Blog Against Sexism Day

February 9th, 2006

Blog Against Sexism March 8March 8, 2006

Inspired by the Blog Against Racism Day in December, it was decided that for at least one day we would try to focus the blogosphere on another evil: sexism. While those that write about sexism on a regular basis are gladly asked to join in, we enourage those that never or rarely talk about this important topic to join in. There are no guidelines. All that is asked is that you write at least a little something against sexism. We especially encourage men to challenge themselves and write about the topic.

If you want to participate, all you have to do is write a post. However, in order to spread the word about all the posts and to later put together a collection of posts, its asked that you do one or more of the following:

To get more exposure you can also use the technorati tag ‘blog against sexism’. We want to help publicize new blogs, so please let us know if you’ll be participating.
Check back often for updates. And thanks for participating.

Why March 8?
Because its International Women’s Day. Because its the Global Women’s Strike. Wimmin in more than 60 countries will be participating in the global strike. Why not add dozens or hundreds or thousands of more voices to this struggle through the growing world of blogging?

Just in case
(Thanks to Tamara at the Girls, Women + Media Project!)
And for those who think we have actually achieved equality…here are some dialogue starters, courtesy of the National Council for Research on Women, ( and also the Girls, Women & Media Project (

  • Data on women’s/girls struggle for equality has gone missing in the Bush Administration. The current administration continues to engage in a pattern of omission, distortion, and spin when it comes to information about women and girls. Data on the Department of Labor website has gone missing and the FDA continues to block approval of Emergency Contraception despite research findings that support its use.
  • Women are still underpaid. Women earn only 77 cents to every dollar earned by men. (Former MA democratic Lt. Gov. Evelyn Murphy is doin great things to shake this up…check out Also, can 1 million women against WalMart be hallucinating? This is serious!
  • Women are still massively underrepresented in the sciences. Despite substantial gains in the number of women pursuing graduate degrees in the sciences, women currently earn only 20% of all PhDs in computer science, less than 27% in physics, and only 17% in engineering. Studies show that women in science experience discrimination and double standards (sorry Larry Summers, but its really true.)
  • There are too few female tenured professors. Despite the fact that women have been at least half of all college undergraduates since 1978, women represent only 36% of all tenured faculty nationwide, and only 13% of doctoral granting universities boast women presidents. Many women in academic settings report discrimination.
  • Women are underrepresented in corporate leadership. Women have made up more than 40% of the workforce since 1977, and are currently almost 50%, yet only 9 women are CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.
  • Too few women lawyers make partner. Women have been 40% of all law school students since 1995, and over half since 2001, but are only 15% of partners in law firms nationwide. Many female lawyers attest to double standards and discrimination.
  • Media: Stereotypes Abound!
  • Men still dominate the airwaves, music industry, film industry, etc, and are most decisionmakers and critics (often with a silent or not so silent male perspective.) Women make up only 11% of the national experts on Sunday morning political talk shows, and only 6% to 7% of the repeat guests. No major record label is headed by a woman. Most major film studios are headed by men, and nine out of ten music videos are produced by men. For the most part, women need to be sex objects and to be young to be successful in music and to some extent, films, TV. (Men,not so much…can you say Sean Connery? Harrison Ford? Woody Allen? David Letterman? Larry King?.) Women are chosen/allowed to direct only 5 - 7 % of major Hollywood films, and rarely are nominated for or win major awards for directing (despite \nsome very talented female directors out there.) This is not just Hollywood insanity….it’s workplace discrimination.
  • Women are poorer. Women constitute about 70% of the world’s absolute poor – those living on less than a dollar a day. In the United States in 2004, there were 20.1 million women living below the poverty level. Worldwide, women’s access to resources and education still lags behind boys/men due to double standards.
  • Slavery still exists! Women and girls are the majority of the 800,000 to nearly 4 million people trafficked (bought and sold as property) internationally every year.

Some food for thought and discussion!
Who’s participating

  1. 10,000 Birds:
  2. 21st Century Mom:
  3. 3mote:
  4. 4 love is the color:
  5. A Biased, Myopic Account of Mundane Events:
  6. Abnormal Interests:
  7. about:blank:
  8. Civil Liberties:
  9. Academic in Exile:
  10. Adventures in Ethics and Science:
  11. Afaeyre Maede:
  12. African Hunting Safaris:
  13. against sexism:
  14. Agnostic
  15. ahistoricality:
  16. All Things Jen(nifer):
  17. Amateurverbs:
  18. Ampersand:
  19. And I Did It Anyway:
  20. Andragogny of the Op-Eds:
  21. Angry for a Reason:
  22. Anna Lou:
  23. another radical feminist:
  24. anti-music blog:
  25. Antonia’s blog:
  26. apple86:
  27. Approximating A Life:
  28. A red rantin’ Tory out here in a Dory:
  29. A Tangled WEB:
  30. Aunt Hattie’s Web:
  31. Avast! Feminist Conspiracy!:
  32. Azzie’s:
  33. BACKSPACE Lite:
  34. Bad Feminist:
  35. Bally:
  36. Bardiac:
  37. Beenyboona:
  38. Behind the Surface:
  39. Being Amber Rhea:
  40. Between the Blue of Sea and Sky:
  41. Bildschirmarbeitsplatz:
  42. Bitch | Lab:
  43. Biting Beaver:
  44. Blackademic:
  45. Black Looks:
  46. Blogcritics:
  47. Blog THIS, Pal!:
  48. Blokblog:
  49. blood on my teeth:
  50. Bombadee’s Garden:
  51. Bookworm:
  52. Bride of Acheron:
  54. Body Impolitic:
  55. Bring It On!:
  56. Buffalo WOW:
  57. Cammeo:
  58. captain_peleg:
  59. Carnival of Speculum:
  60. Ceylon Silver Girl:
  61. Charioteers, The:
  62. Chicken Scratch:
  63. chimaeras ABOUND:
  64. ClueChick:
  65. Comics Worth Reading:
  66. Core, The:
  67. Creek Running North:
  68. Crunchy Granola:
  69. CUSS and other rants:
  70. daily dose of queer:
  71. Daintier. Smarter. Better dressed:
  72. Damien’s Spot:
  73. Dan Miller:
  74. Daylight Aetheism:
  75. DC BiblioGoddess:
  76. Dees Diversion, The:
  77. Distracted:
  78. Dlightfully Dawgmatic:
  79. debitage:
  80. Delusions of Mediocrity:
  81. Devious Diva:
  82. Diary of a Goldfish:
  83. Disillusioned Kid:
  84. Don’t Let’s Start:
  85. East Street, The:
  86. Echidne of the Snakes:
  87. EGAD:
  88. Enter the Jabberwock:
  89. erosdiscordia:
  90. Everything But a Milk Cow:
  91. Exercise in Futility:
  92. Fat Lady Sings, The:
  93. Fabulosa Mujer:
  94. Feminazi by Night:
  95. Feministe:
  96. Feminist Law Professors:
  97. Femivist:
  98. Fernham:
  99. Fido Knits:
  100. firedoglake:
  101. Following my bliss:
  102. for better or for worse:
  103. Forever a Square Peg:
  104. Full Frontal Politics:
  105. G Bitch:
  106. GavinRules, The:
  107. Geeky Feminist:
  108. Geekymom:
  109. Gendergeek:
  110. Girl, Uninterrupted:
  111. Go Knit in Your Hat:
  112. Granny Gets a Vibrator:
  113. Green LA Girl:
  114. Gud bedre:
  115. Gymno:
  116. Happening-Here?:
  117. Hasta Los Gatos Quieren Zapatos:
  118. harpies cave:
  119. Hathor Legacy, The:
  120. Hoyden-About-Town:
  121. Hughes for America:
  122. Hugo Schwyzer:
  123. Huntress, The:
  124. i am speaking now the way you do:
  125. I Blame the Patriarchy:
  126. Ideas for Women:
  127. I Hate People:
  128. In her web she still delights:
  129. I Read Comics:
  130. I See Invisible People:
  131. i:rrhobog:
  132. IM algemeinen eher ungut:
  133. Inn of the Last Home:
  134. intransigent vicissitudes:
  135. Irrational Point:
  136. It’s All Connected:
  137. It’s a scarf!:
  138. Janna & Sanjay:
  139. jessica’s universe:
  140. Jester Queen:
  141. Jo’s Journal:
  142. Journey to Ithaca:
  143. Justice for Women:
  144. Just Powers:
  145. K8:
  146. Kaply, Inc:
  147. katunia:
  148. Kirk’s Blurty:
  150. Kofi’s hat:
  151. Kristi*:
  152. LAmom:
  153. Les Faits de la Fiction:
  154. Listening for Change:
  155. little brown fangirl:
  156. Logtar’s Blog:
  157. Lone Sophist:
  158. Long strange trip:
  159. Look What I Found In My Brain!:
  160. Loose Chicks Sink Ships:
  161. Luftpumpen und andere wesen:
  162. Mama Zine:
  163. Mamita Mala:
  164. Management Professor Notes II:
  165. Marginal Notes:
  166. Marmiteboy:
  167. Media Girl:
  168. Medusa Smiles:
  169. Megan’s Livejournal:
  170. Mel’s Diner:
  171. Mind the Gap:
  172. Mind on Fire:
  173. MissPenName:
  174. Mommy, Ph.D.:
  175. Mom Writes:
  176. Mortlake on the Schuylkill:
  177. Moving Target:
  178. My Amusement Park:
  179. My Defective Life:
  180. My Life as a Vegan:
  181. My Three Dollars Worth:
  182. Natasha!: myspace account
  183. Never Better:
  184. New Game Plus:
  185. News of the Restless:
  186. Next Few Hours, The:
  187. Nicole in London:
  188. No Blood for Hubris:
  189. One Tenacious Baby Mama:
  190. One Woman Army:
  191. Oolon Colluphid:
  192. Oral Hygiene Queen:
  193. Out where even dreams may shatter:
  194. Pandagon:
  195. PCPB, The Official Blog of:
  196. Pedantic Musings:
  197. Peer Abuse:
  198. Pen-Elayne on the Web:
  199. Peregrinations:
  200. Philobiblon:
  201. Pilgrimgirl:
  202. Poetry Headquarters:
  203. Pretty, Fizzy Paradise:
  204. Prid of Ankh-Morpork, The:
  205. Procrastinator’s Handbook, The:
  206. professional confessions:
  207. Projecto Colombia:
  208. Psychotic Patriot:
  209. Quaker Agitator:
  210. Ramblin’ with Roger:
  211. Radioactive Banana:
  212. Reappropriate:
  213. Red Headed 8itch:
  214. Red State Feminist:
  215. Return of the Reluctant:
  216. rhetorically speaking:
  217. Riba Rambles:
  218. Richard McAdam:
  219. Rightly Distracted:
  220. rough shoulder:
  222. Sabreland:
  223. sammelsurium:
  224. Sappho’s Breathing:
  225. Satellite Heart:
  226. Science Fiction Saint:
  227. Scroomious Scrivenings:
  228. serenitis:
  229. Shooting Full Force:
  230. Blog, The Official:
  231. sinister girl:
  232. Slant Truth:
  233. Small Biz Survival:
  234. Solliditudo Rei Socialis:
  235. Sophia’s Draft:
  236. Sophies Verden:
  237. Sour Duck:
  238. Sour Patch, The:
  239. Spotted Elephant:
  240. sthreeling:
  241. strength never power:
  242. Surfette:
  243. sv blog:
  244. Sweet Insurgent:
  245. TN Guerilla Women:
  246. Terrafactive Armageddon:
  247. Textaisle:
  248. then again, maybe not:
  249. things Bethany wrote:
  250. Third Rail Themes:
  252. Transcending Gender:
  253. T Rex’s Guide to Life:
  254. Uncommon Man, The:
  255. Up!:
  256. vegankid:
  257. Verbify:
  258. vinspinz:
  259. virtualpolitik:
  260. Vivian J. Paige:
  261. Watermark:
  262. Weber’s Polar Night:
  263. We’re not in Egypt anymore:
  264. What’s that you said?:
  265. witchy-woo:
  266. With a Duck:
  267. Woman of Color Blog:
  268. wonderland or not:
  269. Words and Rocks:
  270. WordWhammy:
  271. Worstest Blog Ever:
  272. Writing as Jo(e):
  273. Written World:
  274. Wrong Side of Capitalism, The:
  275. Yeah, but Houdini didn’t have these hips:
  276. yeahpope: