Today’s question: “Does discrimination still exist in the workplace based on the color of one’s skin, gender, schools attended, and even age?”
It’s almost a straight-cut yes! But there’s more to this. There’s a web of lies underpinning our attitudes and behaviors towards people in the workplace. I’ll be covering this on the blog! (Stay tuned!).Today is the International Day of the Girl Child so we’ll be looking at sexism in the workplace.
In my short career span, I’ve had the privilege of working in different places—both SMEs and multinationals. But I’ve been so naive. Naive enough not to see that the workplace is actually skewed, and some human males see themselves as the Alpha, while females are just an afterthought.
I had spent a couple of months in one of such places, before I noticed an underlying attitude around me. The same attitude you see in some African homes where kids are not allowed to speak because the adults are talking. Where respect is one-way with young people bending over backwards to please the old, who may just be wrong. Where women are ‘supposed to’ serve the men like docile animals. It was that same debilitating thinking I could see around.
I could not believe it! I was naive to think that workplaces were populated by professionals who understood the place of mutual respect, equality, and for more forward-thinking organizations; the place of diversity and inclusion. Boy, was I wrong!
The workplace wasn’t a meeting of the minds, as I had thought. It was a place where your ideas and actions were seen through the stained lenses of ‘how old is that girl?’ ‘Does she know who I am?’ ‘How dare she?’ A place where a woman would receive condescending remarks for the same thing a man would receive a pat on the back for.
I have never been much of a feminist—I don’t believe in the two extremes. I still believe in guys helping with chores such as hammering stuff, and changing oil and tires. Unfortunately, I’m also a lazy cook, so maybe the modern male stereotype who doesn’t think his manliness is reduced when he enters the kitchen, is my perfect match. I believe in being able to do anything and be absolutely good at it. So what if there are female mechanics? Or male chefs? Or female CEOs? Or male daycare owners? I don’t care! As far as everyone is working in his or her area of strength and specialization, please let them be.
This whole retarded thinking where others frown upon another person’s progress because their line of work isn’t what society before now had found acceptable, is total cow’s dung! 🤭
Can we actually learn to drop our biases just before we go into the workplace? So what if your boss is a young female? Uphold mutual respect and professionalism and just get your work done. Business is a transaction, a payment for value added. But in stifling people’s creativity based on the color of their skin, or their age, or even their gender, you stand to lose out on all the value that person had to offer.
This may be the strongest post on social issues that you’ve seen on this blog, but sometimes one has to speak out. As a follower of Jesus, I understand the place of broken systems, which are preventing people from living a life of freedom and victory in Christ. Why heal on the sabbath day? Why go for dinner in a tax collector’s home? Why allow a woman pour perfume on his feet? Why speak to a Samaritan woman when Jews were not supposed to? And many more! Jesus refused to allow his society limit him, and you too shouldn’t!
If there’s some injustice where you are, speak up. And if you can’t speak, by all means write about it.
I don’t know who else out there is struggling with some bias or the other, but I need to remind you that God doesn’t see color, age, gender etc. And we ought to extend that same love towards others.
Happy International Day of the Girl Child!
See you next time.