Equality and women and feminism have always been important to me. I had a mother who was a very strong role model, and did everything from help me with my homework to teach me the art of the jump shot. She even taught me how to throw a spiral when playing football, something which served me more often than you would think.
I realized in the last few years this hobby of mine- seeking like-minded individuals, projects and institutes and researching them to the point of exhaustion- is something that could be shared and potentially inspire other women to be more aware, be more active and make a difference.
When I learned that women comprised only 26% of all individuals working behind the scenes on broadcast television programs, I was crushed. I immediately wanted to know everything about why this discrepancy exists. Television shapes the minds of our future. It sets the tone, however subconsciously, for social norms. For our young children it shows a world outside of their own. If this vision is controlled almost completely by the male voice, how would we expect there not to be some inequalities, even if they’re unintentional. Both voices need to be heard to portray the world as it truly is: a place where equality can (and should) exist.
Until I have all the answers- if there even are definitive answers to be had- I think the best thing I can do is help spread the word and be an advocate.
We are on the brink of something amazing, and I am excited to be able to feature those who are driving the movement.
About the Author: I’m the Executive Editor at The Conversation. I have an unparalleled passion for the fundamentals of basketball. I once lost a spelling bee on the word “civilian” and have never misspelled it since. I am the co-founder of ParksFernandez. You can follow me on Twitter or check out my life in pictures on Instagram.