5 Friyays: March 1

5 Friyays: March 1

Hey all! It’s Dr. Hinson back with my 5 Friyays for the last week of February! I’m delighted that it’s March – mostly because it means we’re closer to Spring, but also because March is Women’s History Month! We’ve got a lot of exciting new content coming this month and I’ve been busy working on it all week! March is also the launch of our online course – Creating a Resilient Organizational Culture – which has been a lot of work to start the year and I’m delighted it will be ready in time for our March 11th launch!! With all that going on, I still managed to cobble together my Friyays list – let’s see what I have!

“A period should end a sentence, not a girls education!”

Dr. D and I are both big fans of awards shows. We love the glitz and glam. This year we especially loved all the women and people of color who took home the big gold statue at last Sunday’s Oscars. Though my favorite win of the night had to be Olivia Coleman (if you haven’t seen her acceptance speech, do yourself a favor) – I was over the moon to learn about the winner for Best Documentary Short Subject – ‘Period. End of Sentence.’ It’s up on Netflix, so you’ve no excuse not to watch it, as I did this week. It’s a film about the reality of menstrual inequality and how empowering women is a simple as providing them with comprehensive health education and pads/tampons. If you’ve never heard of the Pad Project, learn more about their awesome work here. 

https://youtu.be/7PCt_WE6mqI

Black History Month – Pittsburgh Style

As we spent the last month celebrating Black excellence in every field, I learned so much about people whose stories haven’t yet been told. In that vein, I loved this article about local Pittsburgh Cartoonist Marcel Walker. He has a wonderful philosophy on life and using his art to tell important stories, very often of forgotten, ignored, or marginalized people.

Deconstructing the Myth of the American West – Lady Photographer Style

I am from Colorado, born and raised in the most beautiful state in our country (I’m not biased, it’s fact). I also come from a family of photographers. My great-grandfather’s collection of photographs is housed by the University of Missouri – St. Louis. I was raised to love photography, and very early on became quite interested in Ansel Adams and his glorious black and white photographs of the American West. With all that context, you will understand why I chose this article from aperture, showcasing three women photographers –  Susan Lipper, Kristine Potter, and Justine Kurland. I am fascinated by their approach of deconstructing the myths of the West, especially those around masculinity, through their travels and photographs (largely taken in Colorado).

Can you have too much of Jane Austen?

Though I would usually argue no, it appears the good citizens of Winchester, England would disagree. They recently protested the proposed creation of a new statue to the beloved author, who died in the city. They claimed that she already had her grave at Winchester Cathedral (the proposed site) and a museum in town, so surely they’ve got Jane covered. The cathedral listened to the protestors and the statue has been scrapped. Since we have quite a controversy over historical monuments here in the states (and all over the world really), perhaps Winchester would like to find someone else to memorialize in stone?

Have you heard of the gender data gap?

I hadn’t until I read this article in The Guardian over the weekend. Written by Caroline Criado Perez, based on selected excerpts from her new book ‘Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men,‘ the article details all the ways that research into health, safety, work environments, and even the size of smart phone screens, is all based on a normative male ideal. It shows that the gender data gap leads to health and safety risks for women, all over the world. It’s hard to pick what shocked me most, but I think it would have to be this excerpt:

When Apple launched their AI, Siri, users in the US found that she (ironically) could find prostitutes and Viagra suppliers, but not abortion providers. Siri could help you if you’d had a heart attack, but if you told her you’d been raped, she replied “I don’t know what you mean by ‘I was raped.’”

Give the article a read – for a person who spends a lot of her time thinking about gender inequality, I learned a lot. We often spend a lot of time thinking about all the ways that new tech is helping us improve our lives, but it doesn’t always work for everyone the same.

That’s my 5 Friyays for this week! I hope you enjoyed the diversity of it! Dr. Donnelly will be back next week with hers, on International Women’s Day!



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