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Sexism in the Workplace

Sexism, as defined by UNICEF, is prejudice or discrimination based on a person’s gender. Though anyone can be a victim of sexism, women are targeted more frequently. One of the common places that sexism is seen is through the workplace. No matter what kind of job or employer you have, sexism manifests itself in different forms, which can make people feel extremely uncomfortable. Often, sexism in the workplace is not reported due to the lack of consequences perpetrators face. However, sexism should be seen as a bigger deal, as it is a learned behavior. Sexist behavior is linked to terrible stereotypes about gender roles. We see these awful stereotypes again and again in our media, stemming from the media that many of us grow up around. Though sexism isn’t as blatant in the workplace anymore, there are quite a few examples that, when noticed, must be called out to prevent more incidents from occurring. Examples of sexism in the workplace include role stereotyping in which a man will make assumptions about the abilities of a woman based solely on the fact that she is a woman, devaluing a woman’s ideas unless backed by a man (also known as ‘mansplaining’) as well as the gender wage gap. However, we should begin to stop sexism from being common at a young age by removing gender stereotypes from video games and movies. Also, holding boys accountable and stopping the use of the “boys will be boys” excuse can prevent accidents happening in the workplace. By doing the following such as: calling out people on sexist behaviors, not validating them for making sexist jokes, and question assumptions about ability made solely on gender.


Jackie Kwan

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