Gender Roles: The Different Forms Of Discrimination In The Workplace

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Discrimination can take on many different forms such as racial, work, social, and gender. Gender can be considered as the social structure of the roles of males and females which can also be called gender roles. The kind of discrimination that is commonly seen is racial discrimination, and just as equally seen is the discrimination based off of gender.
The rise of gender discrimination in the work place came about with the rise of racial discrimination. The United States was in a time where white males had ultimate priorities over other races and females. The society of the United States has been carved by “policy-makers” who were males (Tanzim 6). Job seekers would post signs saying “looking for male workers” (Maclean 48). This directly made
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One form of discrimination that is apparent in almost all women holding jobs, is the disparities of salaries between males and females (Bruce et al 9). Women in the medical and nursing field are paid on average 5,000 dollars less than males are (Maier). The wage gap widens with specific professions within the medical field. For example, males in the cardiology field are paid 6,000 dollars more than women in the same field (Maier) A study was conducted within female medical holding professions that surveyed their occurrences with discrimination. The study established the varying types of discrimination that could be found in the workplace ranging from verbal, sexual, bias towards pregnancy, wage gaps, and more (Bruce et al 9). After establishing the types of discrimination, the study was broken down further into specific time intervals for each occurrence such as weekly, monthly, annually and so forth (Bruce et al 9). Results from the study showed that more than half of the surveyors experienced some form of discrimination in their careers (Bruce et al 7). This portrays the numerous occurrences of discrimination in various …show more content…
An extensive number of women work during their full length of pregnancy (Millsap 1412). Out of all the working women, about 85% are likely to become pregnant (Millsap 1412). These numbers show the range of women that can be and are already affected by discriminative acts based off of pregnancy. Women that are pregnant are treated differently and their abilities are undermined in the work place (Halpert et al 649). Perception plays a key role in the discrimination of pregnant women (Halpert et al 650). Pregnant women are viewed as being unpromotable, unreliable, irrational, emotional, limited physically, less committed to their work, and likely to leave and never return (Halpert et al 655). Performance evaluations from managers went from positive to “negative” in their “attitudes and behaviors” towards their female workers after pregnancy (Halpert et al 650). Women are the same people personality and worth ethic wise as they were before and after pregnancy, just different in the aspect of having a child. These negative attitudes change the perception of the managers, but also change the “colleagues, supervisors, and subordinates” view on female workers themselves (Halpert et al 650). These negative perceptions come from males’ tendency to avoid pregnant women. Males tend to be more accepting of pregnant women when they submit “to traditional

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