma Watson’s speech, but also by Beyoncé’s philosophy of female empowerment. I didn’t expect anyone to take an interest in it, but I’m so glad people agree with me!” Is this kid awesome or what? The letter that appears in the Telegraph was shortened a bit, but he provided BuzzFeed with the full version, which you can read after the jump!
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On Saturday, Emma Watson delivered a stirring speech to the United Nations about gender inequality, addressing the stereotypes that impact and limit the rights of both men and women (while wearing a totally on point dress, I must mention). She is the UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, and a special event was held this weekend to celebrate the launch of HeForShe, a gender equality movement. Emma has such a delicate, soft voice, and I think that’s what makes her so commanding in her own way. She compels people to lean forward in their seats and listen hard — and what she had to say was so very worth it. [The Gloss; Mashable]
Women gain intelligence faster than men as society improves, potentially because of a need to learn more quickly in order to combat discrimination, according to a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Researchers behind the study argue that in fighting extra hard to succeed in a world traditionally dominated by men, women have had to develop the ability to learn more quickly. Because women spent centuries receiving less cognitive nurturing than men, they may simply be catching up as the world becomes a more equal place. I guess this is a compliment …? Keep reading »
Could it be that plain old mental habit is the reason for gender inequality at work? According to consultant and former businesswoman Caroline Turner, that’s pretty much what it comes down to. In a blog post for the Huffington Post, Turner said that the biggest reason women aren’t proportionately represented in business leadership positions is a set of “mind-sets,” or unconscious ways of viewing the world. The most powerful and deep-rooted of these mind-sets, it seems, is the “double bind,” or the idea that if a woman channels her more feminine energies, she’ll be liked by her coworkers but not seen as a leader. On the other hand, if she allows her masculine energies to lead the way, she’s likely to be judged and disliked. What I take this to mean is that the biggest obstacle we’re up against in the workplace is essentially subconscious stereotyping. Keep reading »
A group of angry wackos are petitioning the United States government to classify feminism as a terrorist group. Yes, you can read that again.
The Change.org petition’s creator, Janet Wilkinson, included the following statement on its homepage (complete with Wilkinson’s typos left in for, ahem, clarity): Keep reading »
The rates of employment for women in film production are below what they were over a decade ago. Each year, the Center for the Study of Women In Television & Film at San Diego State University conducts a “Celluloid Ceiling” survey of who was employed behind the scenes in the year’s top-grossing 250 domestic films. The 2013 results found that among the films studied, 2,938 people were employed. Only 16 percent of those employees were women. This statistic is down 2 percent from the previous year, and down 1 percent from 1998′s employment levels. Yes, fewer women are employed in film production than in 1998. In the time it took for crop tops to go completely out of style and come all the way back around to trendy again, the film industry has not gotten any closer to gender equality. In fact, it’s actually gotten worse. Keep reading »