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Women in the Workplace

  • 03/19/2020 9:54 PM
    Message # 8843950
    Brian Ballard (Administrator)

    Safe and supporting place to discuss issues women face in the workplace.

  • 03/27/2020 12:57 PM
    Reply # 8862440 on 8843950
    Brian Ballard (Administrator)

    Suffragists Raced to Secure Women's Right to Vote Ahead of the 1920 Election: https://www.history.com/news/suffrage-19th-amendment-ratification-election

  • 06/12/2020 9:19 AM
    Reply # 9032823 on 8843950
    Natalie M. Esparza

    I never thought I would have this happen to me, but at my last job after there was a reorganization, my new young male boss flirted with me during a one-on-one meeting when his door was closed. I was giving a presentation on the progress I'd made on our annual report and in the middle of a sentence he interrupted me and asked if I drank. I was taken aback because I was trying to present something and I said "sometimes, why?" He proceeded to tell me that it looked like I could use a drink and he was planning on taking me out sometime. I suddenly was very aware that the door was closed and had never been in a situation like this before. Also, the language he used made it sound like I didn't have a choice in the matter.

    I consider myself a strong woman and I was so unprepared for the moment I just kept presenting like he hadn't said anything.

    Not only that, but when I would try and hold him to deadlines we had all agreed to as a team he would joke that I had "yelled" at him even though I hadn't even changed my tone of voice. The confusing thing was that he always highly praised me for the work I did, and for how fast I turned it in.

    I was shocked to be treated differently than the rest of the team, for a while until the next hire I was the only woman and I felt it.

    I appreciate that at my new job, it is a very balanced and diverse team and I've never felt judged for my age or gender. I am thankful I made the change so I no longer feel unsafe.

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