I was looking for a seat on the train and a suited gentleman kindly let me know that I could sit on his lap, if I liked.
I hope that there are a lot of people out there, both men and women, who agree with me that we still have a long way to go before women will be viewed with as much respect as men in society. I was lucky enough that my experiences at a girl’s school were positive. As a result, it never crossed my mind that being a woman would hold me back from doing anything that I wanted to. Now halfway through my degree, my eyes have been opened to a world where it seems fewer and fewer people share my belief in gender equality, a belief I had thought to be self-evident.
But recent coverage of The Everyday Sexism Project has highlighted, in a truly powerful way, the day-to-day issues that affect women all over the world. From tweets, to longer stories on their website, The Everyday Sexism Project simply presents the experiences of women in a way that speaks for itself. They might not all be huge, but it paints a very full, sometimes scary, picture of the kind of abuses that we usually brush aside.
My former boss will only give me a reference if I have lunch with him. He was the reason I left. Feel powerless.
My pregnant sister was banned from pitching to a new PR client because “her future commitment to the account and the firm will clearly be in doubt”.
Of course, changing society’s attitude to women, men, and feminism – I hardly dare say the “f” word – is a huge, seemingly impossible challenge, not at all aided by the fact that so many adverts, magazines, TV programmes, and celebrities not only feed, but actively promote such a culture. But The Everyday Sexism Project is a great way of highlighting the reality of life experience for women today. If nothing else, follow @EverydaySexism on twitter and judge for yourself.