When SoulPancake co-founder and general manager Shabnam Mogharabi and Rainn Wilson were pitching their media company to investors three years ago, Mogharabi said she encountered a startling moment of sexism while on a business call with a “a very, very large media company.”
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“There’s this weird noise going on in the background,” Mogharabi said of the call with the company’s board, which consisted of “all white men over the age of 65.”
“So one of the men from the board goes, ‘Hey, uh, Sha- Shabnam? Is that you with the vacuum going on in the background? Would you mind going on mute?’” she told TheWrap CEO Sharon Waxman at the third annual BE Conference at the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica.
“And I go, ‘I’m in my office right now, it’s very quiet. It’s not me,’” she continued. “And another guy goes, ‘Oh, sorry… that’s me. I’m gonna go on mute. I’m working from home today — that’s the housekeeper in the background. Sorry about that.’”
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