Yea, This #AskHerMore Campaign is Pretty Freaking Awesome

23 Feb

ask her more

Last night I learned about the #Askhermore campaign, and as a young professional woman, I have to say that I couldn’t be happier about it. It freaking rocks.

So for those of you who are sitting there like, “what the heck is this #askhermore thing”… open up a new tab on your computer, google #askhermore, and then come back and finish reading this.

Okay, so why is this important? I think it’s pretty obvious. The #askhermore campaign is a movement that’s meant to raise awareness and to cause reporters to ask not-so-fashion-related questions on the RedCarpet. Instead of just commenting on the jewlery that’s being worn and the designer gowns, this social media campaign is asking that we place more emphasis on the amazing work that these actresses are doing.

Now sure, I’m the first one to say that I love fashion. I like pretty things. But do I think that the talent these women possess should have to be overshadowed by society’s interest in their ability to pick out a pretty outfit?

Not so much.

Us women are so much more than our outfit-coordinating skills. We’re smart. We’re powerful. We have tons to offer. And it’s a shame really that when we enter the workforce, we’re often looked at…up and down, the general perception being that a negative correlation exists between our intelligence and the height of our heels.

If we dress well, we can’t possibly be smart. If we’re fashionable, we’re obviously just trying to impress the men.

That’s really typically the general perception, and I’m telling you…it’s bullshit.

I’ve dealt with it before. I’m quite confident I’ll deal with it all my life. But I can promise you that I’ll fight it every step of the way.

Like the story I’ve told before about my college professor. Why is it that if I have nice legs I can’t be taken seriously?

So let’s start treating women like the well-rounded individuals that they are. Let’s ask women about the things that inspire them. Let’s ask them about their goals, their passions, their careers. Let’s ask them about the struggles they’ve overcome. Heck- ask them about the things that excite them. But don’t just ask them about their outfits. Let’s be a little more creative.

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5 Responses to “Yea, This #AskHerMore Campaign is Pretty Freaking Awesome”

  1. Rebecca Meyer February 23, 2015 at 9:08 pm #

    I’m so happy to hear about the #AskHerMore campaign. I wrote a post a couple days ago about how our beauty and physical appearances become more of the focus instead of who we are. As a society, that needs to change. And the changes need to happen in the media especially.

  2. Steven A. Branson, Esq. February 24, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

    Kayla
    Great that you are getting the word out on this!
    It is not really related, but I felt really good seeing Sleater-Kinney in concert instead of watching the Oscars – they have a much better message!
    Keep it up,
    Steven
    http://www.millennials-money.com
    https://millennialsmny.wordpress.com

  3. Tess Brigham February 24, 2015 at 4:06 pm #

    Thank you so much for writing about this. I had not heard about “AskHerMore until now. I didn’t see the red carpet at the Oscars but I guess many actresses refused to be a part of the “mani-cam” and pose on the pedestal to be photographed from all angles. Yes – the changes need to happen in the media – they set the tone.

  4. Brianna Wagenbrenner February 24, 2015 at 8:13 pm #

    I was also so happy to hear about #AskHerMore! Buzzfeed summed up a few great responses: “Ryan Seacrest asked Laura Dern about her cute jewelry. She told him she was wearing her ring to support LUNG CANCER AWARENESS.” http://www.buzzfeed.com/arianelange/best-supporting-actress-not-best-supporting-dress

  5. Dia March 25, 2015 at 5:26 pm #

    I couldn’t agree more with the #Askhermore , you constantly see the shallow questions women are asked, how certain programs will spend 90% of their time speaking about a woman on her appearance or clothing but hardly comments on a man’s clothing. I think if we keep seeing actress and female politicians who turn the conversation to more important topics and educate the media we can see a huge change that will be great for future generations of women.

    For example Emma Stone are the Oscar nominations ceremony when the reporter yelled “you look great” and she sarcastically said, “That’s all that matters” (I may paraphrasing it’s been a while since I watched the clip.)

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