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Olympian Allyson Felix on the cost of women saying ‘no’ at work

Olympic track athlete Allyson Felix discusses her collaboration with Pure Leaf in researching the financial burden women face when saying ‘no’ in the workplace.

Video Transcript

ALLYSON FELIX: Pure Leaf commissioned this study where they really tried to understand the cost of saying no. And this could be women saying no to, like, extra hours at work, covering someone else's shift, coming in on a day off. It looks like saying no is just about over $1,400 for a woman. When we look at the number as a whole of women saying no and what that looks like over time, we look into numbers like $55 billion. And it's just shocking to see that.

I think there's a lot of fear around that as well, just not even knowing what that number might be. I know for myself, when I was in that situation, I didn't know what the actual cost was going to be, but I knew it was going to be big and I knew that, you know, I would feel the effect of that. This is a great step to be able to say that, you know, we want to cover those costs and help start putting women in a position to be able to say no.