Shocking Social Experiment: This Man Used His Female Coworker's Signature On Emails
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.via:Twitter
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.
And so it begins...via:Twitter
Stuck in a rut.via:Twitter
I suppose he was barking up the wrong tree.via:Twitter
Realization to Revolution.via:Twitter
In comes the experiment.via:Twitter
Single and ready to mingle?via:Twitter
Way to go, Nicole!via:Twitter
Take it to the boss man.via:Twitter
The battles rage on.via:Twitter
Shout out to Nicole.via:Twitter
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:
I knew long before this experiment that my life at this company was always going to be harder. I knew this on my second day.
That's a sobering statement! Even more astounding was what Nicole had to say about how her boss responded to the experiment:
He didn't believe us. He actually said, "there are a thousand reasons why the clients could have reacted differently that way. It could be the work, the performance... you have no way of knowing."
For the first time in two years, I almost lost my cool. I wanted to grab him by the arms and shake him, scream in his face until he heard me, stress cry and scream at the sky until the world made sense. But I did not cry. That would be breaking The Rules that had kept me alive in this company for this long.
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...