The only way to really change Uber for the better is to aim at the root causes of Uber’s toxic culture. That means changing Uber’s emphasis from domination to collaboration, from extraction to contribution, and from selfishness to collective gain. The only way to fix the rot at Uber’s core is for Uber to become not merely a less sexist company, but rather a feminist company.
Women’s ideas and leadership have been systematically erased for centuries. We know this. So it’s good to make sure this doesn’t happen as a rule. It’s not about helping women get ahead (although that’s important). It’s not even about money (although sometimes it totally is and women need to get paid for their work). It’s about showing another human being and their intellectual work respect.
Businesses can be effective, profitable, and feminist all at the same time. It’s true! But the great majority of our business development tools (as they exist now) reinforce patriarchal models of thinking and operating by design. Given the way women’s and feminists’ ideas have been left out of history (and business and management thinking), particularly those ideas from women of color, how could our current tools possibly help lead us to the future of work? New tools for feminist business practice like the FBMC design these considerations back into your business. They work on social and expressive solutions right alongside functional product/service solutions. They center foundational strengths, collective values, and social/political/economic impact right alongside revenue streams. They value care for relationships, justice, and social equity. They ask questions of entrepreneurs about how to meet customer, community, and stakeholder social needs while contributing to community wellness.
Thinking about the Trump presidency and the regressive politics coming with it can torpedo any sensible person’s sense of humor.
But who wants to spend a whole day at the #WomensMarchOnWashington, or anywhere else, waving a sign saying “Oppression is Depressing”? We need some clever, catchy, expressive slogans for our signs if we want to “make protest signs great again.”
Luckily, groups around the US are rising to that challenge. Our friend Rhea Beddoe and her co-activists at Executive Women For Hillary got together over the weekend to make signs. They pooled their google skills and their creative resources, and put together the list, below, of over 150 great slogans. I added a few of my own, and we’d love to see yours!
On January 21, tens of thousands of us will be trekking to the #WomensMarch on Washington and to local marches across the USA. We’re gathering together to make a public statement of support for issues that matter to women and to America.
Our collective presence will make a statement. But what else can we do, beyond “showing up”? How can we maximize our impact? How can we make the most of our participation in the #WomensMarch?
When it is clear that everyone has something to contribute to the women’s leadership field (or any field, for that matter), historically marginalized groups aren’t just “included” in existing, dominant systems and previous ways of doing things; their knowledge is understood to be essential to the health of the whole. Young people’s contributions are also more valued. The contributions of people who work 10 or 25 hours per week are valued as much as people who work 80 hours per week. Why? Information and knowledge are what count.
These ideas were first shared by @CVHarquail at a panel discussion on Everyday Leadership at In Good Company, a women’s co-working space and entrepreneurship community, in June of 2015. This list was updated by CV and Lex in 2016. Please help
We know that gender bias takes a personal and economic toll on individuals. But gender bias has collective negative effects which mostly get ignored. Too many good ideas with the potential to move communities, organizations, entire fields forward get lost simply because they happen to come from women. Too many good ideas only get heard when they are picked up by men (who don’t always give women colleagues credit) and much gets lost in translation. All of this is compounded by race and class.
If we know this happens, one outcome is that we struggle to follow a woman’s lead when it comes to doing things differently. We struggle to move from knowledge to practice and to women-led practice.
The Feminist Lean Project Canvas (FLPM) is a tool to help any leader craft and develop the scope of a work project so that:
(1) You can develop collaborative #PowerWITH other stakeholders, so that your project is co-created, supported, and executed by an aligned team of interested parties, and
(2) The work project itself incorporates an explicitly feminist point of view and considers how justice, equity, and system change can be added into the design of your everyday work.
Last week, a small but mighty group of us met at Idealist’s offices in NYC for our second Feminists At Work salon on “Building Healthier Nonprofits.” (Read the original invitation here). It was a lively conversation with many threads, some notes