Thank You not Sorry

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Pocket problems 

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I absolutely love wearing suits to work everyday, no sarcasm here, I really do!

I love the way that I look and feel when I where a suit.  I always feel powerful and accomplished.  Anytime I have gone in to work without a suit on, something just doesn’t feel right.

With that being said, I am constantly frustrated by the lack of pockets in womens’ suits.  Mens’ suits have deep pockets both on the outside of the jacket, but also some nifty hidden pockets on the inside of the suit to tuck cell phones, business cards, keys, pens, etc… I don’t understand why womens’ suits usually have only 2 puny pockets on the front of the jacket with little to no room to carry anything.

I have to assume that the reason for this is one of 3 things:

  1. Women should look fashionable and trim and adding pockets would create space for us to carry more things, thus making us look bulkier.
  2. Women don’t need to carry around as many things in the workplace as men do.
  3. No need for pockets, isn’t that what purses are for?

Obviously I don’t agree with any of these conclusions… but I can’t think of another reason.  As you can see in a picture of me below… me attempting to carry only my cellphone and keys looks ridiculous.  I end up looking bulkier and less professional because my pocket is too small to hold what I absolutely need for the day.

While this dilemma irks me on a daily basis, what really got me the other day was I tried on my brand new suit jacket that I got from my Stickfix order.  It was a beautiful black suit jacket.  I removed the stitching keeping the pockets closed and low and behold… there were no pockets… SERIOUSLY?!  I opened what should have been a pocket and it didn’t exist, just some fabric that went straight through the jacket… LAME!

If anyone knows of somewhere to buy a nice looking women’s suit with some decent pockets, please let me know!  I will never go back to anything else.

Something Disturbing Is Realized When Men Are Removed From These Photos…

Source: Something Disturbing Is Realized When Men Are Removed From These Photos…

To highlight the disparity in numbers between men and women in politics, Elle Mag did something drastic!

Despite efforts being made to equalize the workplace for both men and women, the world of politics largely remains a male-dominated environment. To highlight this disparity, the ELLE UK magazineremoved all the men in the pictures of politicians, leaving the meeting rooms and assemblies looking a bit deserted.

“The story of how women in positions of strength continually support and empower each other is consistently ignored while the myth that we pit ourselves against each other perpetuates,” reads the #MoreWomen campaign page on Elle. We want to change this narrative in our feminism issue and create a more positive conversation – to reflect the power of women, and to support and grow each other as we push for global equality.”

B Is for Bulldozer

My son is in love with trucks, cars, and construction machinery…every time we pass a bulldozer, train, bus, etc… he excitedly yells the name from  the backseat of the car and looks for more.

We have quite a few books about fire trucks, trains, planes, etc… and I have noticed there is such a lack of women in these books.  When reading to C he will point out all the boys and daddies in his books and I will try to find the most gender neutral looking characters and pretend that there is a Mommy or a girl in some of his construction books.

We recently found this gem of a children’s book at the library.  Nothing makes me happier than seeing a woman featured on almost every page, and doing the same work the men are doing.  I love hearing my son shout “Mommy” when he sees a woman driving a bulldozer and crane.