Gendered tasks - what is the balance between "supporting the team" and doing gendered tasks?
March 20,2022 at 4:36PM UTC
Throughout my 12-year career, I've often been the go-to person for tasks that I consider gendered like scheduling meetings, ordering catering, printing name tags, etc. despite these not being part of my job description.
I've been working at the organization I'm at now for 3 years and my responsibilities have steadily increased (without a raise or promotion, which is another issue). However, despite getting a lot more responsibility over the years, such as leading complex projects largely without management's oversight, I'm still asked to do tasks like order catering for small meetings, handling travel, printing tent cards, etc. Some of these tasks were part of my job when I first started, but now that I've gotten more responsibility (and a different job title), seem like they shouldn't be.
I don't want to be the person who says they're above these tasks - I do them with a smile every time I'm asked. However, I'm not starting my career anymore - I've worked hard to prove myself and have a lot on my plate without these small tasks I'm being asked to do. I've never talked to my (female) boss about this, but she will say things like part of my role is to "support" the team.
Should I address this with my supervisor? If so, how? What is the balance between not wanting to seem too good for small tasks, but not falling into a gendered trap?
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