I've been invited to yet another "women in tech" event where the keynote is not a woman in tech but a generic self-help/motivational speaker. These types of speakers tell their largely female audiences how to "Boost your confidence!" "Take risks!" "Speak up!" One I saw at a similar event even encouraged us to "Learn about sports, … Continue reading The training all women in tech really need
Is "guys" gender neutral? Some say yes and use guys to refer to groups of men and women. Others say guys is sexist, which is why I made a list of 40 gender neutral alternatives to saying "you guys." One word I did not consider when making that list was "ladies," but why shouldn't I? If "guys" … Continue reading Is the word “ladies” gender neutral?
At the Cannes Film Festival, Jessica Chastain spoke out about the need for more female storytellers. She said watching the portrayals of women in films at the festival was "disturbing." You can see her full remarks in this video (as tweeted by director, writer, and producer Ava DuVernay). Say that, @jes_chastain. pic.twitter.com/H7QHnEE5JA — Ava DuVernay … Continue reading 40 women whose stories should be told more often
Is "you guys" a gender-neutral term? I must admit that I have a habit of using it as such. I grew up with The Electric Company and then The Goonies, which both proudly used the phrase, "Hey, you guys!!!!" I didn't think much about if for a long time, but is it offensive and exclusionary … Continue reading 40 gender-neutral alternatives to saying “you guys”
Last month I wrote about how few women playwrights have won Pulitzer Prizes, but still, when I saw pictures of Lynn Nottage and Paula Vogel on the front of the A&E section of my Sunday New York Times I was shocked as to why. Nottage and Vogel, two of the people on that very short list … Continue reading More on the “plight” of women playwrights