“Hey baby – wanna hop in my car for a ride? Why are you ignoring me? You don’t have to be such a b****”, “I’m sorry but you are just going to have to settle for the fact that you are going to get paid less even though you are doing the exact same job”, “Well it’s not because you’re a girl – it’s just men do this work usually”, “I don’t believe in feminism – we should work to make everyone equal and not focus on just women’.

Whether it is said out right or illustrated in actions and comments that you may not think are harmful – sexism in the workplace and the daily systemic structures that we encounter everyday, negatively affect Canadian women and women around the globe. Don’t believe me? Take a few minutes and read through the various stories below submitted by woman just like you, or if you are a man venturing into this section, stories that could have happened to your sister, or your mother or your partner. Who knows, maybe you as a man have engaged in these activities, or maybe you as a woman have been socialized to think that this is normal. The purpose of the ‘Working Woman ‘ project is to highlight that the current system is not all that there is. We do not have to settle for lower wages, sexist comments, and objectification – there is so much more than that if we are only ready to listen, learn, check one’s privilege and commit to change. So please, read on;

‘Jumping’ To the Conclusion That I Have Time For Your Sexist Bullshit

‘I worked in a restaurant, which of course came with multiple inappropriate looks/comments from customers, but more surprisingly to me came with many unwelcome comments from fellow staff.’ Read more….

Only A Pretty Face?

‘I will be ecstatic from my rave review about my hard work ethic and the quality of my photos and then the bomb drops ‘and she’s good looking too’. Read more….

I’m Worth the Same as You

‘It’s easy to bring to everyone’s attention when a male co-worker is making lewd comments towards you, but when the employer is so much subtler regarding their sexism, everyone just thinks you’re sensitive or picky.’ Read more…

The Girl Who Can’t Lift Shit

Fast-forward to my more recent work places, were I worked alongside men. If there was manual lifting to be, I am frequently told (I think as most females) “ohh let the men handle it”. Read more…
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The Woman Who Is Not Yours

‘Working with the public is always a bit dicy just in general. People are prone to assuming that you, as a front line worker are a little less than human since your job is to help them.’ Read more…

The Girl that Grew a Pair

‘I work in strong, male dominated environment. The ratio back then was about 75% men to 25% women. The environment was a “boy’s club” and if you played on the hockey team with the big bosses, you normally got transferred to whatever unit you wanted to apply for.’Read more…

The Girl Who Can Have Two Degrees

‘ I often feel as though I need to defend myself explaining what I am going to school for and how long I have been in school so that they believe me. ‘ Read more…

Please Take Me Seriously

‘As the biggest graduating class of females (six of us graduated) we stuck together to navigate the unforgiving profession. I remember a classmate who felt it was okay to constantly touch me in class. ‘Read more…

One Voice, No Regrets

‘ As the months went on, I recognized that the way the cooks were treating me has made me very uncomfortable and unsafe; from the verbal harassment and cussing, to the gossip and rule breaking of protocols at the workplace.’ Read more…

This is The World for the Working Woman

‘However, it wasn’t just the members who harassed me at work, the one time I did report was because of another staff member. The head chef at this golf club would come down the pro shop where I worked (which had nothing to do with food!) and would grab my hands and kiss them, would comment on my ass as I walked away. ‘Read more…

 

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If you would like to submit your own story please email your story and an anonymous alias to emily@creativeandchaos.com