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So today I had a meeting at work. I’m in a corporate environment and I had to make a presentation to some upper management. All went well and I was even approached by one of the memebers of the upper management I was presenting to and he began to compliment how well I did. It was very exciting to get his positive feedback...until he decided that this was just his opening to ask me out to dinner.  

HELLO!!!! Do you not see the ring on my finger!!!  

I am so sick of this male chauvinist environment in the workplace. I mean, thanks for finding me attractive, but I’m trying to be professional and I put a lot of effort into my work. I spent several nights working hard on my presentation and in the end, I’m not credited for my accomplishments as a coworker and an equal, but just looked at simply as a woman. And at the same time, I feel like my marriage was disrespected because apparently the ring on my finger wasn’t enough to show that I’m ‘off the market.’  

Anyway, in my many years being corporate, it’s not the first time I’ve run into such a situation. Has anyone had similar experiences? Any suggestions? This is far from a ‘sexual harrasment’ type situation so let’s not go there, but what are your thoughts on how a woman can gain respect as an equal in the ‘male dominant’ corporate world?


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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Yana Berlin wrote Jan 16, 2008
    • It’s not worth getting stressed over it, and dealing with the negative energy. There will always be someone out of line, ignore them Continue to do work that you are proud of, the rest will take care of itself.

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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Angie08 wrote Jan 16, 2008
    • I agree with Yana, there are always going to be some men salivating over you, thats just the way it is.

      All we can do it show them we are serious and not there to play around.

      That will make them respect us. And, a comment about how much your husband here and there never hurt anyone .

      Best of Luck.

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