Gender Avenger

GenderAvenger is an online activist community dedicated to ensuring women are always part of the public dialog because women’s voices count.

The theory of social change behind GA is that individual action backed by a community with shared values and the perception of power can affect change.  To date, the focus has been on encouraging individuals through social media to make their appreciation known when there is strong gender balance and their disapproval heard when there is not.

GA has recently garnered substantial press around the issue of all male keynote speakers at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show.  (Fast Company CES Fast Company Part 2 AD Age CES AdAge Part 2)

In 2017 GenderAvenger intern, Tanya Devani, worked with us to launch Meetups.  We started Meetups as a result of a Survey Monkey poll which revealed that GA supporters were interested in meeting each other, including a majority who said they would attend a meetup or other local gathering.

GenderAvenger strategies continue to evolve. The 2018 internship may continue the effort to expand the GA network of Meetups across the country or the internship may focus on a new Boston based effort to create a GA Massachusetts initiative. 

The Director’s Intern will work with the GA Team to develop a strategy to take advantage of off line interest and take responsibility for specific events. Aspects of the internship:

  • The GA Team primarily conducts business through email and phone.  There is no physical office.  However, in 2017, our intern worked out of the Meetup Headquarters in NYC, which could be a possibility in 2018.
  • There is an expectation that the intern will develop materials for use off line and, working with local organizers will generate activity.
  • There will be regularly scheduled in person or skype meetings with GA Founder, Gina Glantz.
  • The intern will participate in GA Team conference calls to gain an understanding of the ongoing activities of the organization.
  • Intern should have strong interest in gender issues.  It should be noted that GA is non-partisan and conducts no political activities.
  • Preference will be given to rising Juniors and Seniors. 

The following is an overview of GenderAvenger.  The website is the best way to learn about the organization.

GenderAvenger focuses on the presence of women on conference stages, on significant lists, in publications, on-screen, wherever gender balance is an issue. Attention is given across broad categories, including finance, higher education, tech, politics, arts and culture in the belief that any dialog missing the perspective and expertise of half of the world’s population is simply incomplete. 

The success of GA is rooted in its simplicity.  The clarity of its mission and the user-friendly tools it provides to individuals to take action has powered GA growth and impact.

Call for Individual Action. The GenderAvenger Tally is an app available on all platforms that allows the user to create a pie chart by simply inserting the hashtag of an event or list and the number of men and women.  The resulting chart can be instantly posted to Facebook or Twitter or sent anonymously to GA, if the sender is uncomfortable being identified.  After verification, GA posts and tweets anonymous submissions.  The average time spent creating and sending the chart is under two minutes.  Selected GA Tallies are featured in a weekly Action Alert newsletter providing opportunities for GA community members to use their social media outlets to amplify and reinforce the positive and negative messages.

The GenderAvenger Male Pledge.  Men are a critical component of the change GA seeks.  The Male Pledge provides the opportunity to agree not to appear on any panels where there are no women.  The GA pledge has attracted a number of high profile individuals, including Garrett Boone, the co-founder of the Container Store, Ron Fournier, nationally known author and journalist, U.S. Senator Bob Casey,  U..S. Congressman Don Beyer, and Keith Mestrich, President of Amalgamated Bank.

GenderAvenger (GA) was founded and incorporated by Gina Glantz and Susan Askew in October, 2014. The organization received IRS approval for its 501.c.3 status in November, 2015.


2017 Intern Reflection:

This summer, I had the opportunity to work with GenderAvenger (GA), a nonprofit advocacy organization determined to build a community dedicated to ensuring that women are always part of the public dialogue. GA’s mission is to call out the underrepresentation of women, whether it be on conference stages, on significant lists, in publications, or on-screen. The GA Tally allows individuals to record and share the gender (im)balance they encounter in their everyday lives, and the GA Pledge gives them the opportunity to publicly commit to not serving on panels where no women are present.                                                                

My main responsibility as an intern was to help launch a GenderAvenger Meetup network. Offline extensions of GA’s thriving virtual community, these Meetups offer the GenderAvenger community a chance to physically connect with each other, and create an action plan for effecting change in their communities. Working directly with GenderAvenger’s incredible founder, Gina Glantz, I developed materials to use on GenderAvenger’s Meetup site, identified and connected with potential organizers across the country, and helped set up GenderAvenger’s first three Meetup chapters in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

I also participated in weekly conference calls with the rest of the GenderAvenger team, represented GenderAvenger at the Ellevate Network Summit, and wrote a blog on gender inequality at One Day University. Since GenderAvenger does not have a physical office, I worked out of Meetup’s offices in New York, and it was the most relaxed, welcoming, and fun office I have ever worked in.

Tanya Devani '19 

Advocacy/Policy, Research, Communications/Press