Gender in the Workplace
February 15, 2013
Revising Workplace Culture
Changes in the workplace have come a long way; however, there is still a long way to go. There are several ways to make the changes that are so desperately needed. In the first article, Making Change: A Framework for promoting Gender Equity in Organizations, the authors introduces four frames to achieve workplace equity. The first is to fix the woman; this means that women assimilate to the work culture. The second frame is celebrating the differences that each gender brings to the table. The third frame is to create equal opportunity. The fourth frame is changing the work culture; the existing culture comes from socially constructed gender roles. In A Modest Manifesto for Shattering the Glass Ceiling the authors talk about four approaches to bringing equality to the workplace. They focus on how small wins will eventually become big wins. The third article, Tempered Radicalism: Changing the Workplace from within was the most liberal. Tempered radicalism is taking the middle road, you work for change but you are careful not to push too hard. One main theme throughout the articles was that workplace bias stems from how society has constructed workplace culture, and that it does not really benefit either sex. Men are just as encumbered by the system in place, in order to create equality in the workplace the culture has to change. Tempered radicalism focuses on making changes gradually,
“Women and men from different backgrounds, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, ages, professions and political persuasion have resonated to the concept of tempered radicalism as they try, in their own ways, to maintain legitimacy within traditional contexts, while they assert themselves and their hopes for social change.” (Meyerson and Scully, 265) This method is a very liberal approach to gaining equality. Tempered radicals walk a fine line of fitting into a traditional...