We shared our personal story that led us to understand that we don't need permission to demand the respect that we deserve.
The Communicating Effectively workshop we developed in conjunction with the General Cable team invited both male and female employees to attend and discuss the differences in perceived vs. actual gender-based communication styles.
We asked the women attending our session what issues they are most interested in and concerned with related to being a woman in the workplace. We used their answers to craft a curriculum that was relevant, thought provoking, and engaging.
Many times when we talk about sexism, we talk about the subtle versions of it—the one’s where you walk away wondering, “was that…?” But in Julie’s case, there is no room to question, and we commend her for not only recognizing it immediately, but responding in a way that gave the offender pause. Julie, we can’t thank you enough for your passion for equality and your ability to demand the respect you deserve. Keep fighting the good fight.
This story highlights so many of the challenges (and disappointments) that come up time and time again in our workshops—a lack of awareness of what is offensive, inappropriate, and even illegal. I am so impressed by this woman and her ability to call out her boss, with whom she had a great relationship, to point out the fact that she was being treated differently based on her gender. Bringing this awareness to the forefront of someone’s mind is a huge step in the right direction toward equality. I also know that the practice of demanding to be respected and treated equally is just that—a practice. One we can and should all continue to work on, push for, and remember each and every day.