A couple weeks ago, I received my pre-ordered copy of austinkleon's new book and eagerly devoured it in a single weekend. It's an easy read, full of clever observations and interesting quotes from notable creative types.
My only criticism — an unbalanced number of those quotes are from men — received a thoughtful response from the author himself. But I kept thinking about it, and after a quick scroll through my Tumblr archives, I realized that I was guilty of the same thing. Every quote I’ve shared over the last year can be attributed to a man.
International Women’s Day seems like a good day to think about where to go from here. If balance is important, I should be part of the solution. I’m not sure I should go an entire year without retweeting men, but definitely want to be more intentional about the types of media I consume and share.
I’m open to suggestions. How do you make sure you’re exposed to a sufficiently diverse selection of ideas, images, stories, and voices?