The Everyday Sexism in STEM project has been created to provide a platform for women and their male allies in STEM to document the instances of sexism that they face and observe everyday. This is a forum where all stories are welcome, from the most outrageous displays of gender discrimination to the most subtle and normalized. It is our hope that documenting these stories will expose the myth that sexism in STEM is uncommon and will provide the women who experience it with a sense of community. By sharing here, you will provide evidence that gender bias is real and ubiquitous, you will let other women know they are not alone or isolated in their experiences, and you will establish that it is okay to talk about it:
Daniela recommends the following next steps:
- ENEMY #1 You know him. I know him. He’s the Manterrupter: a guy in the conference room who interrupts while you’re explaining an idea, only to deliver his version with booming authority; or the dude in your group project who interjects, only to make you lose your confidence. Think Taylor and Kanye, circa 2009. Data shows that men in professional meetings are more likely to speak and interrupt. Women — especially non-white women — are twice as likely to be interrupted by both women and men.
- (1) Play verbal chicken: Stay strong and just keep talking. “The key is to prevent him from getting a word in while simultaneously acting like you are the chillest person in the room,” Bennett writes. (2) Lean in: Literally. Place yourself in the closest physical proximity to where the important conversations are being held or decisions are being made. That way, you’re right in the action. (3) Womanterruption: Have your girl’s back by asking her to finish. Interrupt a Manterrupter on behalf of your fellow woman when she’s interrupted. Lead the conversation back to its origin!
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