As part of our UNDEFINED project, Ooh St. Lou will be sharing bios of the women featured in the original shoot.
What do you do?
One part Marketing Specialist at Caleres, one part Co-founder and Blogger at SomethingLou.com, all parts busybody.
What prompted you to take part in the UNDEFINED project?
The better question is probably WHY WOULDN’T I? I was among the many St. Louis women who found the St. Louis Business Journal article not only be sexist, but also a huge missed opportunity to talk about the bad-ass women those ladies really are. As not only a young professional myself, but also a woman of color, I clicked the link to that story to be inspired. Instead I got the equivalent of a Cosmopolitan quiz article.
When I was tagged on Susan’s request for participants by the lovely Emily Gavilsky, I immediately wanted to be a part of this conversation. Women everywhere can defined by so much more than the boxes society puts us in. In my portrait I chose to be pictured with my running medals from finishing two half-marathons because these are among the proudest moments of my life. They are a reminder that I’m not defined by any stereotype, and that I can do anything if I just try hard enough.
What stereotyping have you faced in your career, and how have you handled it?
I’m a 27-year-old who looks like an 18-year-old college student. I still get carded for lottery tickets if I’m not wearing my wedding ring. While I know I will love appearing way younger than my age when I’m 40 or so, right now it often means that respect and trust are never something I get out of the gate. In the workplace, I can easily be seen as the intern. As a result, there are times when the things I say get taken with a grain of salt. To combat this, I have learned to speak with purpose. If I’m speaking up in a meeting, it’s not because I feel like I need to, it’s because I really and truly have something to say. As a person who tends to tell a joke in any situation, I had to learn to put that in check from time to time to be taken seriously.
I truly believe that a place can only get better if the people who love it, believe in it, and want to see it change, stay and be that change.
Where can people find out more about you/what you do?
Having what I’ve self-diagnosed as Busy Body Syndrome, I very willingly wear a ton of hats. My favorite being the co-founder of SomethingLou.com. Something Lou is a lifestyle blog that celebrates a love for all things St. Louis. It’s a blog for those new, old, and anywhere in between who at some point found themselves “stuck in St. Louis.”
It’s our platform to let you know that you’re most certainly not stuck! Whether you’re looking to get submerged in history, meet your friends for drinks, or just get involved and volunteer, this city has something for you. And it’s our mission to show you everything we possibly can to make you love the Lou as much as we do! You can follow us on Instagram at @Something_Lou or (and!) like us on Facebook at Something Lou. You can also follow me on twitter at @RashidaDinehart.
Anything else we need to know?
You know the saying, “be the change you want to see”? That is how I feel about St. Louis. I truly believe that a place can only get better if the people who love it, believe in it, and want to see it change, stay and be that change. I live in St. Louis not because I always have, but because I believe in the city it’s about to become!
The Undefined project explores and is a response to sexism in local media, for more information see our original post on the project. UNDEFINED will be on display at SOHA gallery in January 2017, visit the Facebook event page for more information on the show.