Why this project?
Because it's taking too long to close the wage gap.
Because even though more companies are aware of the problem, the problem isn't solved.
Because even though companies are hiring outside firms to fix gender issues, managers should know that they have the power to affect change now.
Are you going to use these email addresses for anything other than sending this one email?
So you won't publicly post these names or emails?
Correct! We aren't interested in identifying any specific individuals that have received feedback in this manner, and we don't want to keep track of who has sent an email and to whom it has been sent.
Well, that's not our way. The stockades are antiquated forms of punishment for a reason. We aren't interested in shaming the people who have the power to improve the problem.
Are you storing the submitted email addresses?
Nope. We are taking the appropriate steps to ensure that all submitted email addresses are deleted. Once you submit an email address, it lands in a Google Form. This triggers a script that sends the stock email from firstname.lastname@example.org to the email address you've supplied using an email service provider called SendGrid. Once the email is sent, the script deletes all of the Google Form's responses. The only place the email lives (besides your manager's inbox) is in email@example.com's outbox and the SendGrid activity page, both of which we delete permanently.
What resources does the email link out to?
We link out to an article and a research report, both from the Institute for Women's Policy Research, which “conducts and communicates research to inspire public dialogue, shape policy, and improve the lives and opportunities of women of diverse backgrounds, circumstances, and experiences.”
What's this email going to look like once you send it?
Exactly how it looks on our site, but feel free to email it to yourself to test it out.
How can we make sure this doesn't just go to my boss's spam?
We can't ensure that. But, you could send this to your boss and your boss's administrative assistant if they have one to increase their chances of reading it.
So when am I gonna get paid?
We can't promise that one email will make a difference. But we can do our best to show the people in power that they have the power to close the wage gap. Apart from sending this email to your supervisor, there are things that you can do legally and professionally to make sure you're getting paid what you're owed.
Who's behind The Woman in the Room?
We are a group of artists and technologists who created The Woman in the Room to help end gender bias in the workplace. The Woman in the Room is not affiliated with any company or agency.