Today we are reading Janet Holmes’s chapter “The Role of Gender in Workplace Talk” from her book Gendered Talk at Work. This Atlantic ariticle suggests that sexism is still a problem in the sciences; being aware of our gendered ways of speaking may be the first step to creating an equitable workplace. For this response, write a thoughtful analysis of your own communciation habits, and the ways that they may be gendered. You may find the following questions helpful in formulating your reponse:
- This Newsweek story describes a two co-workers who exchanged email signatures. How does their experience compare with Holmes’s article? With your own experience in the workplace?
- In this New York Times article, Feldhahn shares research she’s done with men in the workplace. How do her observations compare with Holmes’s chapter and your experience?
- This 2018 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study found that women experience sexual harassment in lab workplaces. How does this compare with your experience in the workplace?
- After reading the Holmes chapter and/or the articles linked above, how might you change your approach to communicating in the workplace?