The Many Little Things Women Experience at Work and Men Don’t

woman at workBeing a business owner is one of the major attributes of a Mocha Mogul and the great part of business ownership is building up your business revenue to the point that you can quit your job if you have one or that you don’t have to worry about looking for a job. Unfortunately for some women, the workplace is still very much a part of their lives and with a job come many unsettling things, if you’re a woman.

According to Jenna Goudreau, writing for Business Insider online, professional women in the workplace have the challenge of fighting an enemy they can’t see. Discrimination has taken a much more subtle form and is harder to see but it still exists.

The following are the subtle ways women are still treated differently at work:

If women are assertive, it can be seen as aggressive. “It’s a Catch-22,” says Sonya Rhodes, Ph.D., a psychotherapist and author of new book “The Alpha Woman Meets Her Match.” “Whatever women do at work, they have to do it nicely. But the more you back off, the more they don’t take you seriously.” Women have to walk a thin line between being too nice and too forceful.

When women are successful, they’re often called “bitchy” and seen as less likable. In one well-known 2003 study, business students were given two identical resumes, one using the name Heidi and the other Howard. “Howard was judged as terrifically competent, but Heidi was judged as bitchy,” says Rivers. When the experiment was repeated 10 years later, the woman was found to be slightly more likable but less trustworthy than the man. 

Women are more likely to get lower initial offers. In another study using identical resumes, female scientists were offered a starting salary of $26,500, and men were offered $30,200. “Hiring managers will offer a slightly lower salary because they think they can get away with it,” says Rhodes. And because women are often so grateful to get the position, she says they are less likely to negotiate the offer, which compounds and perpetuates the cycle of lower pay.

Women are less likely to get credit in group projects. When men and women work together, the men are more likely to get the credit — even if she did the bulk of the work and he’s junior, says Rivers. It may be a combination of men being assumed more competent and women not actively taking credit for their work. “Women undersell themselves, and people undersell women,” adds Rhodes.

Women are assumed to be incompetent until they prove themselves. As Linda Hudson, former CEO of security and defense company BAE Systems, recently told the authors of “The Confidence Code“: “I think the environment is such that even in the position I am now, everyone’s first impression is that I’m not qualified to do the job. When a man walks into a room, they’re assumed to be competent until they prove otherwise.” Women, however, are automatically assumed to be incompetent.

Read more at Business Insider Online


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