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"Live footage of a woman in male-dominated studies". This college student's TikTok video is leaving us speechless right now.
Claire McDonnell, 22, is one of four women among nearly 60 men in a class at the University of Iowa. She now filmed her male colleagues who kept interrupting her during a Zoom meeting and shared the video of the group work meeting on TikTok.
In an interview with Buzzfeed, she says that the video is just one of the many examples that shows how sexist this male-dominated course is. "It happens to me every day," she says. "There is homework, we women help fellow students with it and in the end they reap the credit for it."
Women are not taken seriously here
"Our ideas - be they theoretical or just an opinion - they are mostly dismissed as brain teasers. They don't believe us. If they do, they pass our theories off as their idea, like: 'I already knew that 'and then repeat our sentences again in front of everyone else. ""
In the video you can see how she is interrupted in the middle of a sentence every time she speaks, or her input is ignored or dismissed. She actually only wanted to send the video to a friend, but then changed her mind. The message behind it seemed too important.
She was right. The video went through the roof. Over 11,000 comments with similar experiences are now collected under their contribution. A US study carried out at George Washington University and published in 2014 in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology, for example, shows that "mantle rupture" is part of our everyday life. The main finding of this is that both men and women interrupt other women in conversation more often than men.