Hold a Conversation

“Everything’s a story – You are a story – I am a story.”

Frances Hodgson Burnett

At Change The Story, we believe that what lies beneath the troubling statistics about the economic status of women in Vermont are stories that we have been told and tell about ourselves, stories that we believe and stories we act on.

The first step in changing that story is hosting a conversation.

You can now use a set of CTS Let’s Talk Gender Cards to have a conversation with friends, colleagues, family, a book club, etc.

Request your cards!

Cards are free. Request a pack today and get conversations going at your workplace, book group, or someplace else!

“This went really well at Rhino. We had 8 people participate and it was nice to have a focused discussion on gender but also have it wander and follow what people wanted to explore and share. It felt like a safe way to engage in a conversation about gender that we don’t have enough of. I’ve already had someone suggest that we host these on a recurring basis and let people come in and out of the conversation over lunch time–so lots more to explore in how to use these as an engagement tool!”

Each Pack Includes:

Host Instructions

DID YOU KNOW? Cards – 19 cards  chock full of data from CTS reports

LET’S TALK! Cards – 16 cards with questions to get your conversation started.

DEFINITIONS and INFO Cards – To use before and after conversations. (Specifically: Gender Norms, Gender Binary, and Implicit Bias)

How to Host:

Invite a group of friends, co-workers, family members – anyone! – to have a conversation.

Aim for fewer than 10 people. If you are hosting a crowd, consider breaking into small groups for discussion.

Think about people with multiple perspectives. Consider inviting both women and men.

Snacks and drinks help get the conversation going.

The rest of the instructions can be found in the Conversation Cards box!

About the Cards:

These materials are adapted from the Gender By Us™ toolkit created and produced by The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio and used by permission. We thank our colleagues in Ohio for their excellent work and for helping us start conversations in Vermont.

Data on these cards are drawn from CTS’ four status reports on women (2016-17) and, unless indicated, reflect information specific to Vermont. They are drawn from U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey data or were compiled by CTS staff.

Feedback Please!

We want to hear your thoughts on how we can improve our conversation cards. We also want advice we can pass on to hosts to make future conversations more powerful. Please tell us what you think:

1. Take a quick online survey before you leave the conversation (Got your phone?) Go to changethestoryvt.org/survey.

2. Don’t see a question on the survey that fits your input? Curious about our initiative? Need resources? Tell us how it went, give us feedback, ask us questions at info@changethestoryvt.org.