Disparity Between Men And Women In The Workplace Essay

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Throughout history, the work men did differed greatly from the work women did. There are many factors that come into play to determine why there is such great disparity between men and women in the workplace.

Gender socialization is the process in which males/females are taught the “norms” and behaviors that are associated with their gender. This creates gender stereotypes such as how females expected to take care of the children and clean the house while men are expected to go out and work, this gives you an idea of why there is such great disparity between men and women. This explains the occupational segregation between men and women, as women are encouraged to aspire only to certain types of careers such as teachers and nurses while
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During the early days of agricultural societies, the position of men and women were relatively equal. However, once the development of the plow came, women’s contribution and position declined. Than the activity of plundering saw the need to introduce a class called the warriors, which were typically held by men to prevent anyone from stealing their goods. This caused the woman 's position to go up in power and importance. During the early days of the industrial revolution, women played an important role as workers as only 33% of workers in the british textile factories were adult males. Women and children were employed because it was acceptable to pay them less, and women’s low wages and the acceptability of it was important for the success of the “putting-out” system. The “putting-out” system saw merchants “putting out” raw materials to be worked on and collecting the finished products to be sold. The reason women were important for this was because merchants were able to undercut artisans wages by employing women with low wages instead of artisans. They did this by breaking tasks into their simplest components and passing that work off to cheap laborers such as women, also known as the analysis of labor. So one worker might make the soles of a shoe, another worker would make the top, and another one would stitch it together. Life cycles was another reason as to why men and women held such different roles. Life cycles were the ordering of roles you were expected to follow, such as middle aged men being employed. Back then, it was common to see women leave the workforce after the birth of their first child, which meant that the men were the workers while women were

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