1. Caitlin, her grandmother, and her mother all consider themselves feminists, but they get into heated conversations about the kinds of work that they, as feminists, should do. For instance, Caitlin’s grandmother, Dorothy, still lobbies her church and local organizations in order to make sure that women can be ordained and are getting hired as often and men. Caitlin’s mother, Linda, runs a “women-only” health and maternal care clinic for survivors of intimate partner violence and teaches classes at the civic center in town to men and women about “respecting the maternal.” Caitlin is an organizational consultant who helps organizational members of all gender identifications to understand the ways in which their organizational experiences are gendered and connected to power.
Utilizing what you know about the different “waves” of feminism, identify and explain four possible sources of disagreement between these three generations of feminists: Dorothy, Linda, and Caitlin.
2. Tall, handsome, white, and privileged, Robert was also, from a young age, very intelligent. His mother told him he almost had “all the right stuff,” but needed to work on becoming more extroverted and social. His teachers thought that he needed to bolster his self-confidence and, occasionally, learn how to explain concepts more simply so that his classmates wouldn’t perceive that there was too much of a difference between him and them. Answer the following:
A. What assumptions about leadership did these adults most likely have?
B. What are some criticisms that can be made regarding these assumptions about leadership?
3. In the book Raising the Bar, Clif Bar CEO Gary Erickson spends a great deal of time writing about his company’s mission to make the best energy bars, as well as the extensive human relations orientation of his company: as a company, they go on bike rides, sponsor athletic teams, have breakfasts every Thursday morning, and play a lot. Answer the following:
A. What element or elements of “meaningful work” best describe these non-work elements of “working” at Clif Bar?
B. Sometimes when students read Raising the Bar, they decide that they would not want to work for a company life Clif Bar. Identify and describe three possible reasons for their reluctance to work at Clif.