Spring 2018

Notebook Entries

Notebook #1

5b. Have a conversation with a community leader that is related in some way to your community organization. What are the expressed needs or concerns of your community organization that still warrant a response? How have these needs already been addressed with rhetoric? How might you further address these needs in fresh, innovative ways? What are the most pressing rhetorical considerations you'd face while addressing such needs or concerns?
I went and talked to Sam about gender equality. I talked to her about gender equality in the work environment. We discussed there is still a discrepancy between how much a woman is getting paid compared to how much a man is getting paid for the same position. Men are still getting paid more than women are. As a society we are working on closing that gap. There are already big businesses that are changing their ways and paying men and women equal; such as citi bank. She knew in Iceland they have passed a law stating men and women will be paid equally starting this year. When will America get there? How do we get there without it taking several years? Women make up more than 50% of the population. How could we be discriminating against more than half of the population? In this generation we are moving away from the men being the bread winner of the household. There are many women that are now the bread winners of the household and still taking care of the children.

Notebook #2

5i. Use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or Pinterest as a way to explore how people communicate messages/information about your issue. Try posting some information about your issue and then pose some questions to your audience. What happened? Explain why you think you received the answers/feedback that you received. Create a Wordle word cloud with all of the responses OR create a collage of the photographs and other information that was offered.

What is gender equality to  you? I asked this questions to my peers and they posted some pictures that represented what they thought was gender equality.

It was interesting on how many people felt with this topic. I thought I was only going to get a few responses, but the decision started to explode. Gender equality apparently is a sensitive topic for some, there were some heated discussion as well because people feel so passionately toward it.

Notebook #3

5e. Write down an abstract question about your issue that you would most like to explore through creative writing. Freewrite about a group of events, people, organizations, places associated with that question. Meditate on the question, alternating your meditations with the actual event, people associated with the issue, and the causes/effects of the issue, etc. After your freewrite, explore sources that could help you flesh out your exploration of the question.

Why haven’t we made more progress towards equaling the pay gap between men and women?

A common theory for the wage gap is that women are not asking for pay increases. In a study conducted by the University of Wisconsin, the University of Warwick and City in the United Kingdom, and the University of London researchers found that women are asking for pay increases at the same rate as men. The study also showed that women were not asking too early or that women were not aggressive enough. The study found that women under forty years old received pay increases at the same rate as men under forty years old. The researchers concluded that the similar approaches by men and women to pay could be because more women are considering themselves the breadwinners of the household.

Cohn, Laura. “Women Ask for Raises As Much As Men Do-But Get Them Less Often.” Fortune, 6 Sept. 2016, fortune.com/2016/09/06/women-men-salary-negotiations/.

Cauterucci, Christina. “Women Ask for Raises As Much As Men but Are 25 Percent Less Likely to Get Them.” Slate, 7 Sept. 2016, www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2016/09/07/women_ask_for_raises_as_much_as_men_but_are_25_percent_less_likely_to_get.html.

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