Women have been earning more bachelor’s degrees than men since 1982, as well as more master’s degrees than men since 1987. However, the fact remains that the gender wage gap maintains a strong presence in America. Women account for over 50 percent of the workforce in this country, yet they are making 26 percent less than their male peers. There are more than a handful of women that want the opportunity to talk about their personal experiences in searching for equality in male-dominated industries. In “As A Woman” HRDWRKER X LADYGUNN in association with THINX present five outstanding professionals unique perspectives on the gender-motivated inequity they face on a regular basis.
Through their stories, we will not just touch on issues of unequal pay- but we will navigate through of treatment in the workplace. The subjects will also have the opportunity to offer viewers knowledge as to how being a woman has given them a special edge and allowed them to succeed in their business of choice. While women make up the majority of professional employees, the female population as a whole is still struggling to find security in male-dominated industries. We are now seeing more young girls and women make strides in entering areas of STEM, law, film, music, medicine etc. This series will offer support to those who are working to break tradition and go against the grain by providing them with access to advice from women who have paved the way.
There is no doubt about the unbalanced weight we put on gender and sex in today’s world. Despite the many adversities we face in many industries often dominated with patriarchal interest, women are a force of nature in the world that will shatter any concept of glass ceilings that are placed in front of us.
What are your passions?
My passion is life. My music, my art, everything I do is a reflection of the life I live.
What do you think is your biggest obstacle as a woman in today’s world?
The biggest obstacle being a woman in today’s world is probably realizing how possible everything I want to do is. Everything is right at my finger tips & all I have to do is go out & get it. Some people, including myself, are scared to do what they love because they feel they aren’t worthy. I am working on that.
When is a time you were proud of yourself?
I’m proud of myself every time I breathe in & out. Life is hard. I see so many people around me who give up on their goals & on their life. I struggle with depression & drug addiction & I have my whole life. I have had many friends kill themselves or become druggies & forget how special & worthy they are. Every day that I wake up & go to work, I am proud of myself.
What is your greatest accomplishment in your field?
The biggest accomplishment I have ever done is to save someone’s life. Everyday people tell me my music has saved them from addiction, suicide, abusive relationships, feeling alone, self doubt, etc. Every time I hear that, it brings my soul a little more peace.
Who is a woman that inspires you?
My mom. She has done so much for my brothers & I over the years. She is not perfect, & neither is anyone else, & I love her for teaching me that.
What is one “glass ceiling” that you shattered?
Me being alive today is a glass ceiling I’ve destroyed. I didn’t think I would make it past 19 & I’m 26 now. Most of the people I grew up with are in prison, doing long term sentences, some are doing life, some have been killed, some have killed themselves, some have given up on life completely. I’m happy right now, that’s another glass ceiling I’m breaking through.