Don't be an assertive employee. Don't be a timid employee.

300 USD

15% of proceeds will be donated to Womankind (, nonprofit dedicated to helping survivors of gender-based violence to rise above trauma.

YEAR 2018
MEDIUM Acrylic ink 
EDITION Original artwork
FRAMED In white

Each artwork was created after having a conversation with a woman about her gendered contradiction. This is part of a series called Defying Dualities. Learn more about the work here: www.takeupspacebybng.

Don't be an assertive employee. Don't be a timid employee.

“When I interacted with women, I didn’t soften my approach. I was really just softening my approach with men. One day I realized I would become childlike and almost flirty. Like “Oh haha you’re so funny.” What the fuck am I doing? Why am I doing this?

I enjoy working in a collaborative setting where everyone’s voice is heard and I find that being labeled as an aggressive female, I don’t have as many opportunities to work in such a capacity whereas maybe a man would.

I really wanted to do well in my job, but I felt like the male dominant powers didn’t want me to have a voice. And I didn’t want to victimize myself, but at the end of the day, I think, shit I really think it was because I was a woman." –Natalie Z.