People can talk until they are blue in the face about sexism in the work place but a lot of times valid voices are silenced and dismissed by people who just don't understand things from another perspective than their own. In general, we don't have a lot of opportunities to even temporarily see what it's like to exist in someone else's experiences but for one professional man, the simplest opportunity changed everything.
Martin Schneider is a writer in Philadelphia who just so happens to share an inbox with his coworker, a woman named Nicole Pieri. Going about his usual business he found himself stunned by a client's uncharacteristic responses to his emails and it took a bit for him to realize the emails were being signed off as Nicole instead of himself.
Stunned at the realization of what was possibly happened, the two decided to embark on an experiment where Martin switched signatures with Nicole for a whopping two weeks just to see if this was an isolated incident or if this was a shocking example of sexism in the workplace.
Martin is pictured here in a photo from his Twitter account.
After the experiment concluded, Martin expressed his entire experience on Twitter for the world to see and read and his story has taken off, going absolutely viral.
So, what came of all this and more importantly... what does Nicole have to say?! Keep reading...
Nicole wrote about her experiences from her perspective as well but instead of Twitter she did so on Medium. Her side of the story has just as much of an impact:
That's a sobering statement! Even more astounding was what Nicole had to say about how her boss responded to the experiment:
Today, neither Martin or Nicole work for the company anymore (and good for them, seriously,) but their experiment and experiences continue to have an impact on the topic and conversation of sexism in the workplace and how two people got to see things from an entirely different perspective.
Does this experience resonate with you? You may not be alone...