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What to say when someone says something sexist

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Why saying something matters

Silence about sexist remarks allows sexism and sexist policies to continue. Speaking up helps to derail sexism and challenge people's assumptions and biases about sex and gender. It shows victims of sexism that you will support them.

Managing confrontations about sexism

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Plan ahead

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Ask questions

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In the workplace: Make sure that everyone in the meeting has a chance to talk

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Help make sure that everyone gets the credit that they deserve

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If you don't feel comfortable speaking up, talk to your HR department/ an authority figure on how to manage the situation

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Dealing with family: You can set boundaries/ limits about what you can tolerate

Men confronting sexism

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If you're a male, you might not think it's your place to confront sexism

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However, remember that sexism exists, and because of it, women are less inclined to be heard

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Men can speak up by firmly rejecting sexist statements

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Remind your coworkers to treat all colleagues with the same level of respect

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Being an ally means calling out sexism when you hear/ see it

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