It may be 2023, but that doesn’t mean the world is sunshine and rainbows. There are still many people stuck in the old ways of when the world was first formed. Men were believed to be the sole providers of families while the women stayed home and tended to the children, meals, and house chores. Although this isn’t the case anymore, women still aren’t as accepted as men are in some industries and companies.
Women have to deal with lower pay compared to their male counterparts. In some fields, they may not have the same opportunities for growth. Some of their male bosses may even talk down to them, mistreat them, or sexually harass them. If this all sounds or feels a little too close to home, it sounds like you need some much-needed help. Here are 4 tips on navigating a misogynistic workplace.
When you’re passionate about something, you’re more likely to pay attention or absorb material about a certain topic. Plus, when you feel more educated about a certain topic, you feel more confident in your ability to speak about it. You should be passionate already about your own rights as a woman as well as for your loved ones. Take the time to educate yourself about misogynistic comments. When you learn more about comments or what this looks like, you’ll have an easier time being able to pinpoint when it’s happening without questioning yourself.
Find a Support System
If you’re having a hard time in your workplace with misogyny, try to lean on like-minded individuals who may be feeling the same way that you are. Try to connect with other females at your company. You can seek someone close like another female on your team. Or branch out and meet new people in a different department. If you don’t feel comfortable connecting with someone from your workplace about this topic just yet, that’s okay too. You can always try to find a support group in your area where you can network and connect with other females in your area. Knowing you’re not alone can be a huge help to your overall mental health and wellness. Plus, you may be able to get new ideas or approaches on how to handle or cope with your current workplace.
Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Up
No one should feel uncomfortable in the workplace no matter what. Your role or gender doesn’t matter when it comes to workplace harassment. If one of your coworkers, including your boss, is making comments that make you feel uncomfortable, don’t be afraid to speak up. Most of the time, your colleague may not even realize that their comment was offensive. You can help stop it before it gets worse by letting them politely know that what they’re saying is rude or vulgar. Use each situation as an opportunity for learning and improvement. It isn’t your job to change them, but you can help educate them to be better moving forward.
Seek Additional Support
Navigating a difficult workplace isn’t easy. Trying to navigate a misogynistic workplace as a female can seem like an impossible feat. But it doesn’t have to be. You may just need to take a little longer to gather your thoughts and emotions before putting a plan in place on how to move forward.
That’s what we’re here for. Therapy can help you identify those negative thoughts and feelings you’re facing and help your gain a fresh perspective and a healthier outlook on the current situation you’re faced with.
If you’re interested in learning more about how you can navigate a misogynistic workplace in the best way possible, reach out to us today to set up a consultation for women’s therapy.