Descriptions of men vs women
There was a rousing conversation on a listserv I am on around the Hollywood Reporter list of the top 100 women in entertainment. Hollywood Reporter got rid of the rankings but the descriptions of many powerful women who are household names were described as married mother of two to married mom. What does that have to do with their career accolades?
I have been thinking about it all week. Depending on where anyone is being acknowledged there full label changes. When it came to our kids at school, my claim to fame was mother of Jessica, Emily and Josh. I had zero problem with that because that was all that counted when it came to my “label” at school functions.
When it comes to being written about or acknowledgement in the tech sector it is usually noted as wife of Fred Wilson, venture capitalist. Is it context for the reader or is it giving me some type of inheritance from my husband that I perhaps get the accolades because of my marriage to him? I have yet to read any article that says Fred Wilson, husband of Joanne Wilson but there are many years ahead of us.
Let us not forget that even Gayle King asked Jessica Alba if Honest Company was a suitable fall back from her acting career and Susan Wojcicki if her 5 kids were all from one husband on stage at The Dreamforce Conference. I am quite sure that Benioff of Salesforce and Travis Kalanick of Uber were asked anything surrounding their personal lives.