A Foreword by Joe Dudeck: For the past year, I’ve had the honor of working with Camryn Walton on many Keyhole Marketing projects. She does much of the behind-the-scenes work, and, if you’ve been coming here for awhile and reading the content, you already know a little bit about her by the quality of work she produces.
She and I recently had a conversation around gender equality in the workplace. As the son of a mother who always worked and the husband of a wife who has always worked, I thought I had a pretty good handle on the subject. Women should be treated and afforded the same rights as men. It just wasn’t an issue for me. And yet, I also knew that there was much I didn’t know about the subject because there was much I hadn’t experienced in the workplace simply because I was a man. And more than that, even if it wasn’t an issue for me, it was still an issue for someone.
To get better informed, I needed to hear—not from the media or politicians on the subject—but directly from the other side of the gender fence. And so I asked Camryn to share her thoughts.
I hope her piece below inspires, frustrates, surprises, challenges, or insights some emotion within you. Because only through an attentive interest in the subject of gender equality can you move from observation to activation. And only then can our kids enter a workforce devoid of these discriminations.
Thank you, Camryn, for starting the conversation here.
I was recently given a “the future is female” sticker, and my emotional reaction was confusing. I wanted to say, “hell yeah” and put it front and center on my laptop. But I hesitated. And maybe cringed a little? (Apologies in advance to my fellow nasty women reading this, but stick with me.) I struggle over how I feel about this phrase. Part of me LOVES it. Part of me questions it.
Why can’t the future be human?
I’m glad you asked. Because in 2017, women entrepreneurs are being sexually harassed while trying to start their companies. Each year, 62 million girls are denied access to education. And the economic pillar of the gender gap is now larger than at any other point since 2008.