Author: Lauren VanGenne

#IDid Get An Education: #MeToo’s Double Standard

Preface: Generally speaking, I am not a ‘bra-burny’ type of woman.  I don’t see gender.  I see people.  I don’t see race.  I see humans.  In reality, I’m not a great feminist – if at all.  (Maybe that makes me a great feminist, in that I’m not out to provoke or ‘bigger-better-best’ anyone – I’m not sure.)  Personally, I find it hard to identify as a feminist/gender diversity champion/whatever you want to call it, because I live my life by simple rules: Do your job to the best of your ability. Listen to learn – every single person you...

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One Man’s #MeToo Revelation:  #IDid

For one man – a fellow colleague and dear friend – this movement effectuated a visceral reaction to seeing nearly every female connection on his social media outlet, posting ‘#MeToo.’  His post was not an admission of guilt of direct contribution to perpetuating the misogynistic mentality that permeates today’s culture.  It was a real and genuine introspective look into his own viewpoints and actions, on his previous relationships and how he is committed to change. Here is an excerpt from his heartfelt post: “#IDid have unhealthy views towards [the act of, and the opposite] sex – both casual and...

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#MeToo Movement is NOT New

Unless you’ve been living under a rock this past week, you’ve been bombarded with the latest viral, social media hashtag, #MeToo. This social media hashtag was in response to verbal coercion, sexual misconduct and rape allegations of film producer and co-founder of Miramax Film Studios, Harvey Weinstein.  Most recently, the #MeToo campaign has ignited a firestorm of, not only support, but a platform to display the magnitude and prevalence of occurrence.  A platform in which those victims’ voices may ring out, in a booming chorus of solidarity. #MeToo is nothing new. Decades of fed-up and abused victims, young and...

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Reducing the Gender Gap with Geologist Greg Noah

With the ever-unintended – almost severe – sternness in his gaze, Greg, ever so stoically, turned to me and announced, “Lauren, you’re staying as a senior hand.”  His eyes began to twinkle and, as they softened, his face thawed into a collection of charmingly gleeful smile lines. Meet Greg Noah – Wellsite Geologist, former lecturer at Memorial University (MUN) in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and my own, personal offshore gender diversity champion and mentor.  Greg graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in 1979, and a Masters in Business Administration in 1988.  I have had the pleasure to work with...

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A Letter From The Editor

“You are allowed to be, both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously.” – Sophia Bush Our readership at Women Offshore is comprised of an incredibly diverse collection of professionals – men, women, mothers, fathers, captains, geologists, engineers, mates, executives, scientists, officers, technicians – the list is ever-growing. The one thing we don’t have enough of, are voices. Your voices.   Your voices have already reached us from almost every corner of the globe:  Norway, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, the Netherlands and Spain, to name a select few!  And, they are your voices that have resonated so deeply with...

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