DSC_0166Although for some it may sound ridiculous, women continue to be the victims of gender discrimination. For many, discrimination is natural and based upon an historical expectation passed forth from household to the workforce. True enough, compared to other times in history, women have achieved more respect and recognition than at any other time… let’s take a minute or two to reflect.

Helping lead the way was The Equal Pay Act in 1963, designed to protect women who perform substantially equal work in the same establishment from sex-based wage discrimination. Additionally, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. (http://www.eeoc.gov/).

Though legislation to balance the field is in place, gender discrimination still exists.

Going back in history we learn World War II proved to highlight the necessity to have women become workforce active. After all, tools for war needed to be manufactured and factories were in desperate need of laborers. Statistically, before the war it was uncommon for women to work outside of their home. Thanks to the war, the number of working women rose from 14.6 million in 1941 to 19.4 million in 1944. Didn’t take long, but in only a few years, women proved they could do the same work as men.

More than 50 years ago The Equal Pay Act was passed to help correct compensation injustices. Not too long ago women were making 59 cents on the dollar for every dollar earned by a man.

Is it? Is it not? Jumping to modern times, on average women make 77cents on the dollar compared to what a man earns. Is this discrimination?

The reasons many companies prefer men over women in the workforce, even when women have a higher education level and/or the same experience as men, are too many to mention. Historically and culturally, there was (is?) the idea women want only to get married and have children, representing limitations for the employer. For the hiring manager, women represent extra expenses such as absences due to maternity responsibilities, as one of the reasons preventing women from getting a raise or a promotion… or so I’ve experienced first-hand.

Physical appearance represents another issue for consideration. (Un)Truth is, an attractive woman might represent a future sexual harassment law suit based on the number of males in the workplace. A woman that does not appear physically capable might not get even hired because the employer is making assumptions based strictly on gender without giving her the opportunity to prove him wrong. (Finn, Lisa. Demand Media)

Examining the issue objectively, Bloomberg performed an analysis and found average earnings for women to be lower than those for men. In 264 out of 265 major occupation categories, men earned more than women, representing 99.6% of all occupations. (www.bloomberg.com)

Gender discrimination is alive and kicking… no longer can our progressive country hide from the truth.

In a world of blatant discrimination, women must place success in their own hands, never settle for status quo, insist on progress, and understand that there is no limit to what can be accomplished.

Final truth: The world needs more talented, powerful, and smart women.

Already gaining steam, women can achieve equality by continuing their education, earning higher degrees, becoming entrepreneurs, and owners of their own ideas  as well as the architects of their own careers.

Penned by Carolina Mancipe
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6 responses »

  1. Yes, indeed women are capable of doing anything men can do. However, women have always been treated wrongfully due to their gender.
    Women have truly proved they could make their own decision and find themselves to be as equal into society.

    I also believe women should be treated as equal in every aspect.

  2. Caroline Kika-Smithwick says:

    I completely agree being a middle aged entreprenurial woman. The glass ceiling is hard to break. I previously worked in a mostly male dominated industry, but with hard work I surpassed most of my male counterparts by forming my own company. I believe you can do anything you set your mind to if put forth your greatest effort.

    • D. Huffman says:

      Agreed but it takes much more than setting a goal, it takes a great deal of effort (which I believe you fully acknowledge). No doubt the world has changed from just a few years ago and the future can be most rewarding for those willing to put forth the effort.
      Thank you for the submission and look forward to more from you.

  3. Tracy Harmon says:

    The future still holds many open opportunities to eliminate gender discrimination.

  4. shawna mattis says:

    I agree with the blog. Not a lot of people would even consider talking about this topic because they do not want to deal with controversy that comes along with it, but I feel that if more people would recognize it and speak more about it that things will start to change more even though their still be a discrimination.

    • D. Huffman says:

      When it comes to conflict resolution, presentation is the key. One cannot go into a situation without an open mind and a true desire to resolve. We’ll go over a few techniques as the weeks progress.
      Thanks for the comment.

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