Every day, women all over the world encounter sexism. It’s not always a big moment. Sometimes it’s a minor one, a brief encounter that gets pushed aside and ignored; uncomfortable moments that have grown to become a part of our daily lives. It was after experiencing a series of sexist incidents that Laura Bates had finally had enough and created The Everyday Sexism Project, a website that gives women a place to share their experiences of sexism, harassment and assault.
“People say sexism doesn’t exist anymore,” Laura says on her website. “But it really is one of those things where once you see it, you can’t stop seeing it all around you.”
What started as a simple idea has become a movement that is continuing to gain momentum. Since the project’s inception two years ago, Laura has collected over 70,000 stories from more than 20 countries. “I was astounded by the response, and quickly realized that the situation was far worse than I thought. It was clear that sexism had become normalized.”
The stories submitted cover a wide range of experiences, including accounts of street harassment, discrimination in the workplace and sexual assault. Some of the stories are told with humor, while others with the seriousness they warrant.
Laura is urging women to share their stories:
“Please, send me your stories. Send other people to send me their stories. Send me your Nan’s story, your sister’s story or your best friend’s. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live. It doesn’t matter what you look like or what you believe in. If you have experienced sexism, just small, so-used-to-it-you-almost-just-accept-it sexism, please share your story so we can prove how widespread the problem really is.”