Athena Swan

Athena Swan promotes and supports the careers of women in Science, Engineering and Technology (STEM), and aims to address gender inequalities and imbalance in these disciplines and, in particular, the under-representation of women in senior roles.

Saturday, 30 May 2015

In the news - Women reveal all the sexist questions they've been asked at job interviews

Yes folks, it does happen - women's bodily functions are still considered legitimate topics of conversation in job interviews at some companies, no matter how illegal it may be. While the most egregious were turned into a photo series by employment law firm Thomas Mansfield, the breadth of inappropriateness documented by the responses to their survey of UK graduates indicates just how deep and ingrained these attitudes remain.

Employment law firm Thomas Mansfield asked graduates from 20 British universities to share the most bizarre and offensive things they’ve ever been asked whilst applying for jobs. Many of the women’s responses show that sexism is very much alive some workplaces.
Sexist questions asked of the women include whether they would be willing to flirt with customers as part of the job, if they are planning on having children and intimate details about their periods.

Read more here and here.

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