Presentation Title

No Snatch in the Patch

Format of Presentation

15-minute lecture to be presented April 1, 2017

Location

IB 1010

Start Date

1-4-2017 4:15 PM

End Date

1-4-2017 4:30 PM

Abstract

Considering recent, rather drastic changes in society, it is somewhat of a shock that phrases like ‘No Snatch in the Patch’ are still used. The first time I heard this phrase was on my first day of work in the oil and gas sector from my boss. It summarizes the prevailing attitude of working in the oil patch and how women are traditionally viewed in this setting.

70 years ago women were not allowed to work in this industry, in fact – women were just breaking into industry! “Equal pay for equal work” was the struggle after WW2 and many companies enforced sexist policies on the hiring of women, making it extremely difficult to change our cultural views of gender in the workforce. Thankfully, we’ve made progress with time and the extreme views on gender placement in society are evolving year to year. This presentation reviews gender roles in the Oil and Gas industry; highlighted throughout are examples of these great strides society has made towards gender equality. Gendered cultural roles are changing and everyone participates in this change.

Due to the transformation happening in gender norms, women are infiltrating male dominated fields. In this instance of change, it’s not easy to overcome what society has deemed as ‘normal’ for your gender. This lecture will focus specifically on women in the oil & gas industry; how they are viewed, their experiences, and how culturally defined male and female environments are evolving with gender equality.

Department

Journalism Communication and New Media

Faculty Advisor

Terryl Atkins

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No Snatch in the Patch

IB 1010

Considering recent, rather drastic changes in society, it is somewhat of a shock that phrases like ‘No Snatch in the Patch’ are still used. The first time I heard this phrase was on my first day of work in the oil and gas sector from my boss. It summarizes the prevailing attitude of working in the oil patch and how women are traditionally viewed in this setting.

70 years ago women were not allowed to work in this industry, in fact – women were just breaking into industry! “Equal pay for equal work” was the struggle after WW2 and many companies enforced sexist policies on the hiring of women, making it extremely difficult to change our cultural views of gender in the workforce. Thankfully, we’ve made progress with time and the extreme views on gender placement in society are evolving year to year. This presentation reviews gender roles in the Oil and Gas industry; highlighted throughout are examples of these great strides society has made towards gender equality. Gendered cultural roles are changing and everyone participates in this change.

Due to the transformation happening in gender norms, women are infiltrating male dominated fields. In this instance of change, it’s not easy to overcome what society has deemed as ‘normal’ for your gender. This lecture will focus specifically on women in the oil & gas industry; how they are viewed, their experiences, and how culturally defined male and female environments are evolving with gender equality.