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. The focus is 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.

2018 was a year of extraordinary recognition and growth for GA. An oped written by Gina Glantz (actually in December, 2017) appeared in USAToday and another co-authored by Morra Aarons appeared in Fast Company in July. Fortune’s The Broadsheet had exclusive coverage of the introduction of a new version of the GA Tally that included women of color. David Leonhardt gave GA a shout out in his NY Times column. Most recently, Gina was quoted extensively in a Fast Company article about the release of speakers for the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show.

We saw 33% growth of Twitter followers and 12% on Facebook.

The primary target of our activity is conferences. Often we feature events suggested by GA subscribers. Other times the GA Team picks conferences that have some history with us. It is time for GA to have a more organized approach to its selection of conferences to feature, including research into their history and their leadership. We hope to connect more directly to the organizers in order to encourage display of GA Stamps of Approval and, on the other hand, reaction and action around GA critiques of speaker line-ups.

The Director’s Intern will work with the GA Team to develop a strategy to take advantage of our increased notoriety to gain attention from leadership of conferences that will be featured in GA communications. Aspects of the internship:

  • The GA Team primarily conducts business through email and phone. There is no physical office. However, in the past interns have met with Founder Gina Glantz once a week and this year are invited to work from her home in New York City (Manhattan) on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The intern will also work directly with Women Online that manages GA content and guides its social media.
  • 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.

Involving Men. 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.

Recognizing Excellence. GenderAvenger Stamps of Approval. Recognizing the importance of acknowledging organizations that provide strong gender balance in their public events and publications, GA created criteria for Stamps of Approval. Gold stamps require 40%+ women, including 50% women of color; Silver stamps require 40%+ women, including 40% women on color and Bronze stamps require 40%+ women, including 30% women of color.

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.

2018 Intern Reflection:

The Gender Avenger team is small, composing of myself and around 6 other people. Because of this, I have gotten to know everyone well and have completed work I would not have done at a larger company. Some projects include creating a college outreach plan for the company, testing out new facets of their iOS app, and finding a list of conferences for the next year to target.

Anne Mills '19

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