Nikki, an NHS GP based in Manchester, took to Twitter after filling out an online application form on the credit card companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s website.
After selecting the title Ã¢â‚¬Å“DrÃ¢â‚¬Â and the gender Ã¢â‚¬Å“FemaleÃ¢â‚¬Â on the form, she received an error message reading: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Your gender does not match the title you provided. Please check and try again.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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Nikki shared the post with her followers, calling out the company directly for the system error Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and suggesting it was an example of Ã¢â‚¬Å“everyday sexismÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Some users were outraged by the suggestion women couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be classified as doctors, calling out Barclaycard.
OMG that is SHOCKING.
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Dr Abigail McQuatters-Gollop (@anaturalstate) March 18, 2019
Others Ã¢â‚¬â€œ including women who worked as doctors and professors Ã¢â‚¬â€œ shared their own examples of gender discrimination.
I had this with John Lewis, who refused to discuss my fridge because they assumed someone called Dr Leaton Gray would have to be a fella.
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Sandra Leaton Gray (@drleatongray) March 18, 2019
Haha. My husband booked a flight to me using Ã¢â‚¬ËœProfessorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢; the system assumed IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m male and had problems getting on the plane. I know, so nineteenth century.
Ã¢â‚¬â€ The Money Principle (@moneyprinciple) March 18, 2019
This reminds me of the time I went to open an account with @Barclays and my husband (who was with me for the trip) got called Ã¢â‚¬ËœDr ThomsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and when he pointed to me (the customer) they still addressed their questions to himÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ ???Ã¢â‚¬ÂÃ¢â„¢â‚¬Ã¯Â¸Â
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Dr Mel Thomson (@DrMel_T) March 18, 2019
That is ridiculous, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve heard the same first hand about a national window fitter who said Ã¢â‚¬Å“shall we wait for your husband to come home to sort the finances?Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Ryan McDonough (@ryanmcdonough) March 18, 2019
The window company wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even quote me without my husband being at home ?
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Michaela Dickson (@MichaelaDickson) March 19, 2019
However, one person discovered the issue was more likely a technical glitch than actual sexism Ã¢â‚¬â€œ pointing out the Ã¢â‚¬Å“doctorÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“maleÃ¢â‚¬Â combination also failed.
Nikki later updated her Twitter followers, confirming that Barclaycard had processed her card application after the Ã¢â‚¬Å“technical glitchÃ¢â‚¬Â.
To follow up Ã¢â‚¬â€œ IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve spoken to @Barclaycard and theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve kindly processed my application. I always thought it was a computer glitch, I never thought they were being deliberately sexist. I just thought it was an amusing technical error that others might appreciate
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Nikki (@_hurricanenikki) March 18, 2019
Barclaycard also confirmed their systems were Ã¢â‚¬Å“certainly not programmedÃ¢â‚¬Â to not accept female doctors.
Hi Nikki. This shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t happen, our systems are certainly not programmed to do that and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had no other reports of this malfunction. Can I just ask you, did you change any details further through the application, or hit the Ã¢â‚¬ËœbackÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ button at any time during it? 1/2
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Barclaycard (@Barclaycard) March 17, 2019
It was only earlier this month that Virgin Atlantic finally ditched compulsory make-up for female air stewards.
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