and I think in large part it comes down to the inherent gender bias of visibility & authority in society which just repeats itself ad infinitum - from how we raise kids up to whose voice we trust as the truth in matters of society and politics etc.
There’s a word in Swedish which doesn’t really have a direct English translation; Opinionsbildare. It literally means ‘opinion former’ but it refers to people in power or visible roles - media, newsreaders, bosses, owners etc - the people whose word carries authority. The more you can relate to the opinionsbildare the more you believe that your own voice has authority. Unsurprisingly the vast majority of opinionsbildare are middle-aged white men so thus white men are gifted the inherent bias that their own voice/opinion/view of the world is the authoritative one & everyone else becomes ‘othered’
There was and still is a big campaign group in Swedish media to diversify as many opinionsbildare as possible in state media & private business in order to counteract this bias. Of course there’s an angry white men backlash but fuck that. I work quite often with young kids in the 7-12 yo age range and in a very short space of time the difference has been amazing when it comes to just how differently they are able to process ‘norms’ as being transient rather than a fixed part of society. They’re way ahead of their parents on this (mostly)
I guess they are a great example of positive direct action