I remember my very first experience with sexism in my workplace. It was a few years ago at a place I loved working at. Without getting into details, an opportunity arose for a group of both men and women to work on a project and present their work to a client. The group worked hard, day and night. After much admiration for the work, it our boss revealed that only a select few would present their work. All the men were selected, while the women were asked to stay back and brainstorm new Twitter content. Sounds thrilling, doesn’t it?
To be honest, when I heard about this, I didn’t really think too much about it. At least not until a close friend told me that this was a pattern, and it had been occurring even before I started working there. The women always did the work with the men, and were almost never selected to travel to present their work.
I remember thinking to myself ‘Ok, this is actually a thing. Happening to people close to me. Which means this could easily happen to me.’
I decided to get smart. I figured, if I prepare for something like this to happen, I’ll be ready to handle the situation and be vocal about my story.