The Traveler | Dolly Parton’s fight for women’s rights

When you think of Dolly Parton, many things can come to mind. From her assortment of big blonde wigs to her country music and of course, Dollyworld, Parton is widely known for her work in the music industry.

However, her success in her music isn’t the only thing that makes Parton who she is.

While people often don’t immediately associate her with the fight for women’s rights, Parton is a passionate advocate who has made great strides in the movement both inside and outside the studio. registration.

Themes of activism and overcoming hardship can be found in Parton’s music over the years. His use of implementing activism in his lyrics dates back to the 1960s in songs such as “The Bridge” and “9 to 5”.

Parton used the 1980 film “9 to 5” to help highlight the struggles women in the workforce faced throughout the 1900s and beyond as women became more prominent on the job market. the work market. The film covered many of the challenges women face, from the gender pay gap to sexual harassment in the workplace.

The film was on a mission to show women across the country on the big screen that they deserve to have rights and respect in the workplace. From script writing to the lead actresses, women were heavily involved in the film’s production.

The 2022 documentary, “Still Working 9 to 5,” which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March 2022, takes a look at the past 40 years since the release of “9 to 5” and how the world has evolved. gender inequality in the workplace.

In 2018, Parton was chosen to contribute to Jad Abumrad’s podcast album “27: The Most Perfect Album” which included songs on each of the Amendments. In recognition of the long-standing and won fight to allow women the right to vote, Parton’s song from the album was called “19th Amendment”.

“Being blessed to be a successful woman in business, I wanted to exercise my right to write about the 19th Amendment to praise and uplift women,” Parton said during an interview regarding the song’s release. “Of course I made a fun version of my song ‘A Woman’s Right’ and I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I, some good girls and some good guys put it together for you.”

Women’s rights aren’t the only topic Parton is willing to talk about. She is known for championing human rights movements, from marriage to racial equality. She even started Dolly’s Imagination Library in 1995 to help provide children with books to read.

Just as Parton used his passions to inspire others, Riddell’s passion for education and social media innovation inspires his fellow faculty members and students to find their passion in their work.

After earning a master’s degree in professional communications at Clemson, she began working in the public relations industry where she learned the importance of digital media. From there, she continued her doctoral studies. in communications and now uses his education combined with his industry experience to cultivate academic courses tailored to prepare students to enter the competitive field of digital careers.

“The UWF community is incredibly fortunate to have a colleague and scholar like Dr. Riddell,” said UWF Professor Dr. Adam Blood. “She continually created new and innovative opportunities for students to discover their passions and learn new skills.”

Blood says Riddell is not only highly respected among faculty, but also constantly invested in the mission of the communications department and the university.

“I constantly hear from others at UWF who have spoken enthusiastically about Dr. Riddell, her fun and engaging classes, and the support she provides to students,” Blood said.

For Riddell, the most rewarding part of being a professor is watching his students land their dream jobs.

“I teach because I enjoy interacting with students and I saw that I could help students learn in class what I needed to learn on the job. I was blessed with excellent teachers and professional mentors who allowed me to grow and succeed. I hope to do the same with my students and colleagues.

— Dr. Heather Riddell

Darien Hardy, a student at UWF, took several classes with Riddell throughout her undergraduate studies.

“She’s incredibly thorough in her lessons and she really cares about her students’ success,” Hardy said. “She was a supporting figure in my undergraduate program.”

Riddell continually seeks to increase the knowledge and literature surrounding digital communication as a researcher. She enjoys seeing the influence of digital media on people and society. UWF professor Dr. Christofer Fenner has worked with Riddell both in research and in the classroom.

“I have had the privilege of team teaching with Dr. Riddell every semester for the past two years and his enthusiasm and dedication to students is inspiring,” Fenner said. “Dr. Riddell is constantly revamping and updating her courses based on emerging trends in social media and her research, and she is passionate about student-centered education.

Fenner and Riddell co-authored two research papers together, “Hey Google: A thematic analysis of Twitter user feedback on the privacy of AI devices at home » and “User-Generated Crisis Communication: Exploring Crisis Frames on Twitter During Hurricane Harvey.”

“Dr. Riddell and I have very different writing and organizational styles, she is meticulous and will set daily writing goals where I tend to be more deadline-driven,” Fenner said. At first, I think it drove her a bit crazy, but we developed a rhythm that suited us and I still appreciate the focus, drive and creativity she brings to her work.”

Rachel Hyde, a UWF graduate student, was fortunate enough to take classes with Riddell at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Hyde has seen with his own eyes how Riddell continues to go above and beyond to provide his students with the resources to help them succeed, like the social media lab in the communications building. The lab is filled with equipment to help students create the best content possible.

“Dr. Riddell is truly one of the brightest souls in our department. As a student who had her in both my undergraduate and graduate years, I can attest to her ability to bring real-world and career-focused applications to everything she teaches,” Hyde said. “In addition to what Dr. Riddell brings to the table as a teacher, she’s also just a wonderful human with a smiling face that I always look forward to seeing around the building!”

Milena Ghtait is a graduate student currently working as Riddell’s graduate assistant.

“Dr. Riddell has been an incredible mentor to me,” Ghtait said. “I love how supportive she is of my decisions and how she allows me to have creative freedom when we’re working on social media content. “

Although she has yet to graduate, Ghtait already knows she will miss having Riddell as a mentor when it comes time for her to leave college. “She is extremely knowledgeable and I love working with her,” Ghtait said.

Writer’s reflection

Having transferred colleges amid the pandemic, I spent three of my five undergraduate semesters at UWF in an online bubble. I didn’t really know anyone and didn’t really need to. Every day I jumped online, took my classes from home and did my homework. When that day turned into the next, I repeated the process.

As someone who is naturally attuned to nonverbal communication, stepping into the frame of an in-person encounter and picking up on people’s nonverbal cues again was overwhelming.

Dr. Riddell was the first professor I met after returning from Zoom college country. I had taken it with her and Dr. Fenner’s asynchronous online course a year before coming to campus, but I thought the likelihood of her connecting me to one of her many online students during of e-learning was slim to none.

But I was wrong because she remembered me taking her course online, which immediately showed me how much she appreciated each of her students.

Keeping quiet and keeping a low profile in the classroom is usually my favorite, but I spoke more in Dr. Riddell’s class than anyone else’s. It doesn’t take long to realize that she not only teaches how to do a job, but gives students the tools they need to succeed. His classroom is a place not to criticize, but rather to engage in meaningful conversations and diversify your digital skills.

When I needed a consultant to help me with the investigative part of my undergraduate thesis, Dr. Riddell stepped in, no questions asked. Since then, she has been there, ready to help me anytime throughout my thesis process.

She always gives her time, expertise and support whenever needed and eagerly welcomes me into her office to discuss social media trends or strategize quantitative research methods.

Not only has she given me social media skills that I use regularly, but her consistent and genuine support in everything I do has been invaluable to my growth at UWF. His willingness to immerse himself in research and his continuous efforts to improve his program are more than inspiring.

I am beyond thrilled to know that I will have the chance to sit in her class again as a graduate student.

Sources:

Dolly Parton has been fighting the good fight for decades, Consequence Sound

Is there anything we can agree on? Yes Dolly Parton, New York Times