August 2, 2010 — In the early days, men dominated the Internet. Now more women than men use it for shopping and social networking. Details about the shift, plus news about the corporate leadership gap in South Africa, a new “sneaky” form of sexism, and tales of 40 women who have made strides in business, are included in this edition of C This.
Sexism on the Sly
Sexist images permeate the media. According to author and columnist Susan Douglas, the imagery reflects “a new sneaky, subtle form of sexism that seems to accept, even embrace feminism on the surface, but is really dedicated to the undoing feminism and keeping women—especially young women—in their place.”
Women in South Africa
Listed companies in South Africa have more women on their boards than Australian, U.K., Canadian and U.S. companies, but the slow pace of change in South Africa means it could take up to 40 years for women to hit parity on boards and in executive management.
Got to Have Grit
In Women of True Grit, authors Edie Hand and Tina Savas tell the stories of 40 women who paved the way for others. “Women today don't have a clue that they are standing on the shoulders of women before them,” Savas told The Miami Herald. “We’ve overcome a lot of things, but we have a way to go in making strides.”
A new survey by comScore, a U.S.-based Internet research company, found that 76 percent of all women online visited a social networking website in May 2010 compared with 70 percent of men. Similarly, more women than men engaged in ecommerce, and many visited online gambling and adult websites. “This is clearly a long-term cultural paradigm that we’re seeing,” said comScore analyst Andrew Lipsman.
Getting Out of the Ghetto
The so-called “pink ghettos”—female-dominated disciplines such as nursing and social work—come with low respect and low pay. What’s worse, men still outrank women in their leadership. “It’s time for communities of practice in these fields to set a new standard,” wrote Selena Rezvani. “To start with, organizations must adopt more transparent methods around compensation.”