Women face mansplaining 312 times a year at work.

We can all take note from the cringeworthy viral video where a female PGA Professional was given some unwanted advice at a driving range.

For context, this is Georgia Bell, an elite PGA golfer, and the man giving advice has “played for 20 years.” It encapsulates a point:a woman might be a subject matter expert, a senior leader, have a unique skill set, or be one of the best in the world at what they do. They’re still going to get mansplained, on average, once a working day. And if they are a woman of colour, sprinkle a few more on top for good measure.

This video shows a reality, a moment encapsulated. But behind this, there is an everyday reality. Because gendered communication means:

  • Women are less likely to be listened to.
  • Less likely to be believed.
  • More likely to be asked to evidence their credentials.
  • More likely to be interrupted.
  • More likely to have their tone policed.

Every time this happens, it’s a subtle attack on their credibility and a compounding muting of their voice. And this can have significant consequences.

Mansplaining is more than just an annoying habit; it undermines professional women and contributes to a workplace culture where their contributions are undervalued. This consistent questioning and dismissal of women’s expertise create barriers to their professional growth and can lead to a significant toll on their mental and emotional well-being.

Yes, we live in an expertise economy. Yes, men do it to other men as well. But men have a role to play in calling this behaviour forward—while, of course, trying not to mansplain in the process. So this is a simple reminder to heighten your awareness.

How to Avoid Mansplaining

  1. Listen Actively: Give the floor without interruptions. Show genuine interest in perspectives.
  2. Validate Expertise: Acknowledge credentials and contributions without questioning authority or knowledge.
  3. Reflect on Your Behaviour: Consider whether your advice or comments are necessary, especially if the person is clearly an expert.
  4. Encourage Inclusivity: Foster an environment where all voices are heard and respected equally.



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