Accidental experiment reveals shocking treatment of women in the workplace

In 2017 workplace sexism and gender inequality are still major issues. As we know, the gender pay gap is already a problem, with SA women being paid 15 - 17% less than their male counterparts, as reported by The Conversation.

Then there's the fact that women are less represented in the workplace. According to HR Pulse, for every 100 South African male business owners, there are just 25.5 women and there are nearly 50% less female leaders in the business sector than men.

So there's a lot to be desired when it comes to workplace equality - something which many people are still in denial about.

Recently, a male journalist was confronted with this when he conducted an experiment with his female colleague.

Martin Schneider, a writer and editor at Front Row Central opened up about the experiment in a series of tweets that have since gone viral. The tweets explain what he learned when he and Nicole Hallberg switched email signatures for a week.

One day, he accidentally sent emails to a client under Nicole's name and the client was very rude to him. 

He then changed back to his email signature and the client's responses immediately changed.

This is when Martin and Nicole decided to do an experiment for two weeks where they switched email signatures.

Nicole had what Martin calls the "most productive week of her career" . She no longer had to prove her worth to her clients in order to get the respect she deserves.

Nicole went on to write a post on Medium describing how she wasn't shocked about the results of the experiment. She also continued to question her boss's refusal to believe that sexism exists even with the evidence given to him.

Nicole has since resigned and started her own business writing blogs and doing web copy as a freelancer.

Yaass to calling out workplace sexism!

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