May 3, 2010
The questions seem innocent enough.
How's your love life?
Are you seeing anyone?
Do you think you'll ever get married?
And the co-workers making such queries usually don't mean to offend. They're just making small talk by the vending machine, or killing time before the meeting starts. But a new study finds that such questions are one reason singles, particularly women, often feel stigmatized in the workplace.
Elizabeth Sharp, Ph.D., associate professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Texas Tech University and co-author of the study, says that the never-married women she interviewed felt pressure to conform to the "married with children" standard.