Is This Really as Far as We’ve Come?

According to a new poll, 60 percent of women think it’s inappropriate to have drinks alone with a man who is not their spouse, 53 percent think it’s inappropriate to have dinner alone, 44 percent to have lunch and 25 percent to have a work meeting. The men’s numbers for the same activities with a woman who isn’t their spouse were 48 percent, 45 percent, 36 percent and 22 percent, respectively. As this NYT article points out, these findings show how much gender still figures in our work relationships—and hurts our opportunities.

Tell us in the comments: What do you think about the state of male and female interactions in the workplace?

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  • Barbara Costello

    I can only comment for myself. I have been in the corporate world for over twenty-five years, always in a male dominated industry. I have never had any difficulties working with male colleagues. I have had many dinners, events and meetings with men and I am perfectly comfortable in that situation. I am concerned to hear that women in 2017 are not comfortable with male/female relationships. Perhaps we have gone too far overboard in telling women that they have something to fear.

  • Poonita Parbhakar

    My experience speaks only for me. I will speak to work meetings. I think personal attitude, confidence play a big part in conducting male/female work meetings. On the whole, in my 20 years, I have found that male voices, their body language and what they say has more weight. The same thing I say is not taken seriously or given merit by males and females. This reduces self-confidence. Females can only do so much without having an elevated job role, a mentor or someone looking out for you. Education for males is missing in all the material I’ve read.