Women in the Workplace

For a long time, I’ve kept my head in the sand about women in the workplace. Personally, I had never really experienced sexism in the workplace and frankly, I figured most women really did get paid fairly and equally compared to their male counterparts. And since I’ve spent  most of my working life working with women, I never assumed men actually talked down to female employees.

 

Oh… how naive I was.

 

Recently, I’ve experienced the joys of womanhood. We truly do have to fight to move up in the workplace. Not only have I experienced it personally, I’ve seen other watched it happen to other women who work with me. Without going into details about the everyday banality of my life, I was truly shocked to experience such condescension toward me, while a male colleague received a vastly different reaction with the same information.

 

What do you do when your employer preached equality but consistently overlooks you for a promotion because “you’re doing great where you are?” It’s a tricky situation. You can stand up for yourself, call people out on their hypocrisies and lies… but then you’re the bitch. You can defend your brand and products, but then you’re the bitch.

 

Basically, the minute you open your mouth after someone dismisses you, you’ve sealed your fate as a bitch.

 

So go ahead. Call us bitches. Call us aggressive. At the end of the day, woman who are like this believe in something and are standing up for what they do and for what they’ve created. We know ourselves better than you know us and we can do the job you refuse to give us.

 

And call us bitches when we don’t laugh at sexism, ageism, racism, or whatever -ism just because you’re the boss.

 

Women, let’s wear the word “Bitch” like a badge of honor. When you’re the bitch, it simply means you get what you want and stand up for what’s right.

 

Just remember, us Bitches – real bitches, badass boss bitches – are kind, compassionate and loving, too.

 

bitches get stuff done

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Terrific Tuesday: Long Time, No Blog

By Megan Vick

 

Well, it’s been a minute since we last blogged. It’s shocking how life just happens and before you know it, it’s been 2 weeks! My sincerest apologies.

 

Over the last two weeks, here are few of our favorite things that have happened:

  • We signed up for Inspiralized.com emails! There are so many awesome vegan recipes (or veganizable) recipes using various veggies as noodles. Check it out!
  • The International Courts ruled in Australia’s favor regarding illegal whaling in the southern oceans. We’re big fans of Sea Shepherd, so this is a win for everyone – especially the majestic whales.
  • GMOs are becoming a popular topic for discussion for non-activists, politicians, and regular every-day folk. The more people talk & learn, the faster we can come to a resolution on labeling.
  • Veganism is consistently gaining acceptance and (dare I say it) popularity. Soon, there may be such a thing as mainstream vegan options across the country!
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier premiered to record numbers. The prevailing opinion at Shorganics is that it’s the best Marvel Avengers movie yet. We can hardly contain our excitement for Guardians of the Galaxy – due in August.
  • Game of Thrones premiered on Sunday, April 6. Although the episode wasn’t “The Rains of Castamere” (aka “The Red Wedding”), it certainly didn’t leave you feeling serene about the future.

 

With all of these wonderful things, plus the lovely spring weather which has finally arrived, 2014 is shaping up to be a banner year. Plus, we’ve been hard at work putting the finishing touches on our new line of Sugar Body Scrubs. Yummy!

 

 

Save BU Wrestling!

By Megan Vick

It’s no secret we support the Save BU Wrestling cause. What’s this cause, you ask? In 2013, Boston University announced they were dropping the wrestling program. Wrestlers, parents, BU faculty, and other BU athletes were outraged and the movement began. Now, athletes across the country are joining together to support the wrestlers and protest against those who made this decision. You can read more about why we support Save BU Wrestling on our post, The Value of a Team.

Here’s the History:

In 2012, New Balance (yeah, the shoe company) donated $3 million to Boston University for a proposed $24 million lacrosse field – before BU had a lacrosse team. New Balance just entered the growing market of lacrosse apparel – convenient, n’est pas? It’s mighty suspicious that a university with no lacrosse team gets a donation from a company who makes lacrosse apparel. The rest of the $21 million was fronted by members of the Board of Trustees.

Well, smack my booty and call me Judy… wouldn’t you guess that BU announced shortly thereafter they were adding a men’s lacrosse team (oh yeah, and a women’s crew team). And the new lacrosse field would be aptly named, New Balance Field. Luckily, the athletic department had a meeting with all sport coaches and the Athletic Director said no sports would be cut to accommodate the 2 new sports. A year later – BU announced they were dropping wrestling after the 2013 – 2014 season.

Title 9  Shenanigans

Don’t you love the word “Shenanigans?” It’s the best word to describe what happened when BU decided to add 2 new sports. A Title 9 expert reviewed the sports program at BU and found it was ridiculously out of compliance, which could cause a pretty hefty lawsuit against BU. Men’s Lacrosse would add 40 men to the program and Women’s Crew would add 15 women. This leaves an excess of 25 men throwing off Title 9 compliance. What’s a university to do? Add a women’s team? No, no – the university drops wrestling. That makes a lot of sense except for the fact that Boston University denied Title 9 was a factor when they decided to drop wrestling. The real conundrum occurred when the Athletic Director was quoted in multiple BU press sources and on a radio interview saying, “Title 9 is always a factor when expanding an athletic program and [BU] had to consider Title 9 in order to add lacrosse.”

Suspicious Ostrich

Suspicious Ostrich is Suspicious

The Future of BU Wrestling

As of right now, BU is starting to sweat the efforts of the Save BU Wrestling group. Not only are they vocal, but they have also created the Boycott New Balance movement opposing New Balance’s role in events leading up to the discontinuation of Terriers Wrestling. While the movements are strong on campus and through the friends and family of unhappy BU students, it’s important to encourage this effort in the vegan community. Two members of the Board of Trustees, David D’Allessandro and Kenneth Feld, are involved with SeaWorld and Barnum & Bailey Circus, respectively.

By all accounts, both SeaWorld and all animal-based circuses have a track record for animal cruelty (have you seen Blackfish?) and now these two organizations have members who are directly involved with the discontinuation of one of the world’s oldest sports at the country’s most expensive university (yes, more expensive than Duke!). There have been rumors in the BU camp to start a boycott of SeaWorld and Feld Entertainment, owner of Barnum & Bailey Circus. Knowing how long vegans have been actively boycotting these two groups, it only makes sense to join forces to show how powerful this pairing can be.

Be sure to check out the Save BU Wrestling facebook & twitter pages as well as the Boycott New Balance movement.

Share this – reblog it, Facebook it, Tweet it, whatever it is you want to do, share this with the world. Both wrestlers and vegans share the same mentality – Never Give In.

Never. Give. In.

Wrestling and Veganism

By Megan Vick

 

As a vegan, I like animals – it’s why I don’t eat them or stuff that comes from them. Because I like animals and believe they should be loved and cared for and protected, I don’t like SeaWorld and I don’t like any organization, like Barnum & Bailey Circus, using animals for entertainment. It’s wrong, cruel, and wildly unnecessary.

 

You’re with me on this, right? Here’s where two things in my life merge together in a way I never expected.

 

My father, Art Donahoe, is a Boston University alumni, wrestler, and wrestling coach. I grew up with wrestling, with wrestlers, and understanding the power a sport like wrestling can have on people and families of all backgrounds. In 2013, BU announced they were dropping their wrestling program. Heartbroken, the Save BU Wrestling movement was born. Recently, in a conversation with good ole pops, he mentioned that a member of the Board of Trustees was a chairman for SeaWorld and another member owns Feld Entertainment – parent company of Barnum & Bailey Circus. Dad mentioned this because he thought it would be powerful for people to boycott SeaWorld and Barnum & Bailey Circus due to the role these trustees had in wrestling being dropped from Boston University.

 

If only there were a group of people who actively protested against SeaWorld and Barnum & Bailey… If only these same people stood up for diversity, for teamwork and togetherness, for hard work and doing the right thing… oh, wait – vegans are EXACTLY the right people to help spread this message.

 

Perhaps an unlikely match up of the Save BU Wrestling movement and animal-rights activists, but here we are. By joining together to expose the (dare I say) corruption of BU Trustees and the blatant mistreatment of animals under their reign, we have the ability to make a powerful statement which benefits both people and animals.

 

Vegan friends, friends of vegans, animal- lovers, wrestling- lovers, I call on you to unite. Tweet this, Facebook this, do whatever other social media sharing you choose to help spread the word about Save BU Wrestling. Be sure to check out the Save BU Wrestling facebook & twitter pages as well as the Boycott New Balance movement.

 

Save BU Wrestling

 

 

Never. Give. In.

GMO’s Superweeds

By Megan Vick

 

For some time now, agricultural researchers have warned farmers about superweeds – weeds resistant to traditional herbicides, including glyphosphate. A researcher from Washington State University found a higher instance of superweeds in cotton, soy, and corn crops. Farmers today are using significantly more herbicides than they were in 1999, shortly after the introduction of the Round-Up Ready seed.

 

This update on an ever-present danger becomes even more interesting when a Monsanto spokesperson says, “Herbicide-resistant weeds began well before GM crops.”  While this may be true, the problem has only been exacerbated by herbicide resistant crops and more powerful herbicides. The viscous cycle of  Monsanto consists of farmers buying Round-Up Ready seeds, followed by copious quantities of herbicide (most commonly glyphosphate). When the superweeds pop up, the farmers have to purchase more herbicide to continue spraying the crops. Monsanto also will make an improvement on a GMO seed and the farmers will then have to buy new seed, often at a higher price tag. On top of all this, many crops have a “kill-switch” inside them which won’t allow pollination, so farmers cannot save and collect seeds season after season.

 

As research continues to point out, there is no reason for GMO seeds and crops. They have done nothing to end the hunger crisis in many countries and they have not reduced the price of food for Americans. Everyone has a choice and the ability to vote with your dollars. When you buy organic cotton clothing, organic soy products (or at least non-GMO soy), and organic corn and cornstarch, you’re telling your grocer, the manufacturer, and the agricultural industry that you do not support GMOs.

 

Namaste

Why the “V” Word is Dirty

By Megan Vick

 

Too many people have a visceral reaction upon reading or seeing the ‘V’ word. It means many things to many people, but almost all of those reactions are negative. Whether you turn up your nose and sneer, or stare confusedly when you try to process what the word encompasses, few people are supportive of the lifestyle, the community, and the label.

 

That’s right… it’s “Vegan”

 

Why does this word illicit such reactions in mainstream society? Is it the unknown and/or confusing lifestyle choices of vegans: not consuming animals, not wearing them, and not using animal-tested products? Doubtful. Is it the fear that vegans aren’t getting enough nutrition? Possibly. Is it the belief that all vegan food must be boring salads day after day after day? Maybe. Is it the preachy, pushy, holier-than-thou attitude of many well-intentioned people who are so passionate about the cause that they come across as butt heads? Most likely.

 

And yes, I just used the phrase “butt heads.”

 

“Vegan” is such a dirty word because of the in-your-face tactics of organizations who oppose animal-cruelty and of the in-your-face conversations of people who cannot fathom why society still consumes animals. But guess what? It’s a vicious cycle. The longer people choose to sneer at the vegan community and the vegan lifestyle, the longer organizations and people will have to keep fighting to be heard. The longer people believe vegan food is flavorless, the longer it will take to have mainstream vegan food across the country and the world. The longer vegans berate people with their beliefs, the longer it will take for meat-eaters to give a damn. Regardless of whether or not you are vegan, it’s wrong to sneer, judge, and discriminate against a person for his or her choices. Whether it’s race, gender, religion, politics, dietary choices, hair color, type of car you drive, who you love, music you listen to – we should ask questions to understand and to come together as a people – not further segment ourselves in an increasingly global society.

 

Seek first to understand, then to be understood. – Stephen Covey

 

Namaste.

Do Boycotts Really Work?

By Megan Vick

 

It seems like every decision we are faced with today is politically charged. Whether it’s Chick-fil-A, Monsanto, ConAgra, GoDaddy, or some other company, there seems to be a good reason for everyone to avoid buying from any given brand. With so many large corporations who own other companies, is there anything your dollars will really do by boycotting something?

Boycott Protesters

 

What is a Boycott?

A boycott is the act of abstaining from a brand, product, person, or organization as a way of protesting. The name comes from Captain Charles Boycott in County Mayo, Ireland. After poor harvests, locals shunned Captain Boycott as a way to protest the rent prices in a non-violent way. After a few short days, the name “boycott” caught on to describe the action.  Boycotts are legal and non-violent ways of protest, but the question remains: are they effective?

 

Yes

There are many examples of boycotts working for the desired outcome. Organized boycotts are, by far, more effective than an individual boycott. In 2008, consumers boycotted DKNY and Donna Karan until the company agreed to change labor standards. In 2010, United Students Against Sweatshops boycotted Fruit of the Loom and terminated contracts with the company. This was in response to Fruit of the Loom closing a Honduran factory after the workers had unionized. This example was, perhaps, one of the most successful in recent history.

Currently, you’ve probably heard about the boycotts against Monsanto and other companies that are against the labeling of GMOs in food products. California’s Proposition 37 is legislation Californians will vote on in November. This act will require companies who wish to sell their product in California (which is everyone!) to label any ingredients as Genetically Modified. Consumers believe by boycotting companies against Prop 37, there will be increased pressure for those companies to label GMO ingredients.

 

It’s Up to You

Although there are several boycott success stories, there are many examples of boycotts not working. The most effective boycotts have been when a group or organization issues a genuine boycott for a specific reason and has a specific end result.

Boycotts are a great way to vote with your dollars. In today’s world, voting with your dollars seems to be the only true vote that counts. Whether or not a boycott is successful is up to you and how you can help support it. If you believe in a cause, there is a good chance your like-minded friends will support the effort too. Share the cause on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. If there is something about which you are passionate and you can’t find a movement, start one! Start a petition or join up with an organization that may be willing to support your boycott. At the end of the day, the choices are yours.