One of my work assignments for the week was to write about sexism in the cannabis industry. Dang, not a topic that I would have picked but I accepted thinking it would be easy. It was not easy. It took me 4 days to squeeze out less than 400 words, sweating over the idea that I might be sending anything negative into the world.
Have I had to deal with sexism in the cannabis industry? Totally. I don’t know a woman who hasn’t had to deal with it. That being said, I think dealing with it requires you to come from a place of personal empowerment.
Here is the full article…Thanks for reading.
Sexism In Cannabusiness
Sexism in the workplace is probably one of the least sexy things to have to talk about, and yet, it is a topic that comes up for women of all industries including those in cannabis. While sexism may be an uncomfortable topic it is something, especially as a woman, that is hard to avoid.
Let’s face it, sex is used to sell pretty much everything and it is common in our society for women to be objectified in print. Open any cannabis related magazine and you will see multiple examples of beautiful, young, women in sexy poses matched with the latest products for sale. How does this imagery affect us, our business, and our industry?
In the male-dominated cannabis industry, it is common to be the only female in the lunchroom and have to endure hearing sexist jokes, unprofessional sexual innuendos, inappropriate invites, and a general level of social unsophistication.
While one area of focus might be on men or society’s influence as the culprits, we as women play an important role in changing negative sexism around us. As business owners we are able to set social policies that do not tolerate inappropriate sexual conduct. As women we can respond to unwanted sexism from an empowered place and teach those around us how we want to be treated with a grace that still allows for business to exist. But how?
What is an effective way to react to sexism in the workplace when you encounter it? Is it good to react and speak up against it or hold your tongue in silence and let the moment pass?
How can we as women and business owners stand taller in our power to not allow the sexism that we are exposed to on a regular basis, negatively affect us, or our business environment? Not only that, how can we lead our industry to hold a higher standard of how we depict and treat women?
On Saturday, January 24th at the Red Lion Hotel in Bellevue, Washington the MJBA Women’s Alliance warmly welcomes Betty Aldworth, Executive Director for Students for Sensible Drug Policy as its keynote speaker. Together with leading women of the cannabis industry she will conduct an open and honest discussion of Sexism In The Workplace. All women are welcome.