Women reveal their worst experiences working with mostly men

‘I was told my SKIRT created an unsafe working environment for male staff’: Women on Twitter reveal their WORST experiences of working in male-dominated industries

  • The conversation began on Thursday, February 21 when user Rachel Antomattei asked people to share bad experiences of working in male-dominated industries
  • She wrote: ‘Alright ladies, what’s ur worst story about working in a male-dominated industry?’ 
  • Since the tweet was posted, it has garnered over 200 comments from different women detailing their worst experiences
  • One user revealed she was fired for refusing to sleep with her boss
  • A coffee shop worker said a pastor once came into the store and told her that her leggings made him have ‘unpure’ thoughts 
  • The tweet also received over 2,000 likes and more than 200 retweets 

Women are sharing their worst experiences from working in predominantly male-dominated environments and work industries online. 

The conversation started when Twitter user Rachel Antomattei, from Washington, D.C., asked her followers what their worst experience of working in ‘a male-dominated industry’ was. 

She took to the social media platform on Thursday, February 21, when she tweeted, saying: ‘Alright ladies, what’s ur worst story about working in a male-dominated industry?’

Viral: Last Thursday, Twitter user Rachel Antomattei asked her followers what their worst story of working in a predominantly male-dominated environment was

Crazy! The response to the tweet was overwhelming, as over 200 people began sharing their worst stories about working in male-dominated industries 

Rachel, with the username @lameravioli, then proceeded to share some of her worst stories from experience she had working in such industries.

She continued: ‘Mine is probably when a subcontractor told me he wished my safety vest was shorter so he could see my butt and then grabbed my hand looking for a wedding ring.

‘My company won a job for a black church and the project team started joking about having to make the balconies structurally sound enough to hold the “African Americans jumping around praising da Lord”,’ she added.

Yikes: Some of the replies included stories of women being made to feel uncomfortable in their workplace (stock image)

The Twitter user shared another anecdote, saying: ‘My company won a job for a LGBT health center and the project team started groaning about having to “watch what they say on site now” and then launched into a rant about how anyone who wants to chop their man parts off deserves to go to the looney bin.’ 

And it wasn’t long before the replies began flooding in. 

Since the tweet was posted, it has garnered over 200 comments from different women detailing their worst experiences 

One Twitter user @sarah_burson wrote: ‘I was a manager for a year at a local restaurant. One time a guy came in to fix our stove. When he was done he gave his paperwork to a guy we hired THAT DAY and asked him to sign it, then told me the stove was ready for me to cook on it again.’

Another user @marysmith687 said: ‘One of mine is one day where I introduced myself to a guy in the break room and I told him my job and he goes “a female mechanical engineer? What’s next?!?” then later asked me who I knew to get the job.’

Similarly, user @emilymccutie added: ‘One summer i was interning for a major tech company, i was the only girl on the entire team.

‘One of my coworkers incessantly messaged me and on my birthday, got me two $100 gift cards to red lobster (?????) then when he found out i had a boyfriend, he asked me to give them back.’

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Bizarre! Several women shared anecdotes from times that they were made to feel uncomfortable because of clothing they were wearing 

Another user, @bubblegumgxthic, wrote about a time that she wore a Ravenclaw cardigan and was told that she looked like a ‘sexy Hogwarts schoolgirl’.

The same user wrote: ‘Oh yea and that time i got fired because my manager had a crush on me and i wouldn’t sleep with him lol.’

One user detailed her experience of working in a hardware store.

‘Worked in a hardware store for a hot minute and it was the worst. Once this dude came in and I asked if there was anything I could help w/ he said “thanks sweetheart but I’m gonna ask one of the smart guys”. 

‘I ended up having the answer to his question. He got p****d and stormed out,’ she added.

She added that she got hit on a number of times, as well as being called a number of names including ‘honey, baby, and sweetheart’.

She continued: ‘Not to mention almost every customer would go to my male co workers and have them verify anything I said.’

Twitter user @Jacq_Cohen, who works in the publishing industry, detailed a similar experience. 

She said: ‘I’m the publicist for a comic book company and a blogger called my office to ask for a review copy of a book. 

‘When I answered the phone he said, “Not you sweetheart, I called to talk to your boss Mr. MY LAST NAME”. I’ve been working in comics for 16 years,’ she added.  

Absurd: Dozens of users shared stories about times they were made to feel uncomfortable in different industries including aviation, fitness and the automotive industry 

As the thread developed, more and more women began revealing the different things that had happened to them while working in predominately male-dominated environments. 

User @thejaceyedpeas wrote: ‘Three male foremen in a row wouldn’t let me demo concrete because I “could get hurt doing men’s work.” 

‘One finally let me try and when I paused and turned around LITERALLY the entire job had stopped work to watch and one guy was fucking filming,’ she said. 

Another user, @_Christina_4_ detailed an experience she had with a pastor who said her wearing leggings was inappropriate. 

She said: ‘A PASTOR came into the coffee shop I work in saw me wearing leggings and started complaining to my male coworker that it forces him to have unpure thoughts, so my coworker asked if he wanted to file a report and he said yeah but little did he know I’m the manager.’

A woman, user @shadymandias who works in a gym revealed that working in such an environment is ‘demonic’. 

She said: ‘Working in a gym in general is demonic but once in the middle of my workout i was on a bench doing a tricep exercise and the guy spotting me stared down at me and said “i know you’re not into men but in this position you look so f*****g hot”.   

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