IS YOUR COMPANY RULED BY A MALE-DOMINATED CULTURE? A CHECKLIST
What does a male-dominated work culture look like? Just in case you weren't sure, I made a checklist.
___ Are your leaders male?
___ Are there more male leaders than female leaders in your company?
___ Are your departments segregated by gender?
___ Do social outings mostly consist of men? Extra point if the social outing has been documented on social media?
___ Are there inside jokes between men in your company that don’t involve women? Extra point if they are sexual in nature.
___ Have you ever given or received feedback about not taking a decision personally or getting bent out of shape? Perhaps to be less emotional?
___ Are most employees white/straight/generally conforming to most standards of gender normativity?
___ Are leaders of your organization tied closer to male leaders than female leaders?
___ Has an idea you had been ignored while a male colleague has had their ideas acknowledged? Extra point if the idea you had is the exact same idea that your male colleague had and was approved.
___ Is there a known wage disparity between men and women? Half a point if you suspect one.
___ Have men been systematically promoted or given wage increases over women?
___ Have men been given said promotions or wage increases without asking for them?
___ Have you or other women asked for promotions and wage increases and been denied those benefits?
___ Have you ever heard a decision was made and someone’s gender was taken into account?
___ Have people been promoted from within without a job posting being made about the job? Extra point if the job was given to a man.
___ Is there a culture of ‘sexually charged’ jokes?
___ Does your company lack a sexual harassment policy?
___ Has anyone in your company ever commented on the way you look?
0-7 points: Probably not ideal, but perhaps some of these things are just coincidence. Still, you should continue to take down the patriarchy! There's only a few things that are effed up so you don't have as much to contend with.
8-14 points: Yo, stuff is not good. There are a lot of problems with your company, but all is not lost! Continue to challenge things--ask for transparent wage increase, demand open communication, be a voice for change! Cool!
14 or more: You might want to consider working somewhere else, but unfortunately I suspect a lot of people will get this score and that might just mean we're all fucked.