Discrimination Against Women in the Workplace

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Discrimination against Women in the Workplace
Jessica Holmes
Professor Williams
April 10, 2012

From the beginning of time the male and female have been expected to perform certain roles in society. Males have been expected to work and provide for their family while the female raises the children, cooks, cleans and keeps the house in order. Today many women have broken that tradition and are starting their careers and becoming more independent. Even though females today are braking away from that stereotype, they are being discriminated in the work place because there are still individuals out there that believe that women should play a certain role and that they are not strong enough to work in a cooperation or organization.Apart of society believes that women should not compete and take jobs away from men because men are the breadwinners for the family. I believe that women are strong enough and there are some women out there that do their job better than a male can. According to buzzle.com, the term gender discrimination basically means the prejudicial treatment of a group or a person due to their gender or sex. It involves a reinforcement of behavior and attitude on the basis of traditionally stereotypical roles people have in the society we live in. Gender discrimination can involve a whole variety of issues, from unequal pay to women being portrayed as sexual objects in the media to wives being beaten up by their spouses. While gender discrimination can affect both men and women, however, it is women who have been at the receiving end through the ages and across cultures, since most cultures in the world are male dominated. The Discrimination of Women in the Work place is an extremely important issue. Even though the Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbids discrimination against gender, discrimination of women in the workplace still occurs. This Act was put forth to ensure that employment decisions are made on the basis of an individual’s qualifications rather than there race, sex or religion. Discrimination of women in the workplace is displayed in many ways from unequal salary, sexual harassment and belief that women’s work is worth less than their male counterparts. I believe this topic is extremely important because it is a major issue in the business world. A large amount of women in the workplace don’t receive as much credit as they deserve because of their gender. Gender discrimination in the workplace is not only harmful to the professional growth of an individual but also limits the growth of a business.Some women feel they are unsecured in the man's dominating society and they also have less employment opportunities than a man does. In this paper I will be discussing six key issues that surround discrimination of women in the work place. I will also discuss the Glass Ceiling regarding women in business world, focusing on there advancement in the workplace. Before ending my paper I will give actions that can be taken when someone is experiencing gender discrimination in the workplace. One major issue involved with the discrimination of women in the work place is unequal salary.Women in nearly all job categories receive less pay than males in those job categories. There are women today working in fields who have the same education and experience as men in comparable positions that sometimes receive lower pay.Even if the man and woman doesn’t work for the same company in general, the pay for traditionally female occupations such as administrative assistants, nurses, librarians, teachers remains low in comparison with traditionally male occupations, such as engineers or lawyers. I believe that these are the jobs that are some of the most important and most challenging in our society. According to buzzle.com, a recent study by US Bureau of Labor shows that women working 41 to 44 hours a week earn 84.6% of what their male counterparts do. Women who work more than 60 hours a week were...
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