Nasty Women

By: Marissa Specioso

Let me start by asking a question to the female readers, do you feel as if you are treated as equal as the men surrounding you? This question seems to have caused a lot of controversy over the years, and with recent events of the 2016 election, it seems to be a topic of choice among many.

antis1_americanhistory_october2010Over the course of history in the United States, women have been fighting for equal rights as men. The unequal treatment started pre-settlement and continues to present day (Womens Rights). Women have been working on several rights movements since this time, but what is most shocking happened on January 21st 2017. Decades later and women are still fighting for their rights. The Women’s March not only took place in the United States, but all over the world. Women gathered in protest for several purposes, but all seeming to surround the ideal of equal rights (Women’s March).

And of course there are a handful of people out there that were against the march and do not believe in the fight for women’s equal rights. But I ask them this, do you not see what is occurring around the world? or do you just turn you head away from the facts? Daniel Jose Older talks in his article; Diversity Is Not Enough: Race, Power, Publishing, about how people turn a blind eye to racism. His article talks primarily about racism and how it is influencing the literary publishing world, but it goes hand in hand with i’m trying to say…NOT EVERYONE IS TREATED EQUAL.

So what will it take to make you believe? Statistics? Oh great, because I have some. Let’s start with the article that sparked this post. VIDA: An Interview with Erin Belieu talks specifically about women in the literary publishing industry not having equal rights of male writers (VIDA is a non-profit feminist organization). Each year they come out with a count that examines women’s rights in the workforce. Below is one of several charts that VIDA has provided to show the gap between men and women in the industry. Getting the idea now? (VIDA)

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So we have talked about women in the literary industry, but as you can guess, this happens in any industry too. So lets talk about some more statistics. In March of 2016, Forbes put out an article with yet again, more proof, that women do not have the same rights as men. What argument a lot of people make is “They deserve more money because they have jobs that deserve more pay”. And although this statement has some truth to it, this is not what women are fighting for. They are fighting for equal pay for equal work. In the Forbes Article this is exactly what is being proven. Below there is a chart that shows the salary differences between a male and a female, that have the same position/job. Jonathan Webb writes “women are earning less for the same work” (Forbes).

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I could continue to right about these statistics for days, but the bigger idea is not the proof, it is about what needs to be done. After the 2016 election the Women’s March occurred. This was one step in the right direction for equal rights. So what about companies having equal pay? Well rumor has it, that it is starting to occur after several protests. If you haven’t heard the news yet then you may be interested to know, that ‘Big Bang Theory’ male leads have agreed to take a pay cut, so their female leads can get a pay increase (Huffington Post).

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So within the Literary Publishing community, everyone needs to come together to create equality. Community starts with people having similar interests, and from there they can create bonds and relationships that support one another. How can we support one another when we rank ourselves by money? Writers, Editors, Publishers, Artists, etc. all need to come together and support one another, no matter your age, race, religion, gender, etc. When we work together to support each others work, that is when a community is created.

 

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  1. I really feel like this was a well done blog post, not only by the use of statistics but the use of voice as well. It was very strong and in-your-face , making the post more of an attention grabber than it already was.
    I can’t think of much to say that could be done to emphasize the points made in this post, it was very well done.

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  2. I really like this blog post and i really enjoyed that you included graphs and statistics. However, maybe describe what they mean, pictures are great but some people can have a hard time understanding what they mean. Also, i feel like it would add to your point to describe the graphs instead of just showing them because some people might just skip over them, If you describe them, they have no choice but to read what you are trying to say. Over all, your post was very well written and clearly got to the point of what you were trying to make. On a side note, including other areas women have problems in was a great idea!

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  3. Your use of graphics and statistics is excellent and your writing is strong. I think that discussing intersectionality would have really elevated this post. Yes, women as whole group are oppressed by our patriarchal society, but when women have intersectional identities they are effected even more. Women of color, queer women, and women of religious minorities are attacked on every side of their being. It is important to stand with our Black, Latina, Asian, Native, Queer, Jewish, and Muslim (etc) sisters. Feminism that is not inclusive and supportive of intersectional women it’s simply white supremacy.

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  4. Good inclusion of additional research, particularly the research into salaries for men and women doing the same jobs. Your links and images bring additional interest and grounding to the post.

    Lacey and Rebecca both offer great suggestions, should you opt to expand on and polish this post. What particular statistic would you like us to focus on in that VIDA graft? And intersectionality was a major topic for the recent Women’s March. Initially, the March got a lot of flack for *not* being intersectional. Then, it made changes to try to address its failings. (People differ in their opinions on whether or not the March ultimately succeeded in being intersectional. Here’s what some of the march organizers say: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/womens-march-organizers-address-intersectionality-as-the-movement-grows_us_5883f9d9e4b070d8cad314c0)

    Because you’re juggling a lot of different things, there are also some points where the argument could proceed more smoothly. For instance, when you say “Decades later and women are still fighting for their rights,” I wondered if there was a particular event from a few decades ago that you’re referring to (the 1970s and second wave feminism? the fight for voting rights?). Including some specific fight for equality that occurred decades (or even a century) ago could give more weight to that “Decades later…” statement.

    Small note: be sure to put article titles in “Quotation Marks.”

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