Being an ‘Only’: Reflections on Being a Woman of Colour in the Workplace


Being the only, or one of the only, women of colour in a workplace is a common experience for many. Experiences of being an ‘Only’ are wide and varied; however, the literature on the topic often focuses on the negatives associated with an Only status. Shashi Rajendra reflects on her own experience as an Only, including some of the surprising advantages this status provided her.


The gender pay gap has been a significant issue for many years. Despite the fact that it has been acknowledged by many, and even called to attention by notable celebrities, the pay gap is still prominent around the world. While this is partly due to outdated traditions and beliefs, there are other factors complicating the eradication of the gap. In an evolving society where women are increasingly independent and self-reliant, the issue of the pay gap arguably poses a larger threat than it did decades ago. Anushka Shah explores its sources.

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The term ‘Queen Bee’ is not an uncommon term, as it is used in contexts varying from high school cliques to workplaces. At work, both men and women use the term to describe women in higher-ranking positions. Interestingly enough, studies show that this is not simply due to a personality trait shared by all female bosses, but is instead a coping mechanism in response to the struggles they face in the workplace.  Anushka Shah details some of the challenges faced by women in leadership roles.

 Consumption, Capital and Critique: 

 The Commodification of Feminism 

The advent of feminism as a mainstream concept has brands scrambling to put out ‘woke’ items. As a result, feminism is now more than just a movement – it’s a trend. But when corporations exploit and co-opt feminist discourse for the sake of a brief slogan emblazoned on a (likely unethically produced) shirt, whose aims are really being served? Angela Le explores the ways in which the commodification of feminism may undermine its basic underlying goals.

 What Does Feminism Mean to You? 

Feminism is quite the buzzword nowadays, but it can mean very different things to very different people. Within the broader feminist movement there lie many definitions of the word, some at odds with others. Last semester, we asked a group of our writers to each describe their own conception of feminism. Here’s what they had to say:

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