A new study is reporting that in the United Kingdom, 1 in 3 married or engaged women take off their wedding rings when they are in certain situations out of fear that the ring will ruin their prospects.
The researchers interviewed 1,712 married or engaged women over the age of 18.
The researchers found that %35 of women stated that they removed their rings at work, %29 said they did so during job interviews and 22 percent admitted taking their rings off while socializing.
When the researchers asked the participants why they chose to take of their rings, %62 of the women who took off their rings during work said that they did not want the ring to hurt their career or job prospects. For the women who took off their rings during a job interview %71 of them expressed the same concerns.
The researchers found that during the interviews, %55 of the women stated that their interviewers or employers were females and that they were worried that a ring would indicate that they were not planning on working long since they might start a family soon.
For the group of women who took their rings off during social situations, %59 of them admitted that they did so to appear single.
%8 stated that they feared losing their rings. Surprisingly, one in ten, equivalent to %11, women stated that they took off their rings to cheat.
This reports opens light to the problems women might have with being judged based on their marital status. The findings suggest that more needs to be done in the workplace to fix these stereotypes.