Gender Avenger

**New to 2017**

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.

In a recent Survey Monkey poll we discovered strong interest among subscribers for in-person interactions.  60% said they would be interested in attending a GenderAvenger MeetUp. 

The Director’s Intern will work with the GA Team to develop a strategy to take advantage of this interest and take responsibility for the launch of a GA MeetUp network over the summer.  Aspects of the internship:

  • The GA Team primarily conducts business through email and phone.  There is no physical office.  Founder Gina Glantz lives in NYC and the MeetUp headquarters is in NYC so there is strong preference for the intern to have easy access to NYC over the course of the work period.
  • MeetUp will recruit a “buddy” from their staff to work with the intern.
  • There is an expectation that the intern will develop materials for use on the GA Meetup site and will generate a minimum of three MeetUp sites.  GA Team will identify and connect the intern to potential organizers in three locations across the country (likely NY, Los Angeles and Jefferson City, Missouri).
  • There will be regularly scheduled 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.

New York City, NY