Gender Inequalities In The Workplace

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Women have been steadily making their way into the workforce and now, more than ever, you see women in typically male dominated workplaces. Though it is a step in the right direction for gender equality many inequalities still exist within the workplace. Women are still paid significantly less than their male counterparts, they have less of a chance for promotions and when being the minority they experience more harassment in the workplace.

While being a working woman has become quite common in today 's society being a high-paid woman is not something that is easily come by. Many women are considered to be “pink-collar workers”; women that have relatively low paying, non-manual, semi skilled positions (Society in Our Times, 2017). Without
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An alarming amount of women are victims of sexual harassment in the workplace - especially when they are the minority. There are two types of sexual harassment within the workplace; Quid pro quo harassment and hostile environment sexual harassment. Quid pro quo harassment involves sexual threats or bribery linked to getting a job, keeping a job or receiving a promotion or training opportunity. Hostile environment sexual harassment includes sexual jokes, comments, and touching that may create a sexualized environment or one that degrades women (Brym, 2011). In many cases sexual harassment goes unnoticed or undocumented and has become such a norm that many women don’t realize that they have fallen victim to such behaviour. In jobs such a waitressing, or some retail stores, where the majority of workers are women, sexual harassment is very common because of the sexual behaviours many sales based corporations require of their staff: short shirts, high heels, revealing shirts are all examples of sexual behaviours required by many of these employers. Such behaviour has been a major factor in the way that society now accepts or overlooks common sexual …show more content…
This is something that does not happen as often in typically male dominated occupations, though there are exceptions to this. The over-sexualization of women makes it difficult to be hired into a male dominated occupation without experiencing sexual harassment even when the woman has equal education and training. At its core, sexual harassment lets women know they are not welcome in certain workplaces and that they are not respected members of the work group (Brym,

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