Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Supplemental Post #6: Gender Inequality in...Everything

I came across an article the other day talking about PayPal's new initiative to promote "Gender Equality and Inclusion in the Workplace," and i thought, wow this is great, companies beginning to make changes in the workplace concerning gender inequality. Then I kept reading, and here's the kicker, the panel was an all male panel and the initiative was meant to get the company's "male allies" to work on inclusion in the workplace. Upon reading that, I immediately thought of a scene from one of my favorite TV shows, Parks and Recreation, in an episode where the city's Commission on Gender Equality is all male...

The episode was supposed to be a parody of how gender equality is never actually taken seriously which is why it is slightly disturbing that the EXACT same thing actually happened in a real company. In my opinion, this show does a great job of discussing important issues in society with a comedic twist. Additionally, this issue in particular, is one that leading actor, Amy Poehler, is playing a very active role in combating. Poehler's #SmartGirlsAsk campaign is aimed at showing women that they have a voice, especially in Hollywood where women on the red carpet are often asked questions limited to what they are wearing. The campaign encourages woman to speak up and challenge an industry where the wage gap is such a big problem and to not be afraid to shut down sexist commentators.

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