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The Struggles Of Working Women

Men and women have been viewed differently for the longest time. Even until today when the world at large is more tolerant and accepting of gender diversity, we can’t deny the fact that men and women still play different roles in society. Technological innovations have been outstanding but there are certain things that never change. Sure, there may be more women in the workforce now but does that really reflect how much things have changed for the better for the more feminine of the sexes or are there still underlying gender issues that still plague modern-day women especially the working ones? At this day and age, what could possibly be the problems faced by all women regardless of what part of the world they live in and how do they cope with it are just some of the questions we are still seeking answers for.

What we may be seeing right now of women being hired in more jobs across a variety of industries may very well just be a smokescreen of underlying issues that spam centuries ago. It is perhaps true that more women are hired in different jobs right now but many factors still prevent them from getting the recognition or promotion they deserve because those in senior level positions still believe that it is a man’s world out there and women should stay clear of top-tier management positions. Aside from gender, a woman’s ethnicity also plays a major role as to whether or not she’ll prosper in the workplace.

There’s little doubt that women have come a long way in the workplace — but just how far have they come? Your answer to that depends on whether you’re a man or a woman.

According to “Women in the Workplace 2017,” a research report from consulting giant McKinsey & Company in partnership with advocacy group Lean In, men think women are faring better in the workplace than they are.

Consider this: At organizations where only 10 percent of women are in senior-level positions, 50 percent of men surveyed said that women are well represented in leadership.

Nearly 60 percent of men said diversity was important to their company, versus 45 percent of women.

And 63 percent of men said their company was taking strides to improve gender diversity, compared to 49 percent of women.

(Via: http://www.businessadministrationinformation.com/general-business/how-organizations-are-failing-women-and-4-things-you-can-do-about-it)

Women may have achieved a lot over the years but gender-related issues haven’t completely died down. You don’t even have to look far to witness it personally as I am sure you are aware that these things happen in your own workplace or other institutions whether private or public. While this is a reality that we can all see nowadays, not all companies have the same practices. If you are a woman and want to pursue your own self-actualization in your chosen craft, try to be a little picky in choosing a job especially if you want to go high up the ladder and work at a company that does not discriminates men and women but give you what is due depending on your performance and results.

To start with, having more women employees, particularly in leadership roles, can reduce the incidence of harassment. Why? It’s not that women are somehow themselves preventing the behavior—in fact women too can be perpetrators—but that male-dominated organizations are more likely to have cultures characterizedby aggressive and competitive behaviors and so-called locker-room culture. In addition, compared with women, men tend to have more trouble recognizing when women are being treated in an unfair or sexist way. This sets the stage for harassment: In such contexts, norms of professionalism can give way to boorish interactions in which women are treated as sexualized pawns rather than as valued and competent work colleagues. And if men are less likely to label what their male colleagues are doing as inappropriate, it can make matters worse.

What’s more is that in these hypermasculine settings, when women rise up the ranks, men can feel that their dominance is being threatened. In fact, the most common form of harassment is not the solicitation of sex, but rather what’s called gender harassment—sexist comments, obscene gestures, publicly displayed pornography—which serve as tools for putting women “in their place.” Women who violate feminine ideals by having a “man’s job” or behaving in “masculine” ways such as expressing strong opinions, being assertive, and having supervisory roles are more likely to experience such harassment.

(Via: https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/11/organizations-sexual-harassment/546707/)

As if women don’t have a lot on their plates already, they also face an awful large amount of sexual advances from the opposite sex in the work setting. Even women in position aren’t exempted and may at times be the subject of a typical man’s harassment. Men sometimes fail to recognize when their behaviors border that of a pervert and therefore unacceptable. What a simple flirting is for them is actually sexual harassment already and can make the life of a female colleague unbearable. Some men even look down on women no matter how successful they are simply because these males think women are the weaker sex and is the subject of their own enjoyment like when they give uncalled for sexist comments and again, sexual harassment, for instance. This is truly still a work in progress and we can only hope for the time to come when everyone will be treated equally for real.

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