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COLLEAGUES IGNORE WOMAN DURING MEETING BUT WHEN MEN SPEAK, THEY LISTEN

As a young woman in tech, I oftentimes find myself as the only woman in group calls or group meetings. It is hard to report to senior management and manage developers at the same time when all of them are males

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Many times whenever I speak, they start using mobile phone and not pay attention. But if my counterpart (a male) speaks, they all pay attention.

I don’t have such issues in my previous department when there was diversity in gender and nationalities. Yup, nationalities & race seem to be dominated by a group of people in tech.

I am kind of losing confidence — imagine you are talking to a group of people and they obviously not listening. Makes you doubt your skills, your experience, your credibility.

Sometimes I want to call the person out, but will you call him out if he is the top boss of your company? What’s the point of asking me questions or advice if you straight away pick up your phone and not listen.

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Netizens’ comments

If the CEO is demonstrating the same misogynistic behaviour there’s no point going to HR. I wouldn’t stay in a company that treats me like dirt, and through careful research and interviewing you’re likely to find a new job with a better gender balance and more respectful behaviour.

For those in positions of privilege, I think it’s important not just to have basic human courtesy but to try and elevate those who you can see being passed over. Might be as simple as making sure their voice is heard at a meeting, or highlighting their contribution when it’s not obvious

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