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The manager on my project likes to ask another more junior woman do some "admin" stuff, such as book meetings, take notes, and even book his flight!! I really want to help this junior woman not do the admin stuff that much. What can I do?

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Firstly, booking the flights is absolutely absurd. I could justify the booking meetings and note taking if she is the most junior person on the team, but only in that situation. My advice: have a conversation with her and help steer her to push back on these requests herself, tactfully. I don’t think you should fight her battles for her, but instead be there to support and guide her. Unfortunately, this is an important lesson all women have to learn. It’s so wrong that we have to, but this will be an important skill for her to learn.

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Thank you D1!

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BOOK HIS FLIGHT?! Seriously?

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She should “accidentally” book his next flight to Anchorage Alaska.

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Lol she should- we’ve heard a few stories of partners getting sent to the wrong city/state more than once, it definitely happens.

Another option is to propose that the team rotate through the admin stuff - that’s proven to be best in my experience. While you should support the woman in pushing back, it’s also really valuable for you to be an ally behind the scenes as well. Is she the MOST junior on the team or just a junior woman? That is also an important distinction. If your office has a culture of the most junior person doing these tasks, then you might approach it a bit differently.

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Kindly reallocate tasks to the *ahem* males of the team so she can kill it at their jobs ☺️ Jkjk. But am I 🤔

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