A Zine About Gender Identity

This is what Stephanie Milani and Amanda Gillooly had to say about the zine they made entitled “Pronouns, Misgendering, and other related Trans* issues”. There is no link available yet, but hopefully there will be many hard copies made by next semester.

“Amanda and I thought this zine was important because although pronouns are used in every day conversation, they are not typically given much thought outside of feminist circles – unless that individual deviates from the norm. We felt it was important to shed light on the issues surrounding pronouns and other related issues that some trans* people face, such as the question of what bathroom to use. By doing this, we hoped to spread knowledge, understanding, and a new, deserving respect for trans* individuals.”-Stephanie
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WILL’s Pay Equity Day

As suggested by the title, I participated in WILL’s Pay Equity Day on April 16th.  Since completing the project and turning in my project proposal information has changed drastically.  At the time of writing the proposal, I had little information about the project itself.  I understood the main idea but I did not know how it would be executed.  For example, I did not know that in order to create awareness of Pay Inequality, WILL would be holding a bake sale.  To call it a bake sale is extremely specific and reduces the event as insignificant. To combat this, WILL used a chart that organized gender (only male and female were included),  race(only white, black and Asian were included) and organized these two categories against statistical information regarding pay inequality. The customer was then asked to self-identify for both categories and locate how much they make to a white man’s dollar.

One of my road blocks was not having the project leaders information.  During the first WILL meeting, I signed up for the Pay Equity Project but did not receive any emails in regards to it.  Too compensate, I sent emails to people in WILL that I knew such as Maureen and Kelly Broderick.  While both are extremely nice and helpful people, I did not get the information I needed. About a week before the actual date of the project, Ashley Sweet was able to get me the opportunity to meet and swap personal contact info with Narges.  It was at that point, I was able to sign up for time slots, and determine what I would bake.  Unfortunatly, my baked goods did not add variety, but the status quo as the 99% consisted of cupcakes.

Pay Equity was successful for both me and WILL, the message was well received and we were able to reach many people.  The proceeds went to charity, so the more people we recruited to buy a cupcake, the more money we made. I use the word recruited because I was able to corrale people to our table by use of my charm.  In other words, I screamed chants, made jokes and stalked people in much of the same way mall kiosk employees attract customers.  While I have trouble writing words on paper, I do not have difficulty steering people in my direction.  Many retail and customer service jobs refined my skills, allowing me to employ them at the bake sale.  Some congratulated my ability to talk to people, others thought I was harassing.  Either way, I enjoyed myself and the project.  I also had the opportunity to get to know Kelly Broderick and later Maureen which was very nice. If I were to do it again, I would make a different baked good.