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.
Name: ZOEY TAYLOR
Tattoo Artist & Shop Owner
What are your passions?
Art, dancing, adventures, and the constant pursuit of happiness!
What do you think is your biggest obstacle as a woman in today’s world?
I think that things like not being taken seriously are behind me after proving myself as an artist.
When is a time you were proud of yourself?
I am proud of myself every time I take a risk, or go out on a limb and believe in myself. I’m proud of the fact that I continue to learn and grow.
What is your greatest accomplishment in your field?
I think my greatest accomplishments are yet to come, but taking over the shop where I “grew up” is a good start.
Who is a woman that inspires you?
My mom inspires me. She is the strongest and bravest woman I know. She taught me that I can do anything, and survive anything.
What is the glass ceiling to you?
I accept no glass ceiling in my life.
photos / Graham Walzer
interviews / Koko Ntuen