Essay about Women in the Workplace

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Running Head: WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE 1

Women in the Workplace
Michelle Hyatt
Dr. Kenneth Larimore, Ph.D.
Introduction to Sociology
September 4, 2011

WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE 2 Women have been treated very unfair for many, many years throughout the workplace. Women today are almost as equal as men in the workplace, but it has taken lots of work to get there. In this paper, you will read about the beginning of when women started working, some of the key examples as to why women have been treated unfairly, and through today, how things have changed. Only after you read this paper, you will then see why women have fault so hard to be just as equal as men in the workplace. Women have always been know to raise children
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In fact, “after 1691, many women came to America as servants and slaves from Africa and did much of the heavy work in homes and in the cotton fields” (Mills, 1995, Pg. 92). Through various wars and disasters happening, women worked very hard to raise a living for their families, perhaps even harder than men. Throughout immigrant communities, daughters were even required to work. “Protective Old World Traditions demanded that married women and mothers stay at home, and their children be taken out of school and sent out to work. Those children could have been as young as 13 of 14 years old and were expected to hand their paychecks over to the family. They received back usually enough money for carfare and lunch money and the rest went to the family for living expenses” (Smith, 1994, pg. 63).
Throughout those same times, women got paid very little for the work they did and receive barely enough money to bring food to the table. “During the 1800’s, men were allowed to pocket their wives earnings” (Doyle, 2011). They were very dependent upon their employers/masters to provide them enough to keep their family healthy and give them everything they needed, not necessarily what they wanted. This is why even children got thrown out to make a living and bring home additional income for the family, just to survive. Moving on through the years to the 1900‘s, more and more women were out in the workforce, but still not

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