As a writer, I have been thinking about preferred gender pronouns (PGPs) and the best way to reference an individual within an article without using a name every time. PGPs are third-person singular pronouns like he/she, which assume the subject's gender. Should I always pick gender-neutral pronouns? Or maybe I should ask an interviewee what pronoun they prefer as part of the standard interview process?
Here's my two cents on the issue of equal pay in the US workforce—actually, that would be my 1.54 cents based on my gender and the fact that women still earn only 77 cents on the dollar compared to men. In June 2013, the Association for Women in Science ran a series of blog posts in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, emphasizing that women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) earn on average 14% less than men in the same disciplines. Although pay for women has improved since enactment of the Equal Pay Act, it is far from equal pay for equal work.
Do women's networks actually help women succeed in a company or do they just function to let HR check the diversity box? The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) LinkedIn group discussed a Harvard Business Review opinion article on this topic written by Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, founder of the largest professional women's network in Europe. Read the AWIS blog post "How to Make Women's Networks Succeed" to see what women in STEM think about the use of women's networks to promote gender equality at work and support the advancement of women into leadership positions.
International Women’s Day (IWD)—a celebration to honor the advancement and achievements of women—began in the early twentieth century to promote women’s rights and prevent discrimination in the workforce. Women have advanced considerably in the professional world, but recent highlights on unequal pay and the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines demonstrate the need to keep change moving forward. To accomplish these advances, women must act as peer mentors of other women in STEM.
Certain terms may be considered gender-biased in nature—mankind, manpower, right-hand man—but I prefer to look at these terms as genderless. These words have been used for centuries and convey an idea, not a bias.