Project Management

3 Ways to #BreakTheBias on International Women’s Day

Elizabeth is a freelance writer and project manager living and working in London. She runs The Otobos Group, a project communications consultancy specializing in project management.

To celebrate Women's History Month and International Women's Day, we asked some of our contributors to reflect on their experiences being a woman in the project management workforce.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, it’s time for some real talk. When I sat down to write about my reflections of what it’s like being a woman working in projects, it was easy to think of dozens of stories.

Should I talk about the time a colleague pretended to spike my drink, or about worrying where I would express milk at work while I was breastfeeding? What about that time when a colleague flashed a not-safe-for-work picture up on screen as he scrolled through his emails? Or the surprisingly joyful moment when we finally got a sanitary disposal bin in the disabled toilet? Or the (many) times I rang my own voicemail from a taxi because I was scared travelling in the dark around cities I didn’t know, and I wanted the driver to think someone was waiting for me?

And then I realized something: Those are all negative experiences.

There are so many positive experiences, but they aren’t the ones that are top of mind. I want to do my small bit to #BreakTheBias and celebrate women’s achievement by focusing on the good experiences, and three themes in particular:

1. Mentoring
All my mentors at work have been female. They have all been …

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