Tag: gender

Chow Runner: When a Girl Joins Up


private-benjamin-originalUniversity of Baltimore MFA student Austrie Martinez walks us through her first week in Air Force boot camp–so wear your comfort shoes.

Fifty-some girls, now called trainees, were sitting in various positions around the room with stacks of paperwork balanced on their laps. Everyone was wearing different clothes, had different hairstyles, came from different backgrounds, and they were all strangers to each other. This was their first night together in a new place with one common goal in mind: to survive the next six weeks and graduate from Air Force boot camp to become airmen.

It’s Actually Not That Hard to Get More Female Panelists at Science Conferences

Photo via Congrats! You Have an All Male Panel
Photo via Congrats! You Have an All Male Panel

Congrats! You Have an All-Male Panel is a tumblr that showcases/shames “panels, seminars, events, and various other things featuring all male experts.” Along those lines, a Johns Hopkins researcher has looked into how to get more women featured on panels at science conferences. It turns out that it’s a pretty easy thing to do–as long as the problem is taken seriously.

Is There a Gender-Neutral Linguistic Revolution Taking Place Among Baltimore Youth?



I’ve always associated the gender-neutral pronoun with the sorts of progressive liberal arts campuses and communes, places where fluid gender identities are common and the old him/her doesn’t fly. But according to Dr. Margaret Troyer, young people in Baltimore City have invented their own “gender-neutral third-person singular pronoun, [used] primarily in subject position.” And that word is Yo.

Maryland is the Nation’s Best State for Working Women


According to the Atlantic, Maryland’s female wage-earners have a lot to be grateful for. In the magazine’s ranking of the best states for working women, Maryland comes out on top (if you don’t count D.C., which we don’t).

Maryland’s working women have the highest average earnings ($42,164) of any state in the U.S. Okay, so D.C. women outearn their Maryland counterparts, but D.C.’s not a state and we refuse to compete with them. That’s more than $10,000 more than the national average, and nearly $20,000 more (!) than in the state with the lowest national average — North Dakota. Women’s earnings make up 40 percent of all the wages earned in the state — not parity, to be sure, but higher than nearly every other state.

The wily statisticians even came up with a “location premium” figure, which means the extra earnings that come from working in a particular state, with all other variables (education, skill, hours worked) averaged out. The average Maryland woman can thank our fair state for the extra $6,728 she’s making this year — a much nicer deal than the negative location premium ranking for states like Montana (-$7,871) and Virginia (-$6,948).

Clearly, a lot of Maryland (and D.C.)’s dominance in these rankings can be attributed to government jobs. Any other ideas why Maryland might have come out on top?

The New Gender Gap: Are Men Already Obsolete?


In a triumphant (or terrifying, depending on where you stand) recent article in the Atlantic, Hanna Rosin declared the End of Men. Women are seriously outpacing men from elementary to graduate school; old patriarchal structures are crumbling; unemployment is gutting men much more than women, perhaps because today’s workforce favors traditionally feminine skills over traditionally masculine ones; marriages are dissolving, and women are increasingly raising kids alone…. The article itself goes on at length justifying its premise that men are becoming obsolete. “What if the modern, postindustrial economy is simply more congenial to women than to men?” Rosin muses. (Of the 15 job categories projected to grow the most in the next decade in the U.S., all but two are occupied primarily by women, Rosin points out.)

To some extent, that would be good news for our fair city — because we’ve got a lot of women here. Both Baltimore-Towson and Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick make the top ten list of cities with the greatest gender gaps (Baltimore’s got 15.7 percent more women than men; B/G/F has a gender gap of nearly 17 percent). But many of Baltimore’s workers are employed by Johns Hopkins, and another sizable chunk work for the U.S. government — neither known as bastions of feminist power.

In fact, Hopkins has gotten quite a bit of flak over the years for being actively or passively neglectful to its women faculty and staff members. A 2004 report pointed out that while grad programs were well-stocked with women, the percentage of women faculty remained stagnant. At the time, only 18 percent of Hopkins’ full professors were women, and the school ranked last among its peers in percentage for female executives. Another recent report described the gender culture on campus as “pernicious,” “hostile,” and “detrimental.” Since then, the school has formed new committees and passed a few resolutions, but it takes a long time for culture to change.

So, what’s your take? Are women going to be the dominant sex in the near future (or do you feel like they already are)? Where does that leave Johns Hopkins — and Baltimore in general?

Baltimore Native Breaks Gender Barrier at Parris Island


Marine Brigadier General Loretta E. Reynolds, originally from Baltimore, just became the first woman to take command of Parris Island in South Carolina.

News of women occupying positions which were formerly the exclusive domain of men is thankfully becoming commonplace. But, according to an article on Reynolds’ promotion in the Washington Post, the military yet has much ground to cover in gender equality—it was only last year that the Navy announced it would allow women to serve on submarines; women cannot yet join the Navy SEALs; neither may they serve in ground-combat units, though both of these bans will likely be lifted in the near future.

But don’t get the wrong impression. The hundreds of thousands of female troops who have been deployed overseas in recent years have certainly been in harm’s way, and many have seen combat despite the nominal ban.

In her statements to the press, Reynolds has presented her gender as utterly irrelevant to her appointment as commander of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, saying plainly, “I was the right person for the job.”