“As a young woman aspiring to discover my potential, I found that having a job since the age of 16 has helped me to obtain necessary skills for post-secondary education and a future career. These skills include holding leadership roles, taking on responsibilities and managing them properly, communicating with fellow employees to complete tasks, and staying organized. Though I do not regret any of the jobs I have worked over the years, I have come to realize that the working world can get nasty.
Going back to the age of 17, I got a job as a part-time cashier at Pizza Pizza through a friend of my older sister’s. This was the first REAL job I received, since the jobs as a babysitter and doing karate instruction were once in a while occasions. I figured out very quickly how stressful a job in the fast food industry can get, and I messed up a lot; yet, I strived to do my best every shift and showed my co-workers and bosses that I was capable of holding the job. Unfortunately, I was the only female worker in the restaurant, as there was only one cashier per shift and all the cooks and delivery staff are all males.
As the months went on, I recognized that the way the cooks were treating me has made me very uncomfortable and unsafe; from the verbal harassment and cussing, to the gossip and rule breaking of protocols at the workplace. I was objectified, sexualized, and harassed by these co-workers and due to their comments, I didn’t have the confidence or boldness to say anything to my bosses until it got to the point where I would leave the workplace in tears every shift. It took the advice of my mom to finally gather the courage to tell my bosses about the situation and I decided to quit the job at that point.
Through this experience, I realized how important equality in terms of the respect and decency that should take place for both genders. My experience seems horrible, yet I am sure there are many more women out there who have gone through so much worse than I did! It infuriates me just how women become objectified and are expected to do “certain jobs” opposed to a male because of their gender. This reality may not change for a long time or ever; however, women need to take the first step to realize they have a voice too and are able to stand their ground independently! It is also the responsibility of the bosses at these companies to look out for their employees and become a person their employees can be comfortable going to for support and advocacy. It’s time change happens in the workplace, no matter the salary.”
One voice, no regrets