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Reader’s comment: Quit ‘cha whining

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In response to Caroline ffiske: How can women bosses expect funding if they don’t apply for it?,

Mina Christina wrote:

There are plenty of women here, across the pond, as well. And there are also several women’s organisations and foundations for women starting up in business and entrepreneurship: American Business Women’s Assoc., ColorComm, Elevate Network, National Assoc. for Professional Women, and the Women’s Business Exchange are just a handful of the places women can go for help.

‘We are brought up to be compliant.’ I, also, don’t agree with this sentiment. Maybe if you were born in or before the 1950s-1960s, came from a strict religious household, or were bred to help on the farm. Otherwise, women haven’t been ‘keeping their mouths shut’ ever since I’ve been old enough to remember. How can they claim women are being discriminated against, when only 4 per cent are applying for funding? When I worked on the Board of Trustees, if we wanted funding, in the form of donations, grants, or other, a business plan would be written up, along with an application to the organisation or person(s) we are requesting that funding from. Because, we knew, if we didn’t ask, we would not receive. What is so difficult about that?! I am also offended by this whole sentence: ‘The women who benefit tend to be white, middle class, able-bodied, heterosexual and cisgender.’ Um, I am NOT just a molecule, nor do I like being referred to as a ‘cis’ anything. Differentiating between ‘cis’ and ‘trans’ is foolishness. I’ll take being ‘on this side’, as opposed to ‘that side’, any day. And it certainly does not help their cause. If more than 4 per cent expect to get funding, they MUST do the hard work and apply for it according to the guidelines given. It is that simple! Until then, quit ‘cha whining. Or as Archie would tell Edith in All in the Family: ‘Stifle It!!’

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