Gina Glantz - Passionate and Passionate

What are your “and” words and why? Passionate AND Passionate. I don’t want to make a distinction between masculine and feminine descriptors. Categorizing my attributes into gender differences gives too much credence to differences and provides for too many opportunities to compliment someone on the basis that she is “strong” or he is “compassionate” based on a fact they adopt attitudes associated with binary choices.

What you are known for saying / a quote from you. What does this quote mean to you, (or if it’s from someone else, why does it inspire you)? “Better than a stick in the eye.” Look for the positive in disappointing situations and make a plan to move forward.

Which other Ladybadasses inspire you and why? Wendy Sherman - There is no tough situation which she is unwilling to face and make better. My daughter and daughter-in-law for their amazing mothering while working and making the world a better place.

When did you first realize that you had some Ladybadassery in you? In 1968 women were relegated to a small cell-like room to await their male hosts before they could enter any part of the NY Harvard Club.  Once "escorted" you could go to the main dining room and some other areas. I don't really remember which other areas; I do remember the ban on women in the bar area. The entire experience always bugged me and, happily, the man I was dating (ultimately my husband of 50 years and counting) was also annoyed by the discrimination.  So, one day we decided to just walk into the bar together to see what happened.  My recollection was we were greeted by some gasps and a bartender reminding us that I was not allowed.  I am pretty sure we just sat down in protest for a few minutes and then went on to have dinner in the main dining room.  Today the "women's waiting room" is the coat check area and women roam all the spaces of the building.

What keeps you motivated on days when you aren't quite feeling like a Ladybadass? Having so little time, with so much to do. I have often said that "those of us with short horizons want to make the world better for those of you with long horizons.”  Moving to NYC and being able to spend more time with my grandkids motivates me to go beyond my usual haunts. For instance, I of course know who David Bowie is, but going to the David Bowie exhibit with my grandson who is a HUGE fan was fun. And attending a lecture on why large mammals became extinct was something I wouldn’t have done, but another grandson cares so I was interested. Getting up every day and thinking about how GenderAvenger can make a difference.  Having spent all too much of my career on the sidelines of main stages, the notion that I can help put women on stage, on lists, and out front in the public arena is, indeed, motivating. An important part of my motivation is knowing what I will learn in the new world of communications and the new people I will meet.  

What is your advice to other women who are trying to tap into their Ladybadassery? Dare to demand. Don't keep to yourself what you know you deserve.  Be brave about speaking out on injustice you see.  Be secure that truth telling will ultimately result in bettering whatever you are revealing. This comes with a caveat.  Don't simply demand.  Be ready to command, as well.  Don't hesitate to take charge even if you don't think you are ready. A lot of women of my age suffered from wanting to be sure they could do something, or having the right degree, or figuring out how they could manage their lives and the opportunity before them.  Become a Ladybadass through asserting what needs to be done, and your readiness (no matter whether you think you are or not), to lead to get it done.

Gina is a serial organizer/shit stirrer/campaign tech innovator/grandmother, and the founder of GenderAvenger, a community dedicated to ensuring women are always part of the public dialog. She also speaks on “7 Reasons Why It's Important to Make Old People a Part of What You're Trying to Achieve” here.