Focus on their substance, not style
The Oct. 2 Reliable Source included “Allison Williams says incarcerated students deserve Pell Grants, too,” an item about the actor speaking on a panel concerning helping previously incarcerated women gain educational opportunities.
Williams was described as “donning a black bell sleeve dress” and having her hair in a braided updo. I was surprised to read that she took to the stage donning such a dress, as usually people are already dressed when they are walking onto a stage.
More important: Why did her outfit and hair need to be mentioned? Former secretary of education John King, who introduced her, was not described in terms of his haircut or suit.
On a recent day, I sighed aloud when reading in Seung Min Kim’s Debrief column that professor Christine Blasey Ford spoke in a “girlish voice” while testifying before a Senate panel [“Contradictory stories, sharply contrasting witnesses,” news, Sept. 28]. Yet then-Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh’s voice was not described in a manner that made him appear childlike.
Let’s have The Post think carefully about choosing words that don’t focus on a woman’s appearance or voice and instead focus on her actions and the actual words she chooses to use. That’s one step in the right direction so that the fact that women hold up half the sky can be honored instead of women being marginalized.