Joan Rivers slams Lena Dunham’s weight

Rick Perry says Wendy Davis’ talk of equal pay is ‘nonsense’

Oh the unbelievable shit you get writing about music as a woman

These are a few of the headlines I’ve seen shared recently. They’ve been fueling conversations among me and the females in my life. It’s 2014. Why do women still have to prove our right to be here?

It’s never been as in my face as much as it has been the last couple of years. Why do the men who do the same job make the same or more pay while women start out with a lower salary? Why do the men get praised for doing their jobs at a basic level while females work our asses off to turn in exceptional work, yet get second guessed daily? It’s not right!

But worse is this culture among professional women. Because we women are trying to prove ourselves against the men, there’s so much competition with one another instead of working together to lift each other up. I’ve made a conscious effort to stop that in my own workplace. I have a group of women (Tiara News Network!) who I support completely. There are a few women I know will shove me in front of the bus any chance they get. I distance myself from them, but never stoop to those levels.

So I love this article and challenge from Katarina Kovacevic to make 2014 the year of the girl.

“In today’s world of reality show housewives and competing bachelorettes, it often feels like unfriendly female competition is just status quo. But it doesn’t have to be. It’s time to be honest about our feelings and to start acting like a team. Because if we don’t have each other’s backs, who will?”

Well said, Katarina. I’m in. Who else is in?

 

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