Sexism in Architecture

Discussion (8)

  1. Katie

    And yet it’s true.

    I’m often told to “leave all the heavy lifting to the guys” or “don’t worry your pretty little head about it.”

    I’ve also come across some very crass men who shall not be mentioned.

    Your comic about it is appreciated though

  2. Riss

    So true. At my last office, myself and another female coworker were always told to “calm down” when we asked questions in meetings. As if by asking a question we were flying off the handle and over emotional. Yet we were sent to the most volatile job meetings to get the best results.

  3. L.

    Yes!! To all of the above. I’ve gotten called ‘honey’ or ‘sweetie’ more times than I can count. Luckily it’s usually only contractors.

  4. IL

    Even a Contractor, with the best intentions, in the middle of a site meeting letting the female architects know how he asked all his crew to avoid catcalling during the weekly visits.

    Or when they tell you to better stay behind because the construction site conditions are still too dangerous for a woman.

  5. Lynn Javoroski

    I responded to one man calling me “sweetheart” by calling him “dear”. There was a bit of a pause before the conversation continued on a more professional level. He never did that again.

  6. Brett

    Huge problem in our field.

  7. Phlox

    Oddly, the guys in studio were a bit sexist, but in the work world, the men have been gentlemen, except when they swear like sailors, or when that dirty old man drafter ogled porn on his computer and the boss wouldn’t do anything about it unless I “filed a formal complaint,” even though everyone knew about it and he could go catch the sicko for himself. Anyway, nearly all the men I’ve worked with have been a credit to the profession and professionals I respect.

  8. B

    I had a professor call me sweetheart once. I responded with, “I am not your sweetheart, nor will I ever BE your sweetheart.” Needless to say I was called by my name from then on.

    Most of the time, in my experience, it is the older male contractors that are the worst offenders and I just think it comes from their experience and the lack of women in the industry when they were in their prime. That doesn’t make it ok though. I usually take the approach that Lynn does. It gets the point across without making a scene.