Ask and you shall recieve: The female empowerment movement by blogger Emily

Ask and you shall recieve: The female empowerment movement by blogger Emily

Some people hang onto the idea that working women are frightened to ask for and reach for what they professionally want, whether that be a higher salary or a leadership position. This cliché is starting to lose its grasp. For instance, a study conducted by The Cass Business School in London, the University of Warwick in the U.K., and the University of Wisconsin did not support the “women-ask-less-than-men” myth.

This isn’t to say that there are absolutely no cases of women avoiding confrontation in the workplace. In fact, until I had become more comfortable with my job, I embodied the stereotype.

It’s almost been a year since I graduated college and, in that year, I learned lessons that have helped me break through my workplace insecurities. I’m not a guru. I’m not a wise Dumbledore-like-figure. I’m a working woman and here are those lessons:

Speak up

 If there is anything that you are uncomfortable with, you have the right to let your supervisor know. I spent six months without a second computer monitor (my job requires two), but it wasn’t until I worked up the courage to ask for one that I immediately received it. A simple problem with a simple solution. Even if you’re the lowest on the totem pole, never forget that you have a voice worth hearing.

Don’t say sorry (for what you can’t control)

I’m addicted to the word “sorry.” If someone were to ram into me with a truck, I’d still say sorry for standing on that particular sidewalk. In the workplace, you have to learn to nip that habit in the bud. My boss called me out on the habit when I said sorry for an IT issue. Fun fact: I don’t work in IT. It was a wakeup call because I learned to take responsibility for my own actions, not for the actions of people working across the country.

Work hard and go beyond

 If you want to excel at your job and prove your worth, you’ve got to work hard. That seems like a given for anyone. But, if you want to earn a raise or a promotion, you should do more than the basic duties of your position. Show that you’re taking on more responsibilities. Show that you’re adding or creating something for your organization that hasn’t been utilized before. Show that the work you’ve done has improved the quality of your organization. The more evidence you use to back up the claim that you deserve a raise or a promotion, the more likely you’ll achieve that goal.

As more young women grow up with the notion that they can be whatever they want to be and do whatever they want to do, the playing field can even out if we confidently traverse through the working world. If we keep reaching, keep working, keep asking, and keep confronting, then it’s only a matter of time.

The College Freshmen Naïveté by blogger Jhem

The College Freshmen Naïveté by blogger Jhem

September 19, 2016

I can hear the voices and laughter of first-year college freshmen outside in the hallway.

635758684359269671-827979113_freshmenThe words they’re saying are muffled and oftentimes blend together incoherently, but being a second-year college student, it’s hard for me to mistake those familiar notes of excitement and nervousness in their voices. They’re probably talking about classes they’re planning to take, extracurriculars they’re looking forward to joining, and wild parties they hope to attend now that they’re far away from the restrictions of home.

Of those three topics, there is only one that I am still very wary of. Frat parties are known to be an integral part of university campuses and college culture. My campus is no exception to this unspoken standard. Though I had an awareness of the existence of Greek Life prior to my entrance into college, it wasn’t until that I had experienced a full year of higher education that I was made aware of its far-reaching influence. I wasn’t aware of the prominence of hoodies with Greek letters sewn on, or of the closeness shared between frat brothers and sorority sisters.

In the first-year group outside my door, I can hear freshmen girls laughing. Though I don’t know who they are and what kind of people they are, I do know that some girls in this group will eventually decide to attend a frat party. And given my knowledge of its statistics, I’m sadly aware that there’s a high possibility that one of these girls is going to get sexually assaulted at one of these parties.

The thought makes me shudder and ache. college-marketing-advertising

 

The topic of sexual assault on college campuses is something that has gained more recognition in recent years, but it’s still a topic that many people still shy away from and are uncomfortable to talk about. Discussion of sexual assault on college campuses is particularly important, especially in regards to fraternities and frat parties. Despite initial discomfort, it’s important to get awareness out there.

Studies and statistics have shown, time and time again, that the occurrence of sexual assault happens frequently in Greek oriented environments. Many colleges, like mine, require incoming students to take a sexual assault awareness course. However, it very rarely, if ever, mentions the dangers that often come from attending these frat parties which are so often saturated with alcohol and toxic masculinity. So when a newly orientated student is brought into college campus, they’re not often well equipped with the tools to deal with such situations. College parties, and college party-goers are entirely different animals. Frat parties and frat brothers deviate even more. Walking into such as place with an inexperienced naïveté is dangerous.

The girls outside my dorm room are lively as ever.

I do not know who they are, but for their sake I can only hope that they can continue to stay as happy as they are in this moment.

Police and Prosecution Performance in Sexual Assault Cases by blogger Mitchell

Police and Prosecution Performance in Sexual Assault Cases by blogger Mitchell

By all accounts, ineffectual and responsive police and indictment practices add to an unsuitable rate of survivor case attrition. Official information on arrest rates, indictment, and survivor cases conviction does not seem to exist or, if prosecutor offices or law enforcement agencies has such data, it is not open publicly. Nor is data accessible to ascertain that police are directing exhaustive examinations and prosecutors are endeavoring to assemble strong cases of evidence against culprits.

Police divisions and their colleges, the prosecutors’ officers ought to be required to compile and keep up public accessible information on arrest rates, referrals, arraignments, and convictions in survivor cases. Moreover, law enforcement and arraignment organizations ought to issue occasional public reports identifying particular execution measures in survivor cases and the inside practices and systems utilized in line with such precautions.

Changing the legal procedure into one that allows casualties to air their voice and that no more supports abusers over those manhandled will bring about better case results, along these lines protecting many people by taking more predators from the street and by stopping other potential culprits from perpetrating such violations like sexual assault. Then, and only then, will justice for survivors be accomplished, at last.