I was fresh out of college when I had my first real feminist moment at work. I discovered that one of my male colleagues at my retail job—a guy who had less experience in our field—was paid at a higher rate than I was. Completely agitated by this blatant inequality, I confronted our store manager on the sales floor. My boss, who was caught totally off guard, told me it was unprofessional to ask, let alone know, how much my colleague made. By not dignifying my question, he gave me the answer I needed: In order to grow, I would have to move on.

From that day forward, I have made equality a topic of conversation and a criterion for job evaluation as I navigate my career. I left a successful role at one company and took a job that paid me a dollar and change more per hour because I knew how long it would take me to close that gap otherwise. Over the years, I’ve built a fulfilling and prosperous career by standing strong on my feminist principles, and now I get to invest directly in the talents and futures of other womxn, without my questions hanging in the air, unanswered.

Feminist Propaganda by Ladies Who Create

Womxn in the world

While society has made some progress, such as the Equal Pay Act and similar measures, womxn across the globe still face an unfair amount of disadvantage and inequality. In my own journey, and in those of many other womxn, community makes it worth the fight. In these moments, we look to community to support our ideas and to stand with us when we need it. That’s where Ladies Who Create comes in.

Ladies Who Create is a forum for womxn and nonbinary creatives, built to foster deep relationships through connection and knowledge sharing. Our goal is to make everyone feel like they belong. We’ve built this global initiative to support womxn in their creative careers—at Dropbox and beyond. These efforts have been influential in reaching and maintaining equity within our design team, amplifying the voices of womxn, and providing support for career growth and development of professional skills.

Feminist movements

Introducing Feminist Propaganda

We are all at different points in our unique journeys, and we hope that by sharing these stories, you are inspired to push forward in your own fight for equality. In the words of Maya Angelou, “Each time a womxn stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all womxn.”

To push the conversation forward, we’re excited to introduce the first edition of Feminist Propaganda, brought to you by the incredible people of the Ladies Who Create community. It features the stories of talented, creative womxn who are navigating their own careers and journeys in New York, Montreal, San Francisco, Barcelona, Moscow, and beyond.

Welcome

For a sense of the range, read about Charlotte Ratel’s multidisciplinary approach to making images and Lori Novak’s commitment to fun. Learn how Emily Suvanvej brings nostalgia into her work and how Olga de la Iglesia trains her creative muscle. We will publish this series as an ongoing column that celebrates the work and identity of this creative community.

In the coming weeks, visit Dropbox.Design and @dropboxdesign on social media to follow along. You can also request a printed copy of our new magazine here. We hope this new publication sparks a light that fuels your feminist flame.

Cheris Kramarae
Cheris Kramarae, co-editor of the new Routledge International Encyclopedia of Womxn: Global Womxn's Issues and Knowledge, distilled feminism down into this single sentence

Note: We use the word womxn as an alternative form of the English words women and woman. Womxn explicitly includes non–cisgender women and functions in a manner similar to the words womyn and wimmin—as a rejection of the sexist etymology of the words women and woman. As we evolve, so too does our language.

The future is female
The future is female at the Womxn's March in Stockholm, Sweden. Photograph by Lindsey LaMont

Many thanks to the incredible crew behind this project: Kavya Sivaraman, Gabrielle Matte, and Erica Lopez, who made this series possible. Sarah Lin and Lindsay Schweigler for cultivating this community. Pedro del Corro, who designed the identity system for Ladies Who Create. John Mikulenka, LaDonna Witmer Willems, and Natalie Mason for being agents of quality. Our friends at PurePrint for making this project a reality. And to our incredible community, who believe in equality for all humans.

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