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Women who’ve made it to critical positions in the workplace have done so by sheer dint of their hard work and intelligence. You better not keep interrupting us!
I think I am fairly qualified
To give an opinion on the matter at hand
Yet when I present my side
Of reasoning, they seem unable to stand
The fact that I have spoken – after all, who am I
To comment on matters important
I am expected to remain submissive and shy
To refrain from an opinion even when present
As soon as I have finished, I get a smile
Followed by a condescending comment
By now I have figured out the board members’ style
My ideas for them are pure entertainment
Then one of them proceeds to explain things to me
Like I am slow of mind or an imbecile
Let me assure you, I am neither or I wouldn’t be
In this boardroom, in fact I have gone the extra mile
To be where I am, so I probably have qualifications
That exceed theirs’ – I analyze problems thoroughly too
I should not have to give any justification
In expressing exactly what I want to.
I am frankly perplexed and sometimes amused
At how men continue to disregard opinions that women present
Many do it subconsciously, though they might refuse
To acknowledge any misogyny, they support equality in sentiment
From the average workplace meeting to the presidential debate
“Manterruption” appears to be a universal male trait
Hear me out gentlemen, I have something to say
If it came from a man, this idea would be lapped up today
So lend me your time and attention valuable
I am confident of bringing new ideas to the table.
First published here.
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