But women who see themselves in the company of the others on the cover will think they have to be an actor, politician, or activist to change the world.
Markle had sixteen spots and didn’t put a single female scientist, engineer, or business executive.
female forces for change who grace markle’s cover include Six actors, three models, three activists, a prime minister, an author, and a boxer.
Nearly all the actors and models are also activists.
This sends a terrible message. It’s an extremely narrow conception of how a woman can be a force for change in the world. For all its perceived feminism, it basically reinforces gender roles.
Not to take away from or trivialize the accomplishments of the women who made the cover. But why didn’t Meghan Markle put a female computer coder on there? Or inventor? Or CEO? Doctor? Astronaut?
I’m not saying any of the women on the cover don’t deserve the accolade. But could we also show a profession that requires some math skills? If your daughter aces her differential calculus exams and learns how to code C and Python , she can conquer the world.
Meghan Markle could have included Safra Katz, the CEO of Oracle, or Indra Nooyi, the former CEO of PepsiCo. She could have included Christina Koch, the NASA astronaut who just logged the longest spaceflight by a woman in history .
She could have included Barbara Liskov, the Turing Award-winning MIT professor of computer science . Or Tamar Nachmany, an iOS app developer and e-commerce platform engineer . She says :
Technologists are deeply optimistic… the tech communities in which I take part are full of people who ask themselves, ‘What can I make? How can I help? ‘They really believe change is possible.
Now that’s a message your daughter’s never going to read in Vogue.
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This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth
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