Gender Stereotypes And Gender Roles Essay

1698 Words May 4th, 2015 7 Pages
Persistent gender stereotypes influence the opportunities that are afforded women in the workplace and largely favor the communication and leadership styles typically attributed to men, resulting in diminished compensation for females compared to their male counterparts. A 24-page report published by Catalyst, Inc. found that both men and women assume that women are best suited to take on caretaker roles within society. Although women may tend to be more supportive and collaborative, these traits are not, in reality, impediments to success within the workforce. Men are stereotypically considered more assertive, with a skill set stronger in the areas of influencing superiors and delegating responsibility. On the other hand, women are often stereotyped as more passive than men, which is thought to inhibit their ability to influence and delegate to subordinates from positions of leadership (Carter).
Stereotypes are often created and maintained by the gender-based roles that both men and women have traditionally assumed in daily life, and the spillover of such roles into the workplace. For example, men are expected to hold power positions such as owner, CEO or district manager because they have been socialized to be dominant, and women are expected to hold lower positions such as sales representatives, assistants, and secretaries because they have been socialized to serve, care for, or assist men. Gender role stereotypes continue to hinder women’s opportunities in the…

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