Surely in this era of MeToo, the technology industry cannot be so deep-seated in the dark ages to have outdated views on sexism in the workplace? Wanting to find out more about the stories which sit behind these statistics, we spoke to a number of talented women from the industry to find out more about their experiences of sexism in the workplace. Previously working outside of the tech industry, her role evolved into Business Analyst BA and Product Owner and she soon found her gender to be an issue.
Aside from subtle day-to-day comments, there were some more serious occurrences which stood out to her. One occasion that stands out to me is when I had a member of a development team question me about a specialist work-related issue for several minutes and refuse to accept my explanation and solution to it.
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I was confident in my abilities and knowledge of the area. Sexism plays a part in every industry, every workplace. The comedy circuit, for example, has long been known for its male dominance and lack of opportunities for women. It used to be that the men did the stand up, and the women sang or danced in between.
It was unheard of that a woman could be funny. Such is her frustration with the sexism women are still facing in , she has partnered with CWJobs to come up with witty, work-appropriate comebacks to common sexist comments women in tech have reported to having heard in the workplace. When faced with sexism, women are often caught off guard, only thinking of what they should have said or would like to have done in hindsight.
Why not be agreeable? Sexist men respond well to this. Humour them with your dainty, obedient ways! I will of course expect paid leave for this necessary maintenance work. Marie Curie, for example, is merely a figment of our imaginations. A mythical creature. Pay me more and I shall see what I can do. Because that could easily be arranged, tractor. Or am I in fact an adult who happens to be female who is telling you the truth?
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This book is a call to arms in a new wave of feminism and it proves sexism is endemic - socially, politically, and economically. But women won't stand for it. The Everyday Sexism Project is grounded in reality; packed with substance, validity, and integrity and it shows that women will no longer tolerate a society that ignores the dangers and endless effects of sexism. In after being sexually harassed on London public transport Laura Bates, a young journalist, started a project called Everyday Sexism to collect stories for a piece she was writing on the issue.
Astounded by the response she received and the wide range of stories that came pouring in from all over the world, she quickly realised that the situation was far worse than she'd initially thought. Enough was enough. From being leered at and wolf-whistled on the street, to aggravation in the work place and serious sexual assault, it was clear that sexism had been normalised. Bates decided it was time for change. This bold, jaunty, and ultimately intelligent book is the first to give a collective voice to the protest against sexism.
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This game-changing book is a juggernaut of stories, often shocking, sometimes amusing, and always poignant - it is a must-listen for every inquisitive, no-nonsense modern woman. Welcome to the fourth wave of feminism. What made the experience of listening to Everyday Sexism the most enjoyable? Listening to Everyday Sexism is not enjoyable, but I feel that it is necessary.
I thought that I was pretty well informed on the trials and tribulations of being a woman in the modern world but I now realise that I actually didn't have a clue. I've never had to take breaks from a book before due to the oppressive weight of the content, nor have I encountered an experience that was this unpleasant that I continued on with simply because I recognised the importance of hearing it. What other book might you compare Everyday Sexism to, and why? I've not read anything comparable.
How does this one compare? This is not a comfortable book to listen to, it's not uplifting or joyous but in a clear and identifiable way it unpacks those little moments in any given day that happen as a result of sexism: The decision you make to take a different route to work so you don't get catcalled, the blame you place on yourself for lewd comments because of your outfit, the vulnerability of being a woman in the 21st century and, most gut wrenching of all - the blind eye that is ever-constantly turned.
Hearing in the authors voice the astonishment, bewilderment and sobering sadness of her research, and of the the thousands of women who came forward with stories to tell is profoundly enlightening and evocative. I was originally recommended this by my university age cousin and I can't stop talking about it - can not recommend enough!
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This book enraged me because of what it discussed and how far we still have left to go. It was difficult at times to stay hopeful that anything will change, but Laura Bates has done a commendable job of organising her theses and supporting them with horrifically true stories from the Everyday Sexism project. She is also a terrific narrator and did a great job. Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Lots of good information. Who was your favorite character and why? Good to hear the views and experiences of a large number of women.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be? We are in it together. Time to change. This didn't just make me sad, it made me angry.
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Laura Bates did a great job narrating her book too, I laughed and cried and would love to read more from her. This book is shocking, saddening, optimistic and a complete call to action. Please listen to it and encourage others to. I have heard it almost in one go. Review: everyone needs to read this book now!