Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Working Woman

The Black Box has led me to many interesting blogs. I've been currently reading Joe's blog, who (from what I can tell) is a HR guy. This kind of sent me into thinking about the various interesting HR situations I've been in.

Like, when I was newly married, and 5 months pregnant-- "I'm sorry, but I can't hire you for this job because you're pregnant."

Or, upon giving my two weeks notice to the chauvinist computer store owner I worked for, said to me, "You know, the only reason Microsoft would hire you is because you're a woman."

My current manager wrote me up based on what someone told someone who told him what I did. This is also the same guy who tried to dictate what I could and could not do on my lunch break, and also tried to institute a dictated work schedule because I had "missed so much work". (I was off on FMLA for medical reasons, hello....?) He's also the one who delivers back-handed "compliments" like, "Suz was in charge of this project, but it turned out good anyhow."

I keep a comic strip up on my cube wall. It's in honor of the men who somehow think that my skills and knowledge are inferior, just because I'm a woman. Ha!

(Click on the comic strip to make it bigger...)


Miranda said...

Hey, great blog. Thanks for popping by mine. I was HORRIFIED to hear about the bias test. My goodness! Well done you and Lu for standing up to it. Very brave for a 13 year old...

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

I can see you're enjoying the Black Box ride! :-)

I'm still gobsmacked at how much of this gender rubbish is still around - lord knows I remember plenty of it from when I first started work. Love the cartoon!

Tara@From Dawn Till Rusk said...

"Suz was in charge of this project, but it turned out good anyhow." Grrr! I bet he used to go home and get bullied by his wife!

GreenJello said...

The bias test still leaves an awful taste in my mouth, miranda. The teacher has had to come back and make it right with all her students now.

Sometimes it's difficult to be a woman in a man's world, absolute vanilla. Sometimes it's even more difficult to be a woman in a male dominated field. But I still think it's better than being in an office full of women and all their politics!

tara, I'm thinking that he's probably the one who bullies his wife!

DJ Kirkby said...

Hi Thanks for visiting my blog and playing along! Great post.

GreenJello said...

dj kirkby, I like playing along, but I'm not nearly as clever as others who post on your blog. Maybe someday I will win the coveted yellow award banner. Maybe.