Gender Inequality Within The Workplace On The Basis Of Gender

2275 Words Apr 27th, 2016 10 Pages
More and more women are being discriminated against in the workplace on the basis of gender. A study by the Fawcett Society found that 51% of women and men from middle management to director level identify stereotyping as the major hurdle facing women at work (Rake, pg.2). Gender is socially constructed and has been effectively installed into society and has successfully worked for decades. Gender demonstrates that males are superior and designed to be dominate; which, results in the oppression of women. Women are designed based on their relationship to men and their space in male hegemonic structures (Guy-Sheftall). In short, women are defined according to men and the constraints of the social demand of men. It is evident that society’s perception of women and the gender roles that are assigned to women not only affect one’s personal life but ones professional life as well. Fifty four percent of women working part-time have been found to be ‘employed below their potential’; which amounts to 2.8 million women (ukfeminista). The aforementioned statistic highlights the idea that more than half of women employed face a barrier to advance in the workplace due to gender discrimination. Men have created a “glass ceiling” for women in the workplace. The “glass ceiling” can be described as an imaginary obstacle that lets women see the top of the corporate ladder but prevent one from ever reaching it. Women in the workplace who have better skills, talents, and education then their…

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