Working women have come a long way from the days when fetching the boss a scotch and getting a smack on the ass was considered team building. Sure, there's still the odd awful incident, like the case of a woman who was fired from her job for being too attractive, but in general, women can consider themselves equal to their male colleagues in every way. Except for all the ways they still aren't.
Now, there tends to be a knee-jerk reaction to lists like this from many readers, often because dudes can read these as personal accusations. ("I've never sabotaged a woman in my life! Stop yelling at me!") But we're not accusing anybody here. Most of the headwinds women face when trying to advance in the workplace exist due to cultural inertia. This is how we've always done it, and fundamental habits are hard as shit to change (for evidence, read the comments on any similar article).
But regardless of who is or isn't at fault, the data says ...
Women Get Stuck With "Office Housework" Which They Can't Refuse Without Damaging Their Careers
Everyone in your department's gathered for a meeting, when someone points out that there's no coffee. A meeting without coffee is like a wedding without an open bar, but the secretary's on the phone with a client and the unpaid intern is out in the woods somewhere looking for leprechaun gold for the amusement of the rest of the office. So the task inevitably falls to whichever woman happens to be closest to the coffeemaker, regardless of whether they're the newbie or the highest-ranking person in the room.
It's called office housework, and it also includes meeting preparation and notes, party planning, convincing people that the party won't be a tedious waste of time, etc. Basically, it's all the crap that no one wants to do but is absolutely essential for keeping an office humming along smoothly. The problem is that women get stuck with it disproportionately, even when their pay grade should put them far beyond menial duties. Yeah, that murder trial tomorrow is important and you should prepare for it tonight, but Steve's birthday cupcakes aren't going to bake themselves!
"Please try to save one; my client's going to need some cheering up when he gets the death penalty."
It's a subject no one wants to put any thought or effort into, so women get stuck with it by default because we still see housework as a woman's chore ... even if said woman could be making a few hundred bucks spending an hour with a client instead of explaining to her underlings that eight cheese dips and 12 deserts don't constitute an appropriate potluck.