Gender Bias Post 1: Find Yourself a Big Strong Man. #ImplicitBias #GenderBias #UnconsciousGenderBiasBlog

A minor chemical leak occurred at work, health and safety we called in to make sure it was cleaned up correctly. The expert that arrived was a man, the lab group member there to meet him was a women. It was deemed a minor spill by the expert and he advised the lab member to simply wipe it up and clean the surfaces tainted with it with water. All chemicals would need to be removed from the above shelves to conduct this clean up. The female lab member on hand to deal with situation was a tall, fit, and physically able person (both taller and probably stronger than the male expert). The chemicals that needed moving were all in small containers and would require no strain to move. Here is the conversation that followed:

Expert: All the chemicals will need to be lifted down from the shelves so you can wipe them down. You may need to ask one of the big strong men around here to help you lift them...

Females lab member: Um... grits teeth, ok, I think I can handle it...

in head to herself: Should I rest my elbow on his head and say it's ok clearly I've got this?