I was reading Stephanie Klein, one of my favorite bloggers, and I noticed that she was at the recently held Blogher conference in San Francisco. This conference began in 2005 to help female bloggers gain exposure. I've only been blogging for a few months and it is extremely helpful to learn about these conferences and to navigate the web to read other women's blogs and learn about their experiences with blogging.
It is nothing new that there are glass ceilings that women have to try to break through in order to be on level footing with men. When I was in law school, and then when I was working as an attorney, I heard more than one woman say that "you have to work twice as hard to get half the recognition" as a male student or associate.
While I was practicing, of course I was aware of the so-called glass ceiling but as a Latina attorney, I just never even let it bother me. I was accustomed to being usually only one of two to three women in a [conference] room and almost always the only Hispanic in the room. The only time I felt out of the loop was when people started discussing sports - I'm totally clueless on that front. In any event, I wasn't really prepared to find the same stereotype of the "glass ceiling" online. In fact, I never even thought about it until I came across this New York Times article.
I'm not THAT naive. Part of the reason why I never thought about it is because I'm so new to this whole "blogger" thing. I barely even know how blogger really works and I'm still getting a hang of code and settings, layout, etc. (I'm hoping to make some changes to the blog in the coming months...) There are so many blogs out there - too many to even keep up with on a daily basis. There are a lot of blogs that I follow (see left) but beyond reading them, I've never gotten much into the politics of actually keeping them and how a blog written by a man is different, better, worse, more respected, followed, etc. than by a blog written by a woman. Clearly I have a lot to learn. Luckily, it's not a race and I've got plenty of time.