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The Surprising Reason Women Are Always Freezing at Work
byEricka SouterAug 04, 2015
Wage gaps and glass ceilings aren't the only ways women get
the shaft in the workplace. If you toil away in an office and you're always
freezing, that is no accident. According to a new study published in Nature, most office buildings are set at a temperature that keeps
men perfectly comfortable.
temp was set at 70 degrees in the 1960s by the American Society of Heating,
Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. It was based on a number of
factors, including the resting metabolic rate of the average-size man and his
typical clothing. It's no wonder women are shivering through the day. We
typically don't generate as much body heat and our wardrobe isn't nearly as
heavy. It's also why so many woman make sure to leave a warm, comfy sweater
draped on our desk chairs.
For many women, this is yet another example of this clearly being a "man's world." There is an easy fix for this clearly inequitable situation:
Turn up the thermostat. Women would
likely prefer a 75-degree environment. Experts say the benefits of doing that
would be manifold. Not only would women be more comfortable, it would also save
energy. The study has even motivated some workers to lobby officer managers to
add a few additional degrees on the dial. Just one problem—will the temp then
be too hot for the men? This could spark an entirely new battle in the office gender wars.