7 ways we can fix gender inequality other than with confidence

The most recent encouragement to just “fake it til you make it” comes from Katty Kay and Claire Shipman who published a feature on the “confidence gap” in the Atlantic. In the undoubtedly well-meaning piece, Kay and Shipman share troubling research outlining an equally gloomy picture: Women undervalue their accomplishments, and it’s holding them back in the workplace.

Although it’s true that some women suffer from more self-defeating thoughts and lower self-esteem, gender inequality can’t be reduced to mental health issues. Women’s lack of opportunities in the workplace are due to much deeper issues, and it’s time we admit that. Instead of telling women to change their personalities, maybe it’s time we take a look at the entire system.

Here’s a (non-exhaustive) list of ways we can help women that don’t include telling them just to hold their head up high. 

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#and then he dies #and she starts killing people

Not to mention the whole damn town gets cursed

he doesn’t just DIE, he’s lynched because the Gaston-equivalent sees them together and the whole town is horribly racist and that’s why she starts killing people


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Joan Crawford in Possessed (1931)

Still an issue in 2014..

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Girls are trained to say, ‘I wrote this, but it’s probably really stupid.’ Well, no, you wouldn’t write a novel if you thought it was really stupid. Men are much more comfortable going, ‘I wrote this book because I have a unique perspective that the world needs to hear.’ Girls are taught from the age of seven that if you get a compliment, you don’t go, ‘Thank you’, you go, ‘No, you’re insane.’

Lena Dunham, in an interview with The Guardian (x)  (via blackbruise)

I’m not all about Lena Dunham, but this is important.

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people want to believe gender is something that’s essential, and people repeat these essentialist ideas all the time. oh, women do that and oh, men do that and the reality is that all women don’t anything. we as individuals do what we do, you know, and sometimes that’s informed by gender and sometimes it’s just who we are. and i think all that just makes people really, really uncomfortable because they don’t want to think about who they are.
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This Little Girl Needs Just 90 Seconds To Explain The Problem With Girls’ Toys Today

Remember those classic “This is your brain on drugs” ads that scared you into not eating omelets? GoldieBlox, one of our favorite companies when it comes to inspiring girls to achieve greatness, decided to make that metaphor actually useful, just in time for Easter. Learn the facts.


It’s not like an instruction manual is a book. You’re never gonna read it and go… (x)

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The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.
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There are days where I cannot find the sun even though it’s right outside my goddamn window

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Just gotta keep looking for ittttt

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♪ Did you ever know that you’re my heeeerooooo ♪

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I wouldn’t kill him, because he looked as frightened as I was.

I look at him…and I saw myself.

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