A White Man’s World: What WOC Should Know Before Doing A PhD
Education

A White Man’s World: What WOC Should Know Before Doing A PhD

Of the 184,074 people who received a doctoral degree in the United States in 2018, only 17 percent were women of color. With 57,766 graduates, there were almost twice as many white women who were awarded a doctorate than the 31,465 women of color graduates that included women who identify as Black, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific…

Surviving Workplace Harassment and Bullying
Self-Care

Surviving Workplace Harassment and Bullying

Please note that this post contains references to harassment and violence. Marginalized people are particularly vulnerable to harassment and bullying at work. Sexism, homophobia, transphobia, racism, and ableism already prevent so many exceptional candidates from finding work in the first place. When they finally get there, they’re more likely to be seen as easy targets…

From Yellow Peril to Model Minority: Asians Resist!
Knowledge

From Yellow Peril to Model Minority: Asians Resist!

I’ve handed back my ‘model minority’ card. I once believed that keeping my head down and focusing on academic and professional achievements could secure me comfort and stability. While I pursued this single-minded goal, Black and Indigenous people were being murdered in the streets of my neighborhood. How could I stay quiet and play nice…

Recovering from Stress, Exhaustion, and Burnout
Self-Care

Recovering from Stress, Exhaustion, and Burnout

Under capitalism, our senses of self-worth are very often tied to our jobs — our salaries, titles, and the status symbols they afford us. Corporations exploit this and encourage a culture of individualism, competition, and overwork. In this environment, work-related stress can feel overwhelming. Over time, prolonged stress can lead to burnout. Burnout is a…

Why Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Don’t Work
Knowledge

Why Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Don’t Work

Diversity and inclusion initiatives are widely accepted and established means through which organizations profess to doing good. Yet despite their good intentions, few managers understand how diversity management emerged as a way to replace affirmative action policies that were designed to redress institutionalized and systemic racism. Unlike affirmative action, ‘diversity and inclusion’ is a warm…

Intersectional Writing Prompts (Anti-Racist, Feminist, Queer)
Self-Care

Intersectional Writing Prompts (Anti-Racist, Feminist, Queer)

Reflective writing is the process of articulating your experiences and perspective of particular topics and events. It allows you to explore your thoughts and feelings and critically examine deep-seated beliefs and assumptions. Reflective writing is an insightful and generative tool for intersectional feminist activism. It can enable us to identify the ideologies we’ve internalized in…

Dealing with Online Hate and Harassment
Self-Care

Dealing with Online Hate and Harassment

Please note that this post contains references to harassment and violence. Being an intersectional feminist on the Internet can feel like you have a target on your forehead. Speaking up for social justice threatens the comfort and privilege of people in power. Right-wing trolls scour the Internet, looking for anyone who represents or promotes social…

Postfeminism as Faux Feminism: The Problem with She-E-Os
Knowledge

Postfeminism as Faux Feminism: The Problem with She-E-Os

The rise of prominent female leaders in the business world is often celebrated as a sign that feminism has won. Celebrity executives like Sheryl Sandberg, whose business manual Lean In calls on women to “forge a path through the obstacles, and achieve their full potential”, suggests that gender equality is a choice for women to…