By rboylorn. Crunk Feminist Collective. June 2013. “ Deadline-driven days have become so commonplace in my life that I didn’t recognize or respond to the “stress” anymore. It became normalized. A way of life. The way my life is. This is a problem. ... And looking at the lives and legacies of black feminist foremothers reminds me that I have some agency around strategies for saving myself. “
Are gender issues in information needs and services really a "trend" worthy of examination in the first decade of the twenty-first century? Isn't this a passé topic? Aren't we well into the "post-feminist" era? As the editors of this issue, we answer these questions with a resounding "no!" Although North American society has made enormous strides in the past half-century, we have yet to reach true equality between men and women. Libraries and information workers continue to operate in a social environment where information needs and services are affected by gender and gender politics.
Academic library administrators may struggle with how best to support librarians who are also mothers of young children. Using both qualitative interviews with librarian-mothers and the current literature on how academic faculty balance work and family, this article highlights four key lessons for library administrators to use to help librarian who are mothers succeed in the workplace. "I don't know if I would've had as positive an experience if I'd had a male dean," said one respondent.
Findings based on qualitative studies and action research conducted in the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK) help identify typical barriers and challenges faced by local LGBTQ individuals toward self-fulfillment and social and political empowerment. Research participants share their marginalizing experiences that paint a picture of slow acceptance reflected in the lukewarm campus and community climate of support toward LGBTQ individuals. It forms the contextual motivation for the authors as openly gay LIS professionals to promote "top ten" prioritized community actions of "what do we need to do" and "how do we do it" on behalf of people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.
There are excellent resources for librarians who want to improve their services to LGBTQ patrons, and the American Library Association's (ALA) Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) collects, creates, and promotes professional resources, and, importantly, administers the Stonewall Book Awards and yearly booklists that share the most current materials. Laws in several states do or would prevent trans patrons from using their bathrooms of choice. Be ready with policies-both personnel policies and public policies-that explicitly support trans and genderqueer people in the same way you might use a collection development policy to answer a complaint about a book.
There are many components of creating a workplace that is affirming of transgender and non-binary people, but one of the most important pieces comes down to a few small words, such as ‘he,’ ‘she’ and ‘they.’ Pronouns are one of the most common ways that people are referred to by their gender. This provides one of the greatest opportunities to help honor someone’s gender identity. While the words may be small, their impact is profound.
Our Podcast is a special initiative of Gender at Work, a transnational network of individuals and organizations which work to end discrimination against women and advance cultures of equality. The Podcast was launched with the same vision, uniting diverse voices within and outside the Gender at Work network and discussing emerging ideas in Gender and Development that challenge our assumptions, stretch our boundaries and ignite our passion. Our mission is to find new ways of understanding our work, our institutions, our society and ambitiously - ourselves.
"A podcast about what the heck gender is. Gender Reveal is a podcast for nonbinary folks, for people who don't know what "nonbinary" means, and everyone in between. ...Gender Reveal amplifies the stories of trans and nonbinary folks. The show also serves as a free educational tool for people seeking to learn more about gender. We even made an entire episode (Gender 101) that explains terminology like cisgender, TERF, and genderqueer."
Even as women continue to rise in the modern workplace they are still met with barriers, bias and limits on opportunities. On this episode of The Way We Work Podcast we explore the issue of gender in the workplace and what can be done by leaders to ensure inclusive environments. How can we ensure not only that women have a seat at the table, but also a voice?
Women are now more likely to go to college than
men, and families are more likely to rely on women’s earnings than ever before. Two-thirds of mothers are either the sole breadwinners, primary breadwinners (earning as much or more than their partners), or cobreadwinners (earning 25-49% as much as their partners). The economic security of today’s families rests more on the shoulders of women than ever before. While we are accustomed to using income to measure financial well-being, income inequality is just the tip of the iceberg.
Are you interested in increasing your understanding of transgender issues, changing your use of gendered language, and thinking about how to implement policies of inclusion? This webcast will share a basic understanding of the rich variety of gender identities and experiences, best practices for working with transgender patrons and communities, and tips on where to begin thinking about the impact of library policies on queer and transgender people. Participants will be introduced to trans-inclusive language and basic concepts of gender and sexuality, improved services for transgender patrons, and the opportunity to move beyond basic respect and inclusion to affirmation and representation. This session is appropriate for individuals interested in all types of librarianship and will give practical tips, tools and takeaways to improve interactions and services for transgender patrons and co-workers. Guest speakers are Bean Yogi, Micah Kehrein, Reed Garber-Pearson, and Sunny Kim.