UNDEFINED – Ashley Jones

As part of our UNDEFINED project, Ooh St. Lou will be sharing bios of the women featured in the original shoot.

Ashley Jones is a blogger at The Pretty Vintage Girl, and you should visit theprettyvintagegirl.blogspot.com to read her thoughts on #shoegate

Your name:

Ashley Jones

What do you do?

Project Manager and Photographer at Fish Eye Fun (www.fisheyefun.com), blogger at The Pretty Vintage Girl (www.theprettyvintagegirl.blogspot.com)

What prompted you to take part in the UNDEFINED project?

Like so many, I saw and was deeply disappointed by the STL Business Journal photo shoot.  I know so many remarkable women who have acted as my inspiration, support, and best friends, and not one of them would ever define herself with her shoes.  I know businesswomen, bartenders, shop owners, strippers, doctors, mothers, and photographers.  They are each incredible and individualistic, not to mention so much more than what they wear, shoes or otherwise.

I also loved the idea that any of us could be successful women, even if we’re not “successful” by traditional standards or titles.  Which is great, because for me, blogging every week is a success.  Showing up for work is a success.  Hell, knowing when not to show up for work can be a success!

What stereotyping have you faced in your career, and how have you handled it?

In my past life as a shipping and inventory manager, I often had problems with older men not recognizing my authority.  One in particular repeatedly asked me how old I was, if I was still in school (I was 29 at the time and had been doing the job for seven years), and would ask everyone else in the office for instructions instead of me.  I had to make it a point to continually and calmly remind him to check in with me and establish that I was, shockingly, actually the one in charge.
Ashley Jones
©2016 OohStLou

Where can people find out more about you/what you do?

You can find me working at a wedding most weekends in and around St. Louis.  I’m also usually to be found haunting local bookstores, vintage stores, and antique malls.  Online, I blog every week at The Pretty Vintage Girl (www.theprettyvintagegirl.blogspot.com).  You can also follow my selfies and all my pictures of dogs, cross-stitching, and food on Instagram at @redhead_vintage_girl

Anything Else?

Honestly?  I do have a lot of shoes, and I’m not about to apologize for a single pair.  But if you try to define me by them?  Well, we’re going to have a problem.

The UNDEFINED project explores and is a response to sexism in local media, for more information see our original post on the project. UNDEFINED will be on display at SOHA gallery in January 2017, visit the Facebook event page for more information on the show.

2 years ago

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