Woman Claps Back At Her Sexist Male Co-Worker, And Inspires Others To Share Their Own Stories

"Literally all I wrote on this paper is I'm not your secretary."

Despite how hard women have fought for equal treatment and how far we've come, women still experience sexism at work every single day. 

"Women are almost half of the workforce. They are the sole or co-breadwinner in half of American families with children. They receive more college and graduate degrees than men. Yet, on average, women continue to earn considerably less than men. In 2015, female full-time, year-round workers made only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 20 percent," according to the Institute for Women's Policy Research

In addition to being paid less for the same work, women are often subjected to sexist microaggressions at their place of work

Take this story shared by Sarah Lerner, the co-host of the "Hellbent" podcast, for instance. On Twitter, Lerner posted a screenshot of a story a woman shared about a co-worker standing up for herself against sexist treatment at her office. Lerner blacked out the names of the people involved as a courtesy.

The woman says she witnessed a man begin a presentation during a team meeting and order a woman at the meeting to take notes. He launched into his presentation without giving her a moment to respond. At the end, he asked whether she had recorded "that last thing." 


"I'm not your secretary. Literally all I wrote on this paper is I'm not your secretary," she replied. 

Lerner's tweet has since been retweeted over 7,700 times. 

Many other women on Twitter replied to the tweet with their own stories of experiencing sexism at work. 

Women are too often treated as inferior to men and unfairly stereotyped at work. They're subjected to "mansplaining" and inappropriate comments or sexist jokes from their male coworkers. When women are assertive, competitive, and outspoken at work they're called words like "bitchy" and "aggressive," whereas men are praised for their positions. 

Back in March, a man named Martin Schneider conducted a gender bias experiment at work where he "switched places" with a female co-worker by signing emails with each other's names

"I was in hell," Schneider wrote of the experience. "Everything I asked or suggested was questioned. Clients I could do in my sleep were condescending. One asked if I was single."

To combat unfair treatment in the work place, the Taking the Stage: How Women Can Speak Up, Stand Out, and Succeed author Judith Humphrey wrote women must work hard to "accelerate their upward climb." 

"They need to show others they are confident, capable leaders who believe in themselves and can inspire that belief in others. They must act on their own behalf by taking the stage," she wrote in the book. "Taking the stage involves speaking up, being forthright, expressing your viewpoint in meetings. It means not pulling back when challenged or when your inner voice seeks to undermine you." 

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