Gender Barriers At The 1960 ' S Essay

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Gender Barriers to Leadership Before the 1960’s, the ideal image of a family was the cliché father who worked all day and was in charge of all the financial issues. Women typically stayed home with the children and took care of the family and the house. In our world today, this is not as common and women are making their way into the workforce more and more each day. However, women have many obstacles when trying to advance and move up in relation to men. I will present a few barriers women experience and use the Textbook’s information to better understand how to overcome those obstacles before I fall victim to them. Women are relatively new to the labor force. The iconic Rosie the Riveter represents a movement that encouraged women to enter the workforce during World War II, to compensate for the men who were drafted into the war. Even after this time it continued to be an ongoing fight. Men tend to get hired and promoted over women at a higher rate. Unfortunately, this is a barrier that may be out of my control. By reason of experience, managers who are looking to hire or promote tend to favor the candidates that remind them of a younger image of themselves. Hermina Ibarra, Robin Ely, and Deborah Kolb explain in their article, “Women Rising: The Unseen Barriers” this thought that men tended to those individuals who resembled their own background and accomplishments is referred to as Second-Generation Gender Bias (64). The authors present some helpful practices to…

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