gender stereotypes

ChangeMAKERS: No Dream Is Off Limits

Shifting from corporate America to the New York Fire Department proved to be a major culture shock for Regina Wilson. Upon joining the force in 1999, she became the 12th African-American woman in the FDNY's history and now is the first female president of the Vulcan Society, the African-American fraternal organization founded in 1940 to combat racial discrimination among firefighters. In the final ChangeMAKERS installment, Cristen and Caroline learn about Wilson's battle against sexism and hostility -- one she wages in order to do the job she loves and bring other women and people of color along behind her.

Pocahontas and the Indian Princess Myth

The Pocahontas myth has perpetuated the "Indian Princess" stereotype since the 17th century. Cristen and Caroline explore how this stereotype mangles the true history of Native American women and mythbust the Disney version of Pocahontas.

19 Attractions on the Map of a Woman's Heart

Women's Work: Mechanics

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women comprise just 2.4 percent of auto mechanics and 1.8 percent of automotive service technicians. That automotive gender gap probably has something to do with the long-held stereotypes of cars as men's-only machines (we did an entire podcast on the history of that, in fact). But that doesn't mean all women don't know their way underneath the hood of a car, as evidenced by these vintage lady mechanics, which I refuse to call by the terrible nickname "grease girls" (which kind of just sounds like the Pink Ladies from "Grease" anyway).

7-Second Sex Stat Debunked