Yesterday I was listening to two university sophomores talk about their future. One said that she wanted to be involved in a job that helped children who are victims of abuse. The other said she wanted to marry someone who made a lot of money so she could stay home with her (future) kids. My response: “If you think that will make you happy and fulfilled, that’s great. But I hope you also start thinking about a Plan B in case it doesn’t work out the way you expect.”
This is a photo series of women who are engaged in work that may not be considered “women’s work” by many.
The photographer wrote about his reasons for doing such this project:
“In a sentence, what’s your message?
Gender should not determine professional opportunities.”
“I was raised to believe that I could do whatever I wanted to when I grew up. I want pass down a similar message to my children and without caveats. I want to raise my children knowing that their dreams have no limits and that they have parents supporting them to dive into anything they feel passionate about.”
Some recent news articles about women in the workforce in Japan:
- “Japan’s efforts to make it easier for women to work are faltering” (from the Economist)
- “Women have been named to some of Japan’s top posts, but the country still lags on female empowerment” (from the LA Times)
- “Digital strategist believes female entrepreneurship is future of Japan” (from Japan Today)
- “Japan’s single mothers face poverty trap” (from CNN)
- “Japan’s first female photojournalist, 102, honored with Lucie Award” (from the Japan Times, along with this older article that will tell you more about her: “Pioneer photojournalist blazed trails for women”)