It was considered a career suicide to speak up so I kept quiet.
If I were to complain, I wouldn’t have a career in my industry.
After Charlotte Proudman’s challenge of work-based, institutional sexism recently, a number of women have been telling their stories of similar experiences.
Are you shaking your head at them too? Well, you should be.
No, it’s not a compliment; no, it is not just playful banter; no, we should not just ignore it. Yes, it is a symptom of an inherently sexist social system; yes, it is humiliating, silencing and damaging; yes, it can ruin careers.
Collected by the guardian:
My manager told me that he wanted to move my desk by the door so that customers would have something pretty to look at when they walked in.
—[We were] told that we had to wear skirts because we worked with bankers, and our clients liked to see legs.
I’d also have to endure male colleagues discussing younger women, assessing their outfits and cleavage.
Examples here include one teacher asking boys if they’d like to see me in a bikini.
One day when he entered a room and my back was to the door, he said “wow, you look sexy from behind.
I was told that female managers have two ways to manage, either with their charm or their tits.
Source and many more: Sexism at work – your stories: ‘if I were to complain, I wouldn’t have a career’
(Excerpt etc. first posted on. Orig. attribution above.)