The use of assertive language in the workplace is a pressing feminist issue, and the 'Exponent Keyboard' from designer Roya Ramezani is a typing tool that aims to help women tackle the issue. The oddly shaped typing device features all the letters and punctuation of a normal keyboard, but it also includes bright orange keys with preprogrammed words that are assertive, helping women in the workforce to avoid the tendency towards deferential language.
The Exponent Keyboard has a unique shape inspired by Thomas Hansen's turn-of-the-century 'Writing Ball' typewriter, which had a surface that arranged the keys in a spherical formation. By using that oblong, sphere-like shape, the Exponent Keyboard allows women using it to grip the keys and feel more powerful. Further, the orange keys on the tool include words like "agree", "state", "claim", and "coach" -- language that's strong and assertive.
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