Women & Social Interaction in Public Restrooms

October 1, 2013

Studies show that women spend more than twice the time in restrooms than men. And, contrary to some misconceptions, most aren’t stalling in the stall. “We’re not standing in there to socialize,” says Kirsten Palley, who attended the stadium’s grand-opening tour. “We’re socializing because we’re standing in line.”

Modern clothing and female biological functions make the process more tedious and time-consuming. The solution, some say, is to build more toilets for women. That answer seemed to pay off at Lucas Oil Stadium. “You get through much faster than at the RCA Dome,” says Lorraine, a Colts fan who declined to give her last name. “I haven’t waited once.”

Indiana’s building code requires one men’s toilet and two women’s toilets for every 100 people in stadiums and pools. In 2005, the New York City Council passed a law requiring a 2-to-1 ratio for women’s to men’s restrooms in all public places. Likewise, California, Minnesota, Pennsylvania,Tennessee, Texas and Washington all have laws that require some sort of restroom equality. The federal government, however, hasn’t addressed the issue.