Invisible women

Men consistently perceive more gender parity in workplaces than their female colleagues do. In a recent Ghostbusters piece, the Daily Dot examined some facts:

  • woman in group of men“A recent study that examined the ratio of men and women in groups “found that if there’s 17 percent women, the men in the group think it’s 50-50. And if there’s 33 percent women, the men perceive that as there being more women in the room than men.”
  • “Another study showed that men are so used to dominating the discourse in a mixed-gender setting that a group needs to be 60 to 80 percent women before women start occupying just as much time in the conversation as men. In spite of all this, men continue to perceive that women take up more space in group discussions.”
  • “Australian feminist Dale Spender theorizes that this happens because men aren’t comparing how frequently women speak to how frequently men speak; they’re comparing how much women speak to how much they think women should speak. “The talkativeness of women has been gauged in comparison not with men but with silence,” she explains. “Women have not been judged on the grounds of whether they talk more than men, but of whether they talk more than silent women.”

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