Have you ever referred to a group of adult women at work as “girls”? Suggested to an employee that she soften her approach so she doesn’t come across as pushy? Reflexively asked only women to take notes at meetings? If so, you have a lot of company. Despite major advances in gender equality in the workplace, old pieces of sexism continue to linger.
At U.S. News & World Report today, I talk about six of the most common sexist remarks that still get regularly heard at work. You can read it here.
(And to be clear, you’re not a bad person for saying these things. We’re all guilty of letting these kinds of terms sneak into our language. The idea is just to spot them, understand their impact, and try to eliminate them from your vocabulary.)