"You Can’t Be What You Can’t See" - The Changing Views of Women in Stock Images
The New York Times published a really interesting article last week on the evolving depictions of women in stock photos.
It showed the most popular (top selling in terms of downloads) images from 2007 through to 2016, and illustrated how the nature of the top images have changed - from naked models to images of grit, achievement and determination. These changes were driven in part by the Lean In Collection, which has, as it's unofficial tagline, the title of this post.
This is really positive. In an environment where all too often, our sisters, wives and daughters are subjected to both explicit and implicit messages that diminish or negate the substance of who they really are, the message of the article and images give us hope that things are getting better.
Yes, I realize we aren't where we need to be and there's plenty of work still to be done. yes, I realize that our kids are still fighting implicit biases.
But I do feel things are improving. Especially when I speak with kids today.
And when we can see what the potential is, we can then expect to be all that we can be.
It's a fantastic read that I thought I'd share here. Please check it out.