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Study proves that “ordinary” sexism does exist in business


Demonstration for International Women’s Day in Marseille on March 8, 2021. Illustrative photo (GEORGES ROBERT / MAXPPP)

This study was carried out in activist companies. Seventeen companies that are part of a collective, the collective #Steps, to stop ordinary sexism in business. Companies, they are 114 in total, who are committed to reducing sexism in their ranks. No less than 65,000 employees responded. They described what this ordinary sexism looks like. And the least we can say is that it is still alive. First, by professional inequalities. Almost all of the women respondents, nine out of ten, believe that these inequalities are still “very important.” Even the men agree. Two-thirds of them agree. But only 18% strongly agree.

First of all, they are jokes. Eight out of 10 employees say they are victims. Besides, three-quarters of men recognize their existence. These are also words that aim to question their ability to manage a team. Almost one in two women has heard these disqualifying words. They would not be able to manage a team: 44% of the women questioned. And not able to run a service or a business: 43%.

Three quarters of women have had to deal with negative comments associated with motherhood. But it is a subject which does not spare men! For them fatherhood is a source of prejudice. One in five men were told part-time was not for men and one in eight were encouraged not to take paternity leave.

95% of women say that these words lead to a drop in self-confidence and the same – enormous – proportion considers that this destabilizes her in her work. To change things, women are calling for better training, especially for managers, and a clear and strong discourse on the part of company directors.





Source site www.francetvinfo.fr

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