Women Share the Impact of 'Mansplaining' in the Workplace

By Jeff Smith

In order to mark Women's History Month, we initiated a survey of 2,000 working women in the U.S. to find out what issues could use improvement in the workplace.

At the risk of mansplaining the results, women are getting mansplained to at work at least once a day on average. And most of those women think men aren't even aware when they're mansplaining. (The word was added to Merriam-Webster dictionary in 2018. See their detailed definition and history here.)

Here are some highlights (lowlights?) from the survey:

  • On average women are being mansplained to about 300 times a year
  • 40% of women have been told by a male colleague they come on too strong
  • 75% of women think they're underpaid compared to their male colleagues, who they suspect are making about $9,000 more than them annually
  • More than 60% of women expect they won't last at their company because of a lack of growth opportunities
  • And about a third say their company has no female supervisors
For more insights from the survey, you can view the graphic below or download the survey results here.

Self Women at Work Survey Graphic

About the Author

Jeff Smith is the VP of Marketing at Self.

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Written on March 16, 2020
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