This morning, I posted a job on Freelancer.
Occasionally I delegate work to others when I’m occupied with various tasks. I also posted the job on Elance to compare responses and quotes. I left my computer for about 10 minutes and came back with a bowl of All-Bran and a heart full of expectations.
I was pleased to find a decent number of people bidding on the projects. As I scanned the list to make my shortlist of applicants, I was appalled at the number of people beginning their inquiries with “Dear Sir.”
Usually I would disregard it and move on, but this time it struck me. Exactly what was it that made these people assume they were dealing with a male?
I took a closer look and noticed many of these type of responses were from individuals in places like Pakistan and other parts of the Middle East, Africa and Asia, whereas responses from individuals in America, England and other parts of the west were more along the lines of “Dear Sir/Madam” or the more neutral, “Dear Hiring Manager.”
It struck me pretty hard. Most of our world still assumes that anything related to business, hiring and the like is probably a male, and it doesn’t cross their minds for a second that the person behind that grey face on an online platform could possibly be a woman.
So now, I’m sitting here, munching my cereal and feeling thankful that I was born where I was.
I just can’t help but wonder when things are going to change on the other side of the world. There is definitely a need for more awareness of women’s rights and capabilities in the workplace.