It already sucks for a woman to work in a male-dominated field because, chances are, her skills are vastly underestimated
(and belittled and mocked). But a new study from Indiana University Bloomington just took this feeling to the next level. It found that being around a high percentage of men in the workplace is also hazardous to a woman’s health. Man, we can’t catch a break.
Researchers studied the hormonal patterns of 440 women and determined that those who work in an environment with more than 85 per cent men had less healthy patterns of cortisol, a hormone that regulates stress. Fluctuations in cortisol can trigger (or worsen, if you’re already feeling it) depression and insomnia.
Research also found that women working in fields like engineering and construction experience “abnormally high stress levels.” Because it’s not bad enough that the men in those fields likely make more money and get better advancement opportunities? Let’s not even talk about sexual harassment issues. Ugh.
So what can a woman do? Short of leaving a job, we’ll likely just have to suck it up like we always do and maybe a few of us will even fight for what’s deserved: equal rights and pay for equal work. But that’s a whole other headache.