Despite the global progress made for gender equality, systemic and subtle discrimination against women still exists. The unwritten rules that accompany traditional gender roles have been embedded in the fabric of our human story, crippling our creativity, expression and wisdom. Through the Eyes of a Woman offers a present-day rally for a new and lasting wave of feminism that aims to uplift and empower all marginalized people and create an inclusive spectrum of possibility.
Through the Eyes of a Woman chronicles several occupations and how women are represented. Each chapter unfolds through memoir, historical and statistical data and interviews with women who offer a personal, in-depth look at the insights, struggles and triumphs they face in the world. One chapter features cereal box heroes. Another details women comedians. Other chapters observe the male-female division of Michelin chefs, Nobel Prize winners, skydivers and more.
2011 Nobel Peace Prize Winner
“Women must be courageous…Injustice against women will not stop unless there are voices rejecting violations against women and their rights. I have always told women, ‘Be annoying! Your rights will only be obtained by disturbing men, society and the government.’”
First woman to officially run the Boston Marathon- 1967
"Fifty-eight percent of all participating runners in the United States are women, which is not just a throw away statistic, that shows a social revolution."
(Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Legend...)
"Actresses are objectified. That’s kind of what you’re offering.
That’s part of the job."
Michelin Chef | Top Chef Season 9
"When I stepped into the position (as head chef to replace Chef Paul Wildermuth at the acclaimed restaurant, Opera) and required certain standards, there was a whole riot against me from the cooks, who were mostly male… It was ridiculous. I went above and beyond what my former chef did. It’s very clear to me that there’s a double standard for women because of the culture. We’re supposed to be the ones serving the males."
US World Champion Skydiver
"I had to prove I was there (in the Golden Knights) because I’m one of the best. I wasn’t there just to be a token female."
Kim Lenz, the queen of traditional rockabilly music, is a dynamic performer who rose out of the Dallas rockabilly scene in the 1990s with her band, The Jaguars. Lenz quickly established herself as an Americana star. She has since expanded her sound with more recent albums that have showcased her love of old-school R&B, Western swing, and country. Despite Lenz’s success, she’s faced plenty of gender discrimination in the world of music. “I went to college after the second wave of feminism. We thought all the work had been done for us, but all these years later, it’s still not done,” Lenz said. “It (being a musician) has been an uphill battle for me at every single point of my career. I’ve let men get away with bullshit all my life.”
Aside from more male musicians, Lenz has seen more males in every role in the music industry, including music reviewers, booking agents, club owners and all aspects of record production. “People think it’s (the music industry) so equal, but do you think there’s ever been a record that hasn’t had a man working on it? Either in sound, artwork, manufacturing, music, songwriting, mixing, mastering, or public relations? Nearly everybody in the music industry is a man. They believe there’s no way you can do this without them. On the flip side, has there ever been a record that has not been touched by a woman? Yes, almost all of them.”
The biggest problem Lenz routinely faces is with the sound technicians. She claims in all the thousands of shows she’s done over the years; she’s only met about two women working sound. “There’s a fight just about every night with the sound guy. It starts with them trying to go to one of the guys in the band instead of talking to me. When the guys say, ‘You need to talk to Kim,’ they roll their eyes. I talk to them in terms they’ll understand, but they look at me like I’m speaking another language.”
Lenz recalls one sold-out show in Spain in October 2019, where the sound technician refused to listen to her requests and put a limiter on her voice. Three songs in, he turned off the limiter and shifted some other levels. “By the end, it (the sound) ended up being golden. He gave me a big hug and told me I was right all along. It doesn’t always end like that. I think in their deep subconscious, men are afraid of a loud woman on stage running things.”
Lenz enjoys touring, but being on the road has its share of difficulties. “As a woman on the road, I have to put up a wall around me. I have to protect myself constantly. I think if I had a daughter, I wouldn’t send her out doing what I’m doing – not without a bodyguard.”
Of course, one of the biggest conflicts for female touring musicians is taking time off to have children. “Women who don’t have kids, have more successful careers, while men don’t have any dip in their careers from having kids.” Lenz stopped touring for seven years to raise a son before returning to the stage.
For Lenz, one of the best parts of being a musician is hearing the comments from other women after a show. “A lot of women (are) glad to have me singing, writing my lyrics, sharing my voice. The more women do this, the more we can see the possibility that’s out there for women.”
Deanna Reiter, MA, an award-winning speaker and trainer, provides personal development and leadership training to individuals and organizations. Deanna’s gravitational pull toward exploring the world on long spiritual quests has resulted in winning a marathon, hiking the entire Appalachian Trail, working as a Fulbright Exchange Teacher in Istanbul and shaving her head to live in an ashram in India. She resides with her family in Minnesota and enjoys meditation, yoga and breathwork. She has questioned gender roles since the age of 5, while sitting in Catholic Mass and wondering where all the female priests were.
Deanna Reiter, Author of Thirty Days Through the Eyes of a Woman
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