Gender Equality in the Workplace

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Sondra Douglas English Honors Gifted- 4th Mrs. Hotlets March 4, 2014 Gender Inequality in the Workplace Gender inequality is the unequal treatment or perceptions of individuals based on gender. Over the last 50 years, the involvement of women and fairness has been a problem. Economically, women, particularly poor women and African American women did not fare well during this time period. Inequality grew as wages remained depressed and tax cuts to the wealthy failed to “trickle down” to the bottom of the economic ladder where nearly half of the female labor force was concentrated (Justin Karr pg. 41). This issue started the women’s movement in the early 1960’s, which emerged as a potent force for change. The women’s movement helped make some great strides, but despite the achievements made by the movement toward gender equality in America, equality hasn’t been improved in the economic sphere. In 1971 the Supreme Court held for the first time that the Constitution prohibited discrimination against women (Justin Karr pg. 38). Discrimination can come in forms, of sexual harassment, withholding promotions based on gender, giving a different job title to a woman and preventing women in participating in training opportunities. In some situations a woman might suffer from discrimination based on her clothing or physical appearance. The employer might hire attractive women over the most qualified candidates because they think she might bring in more sales. If a woman does not appear physically able she may not get hired for jobs that require physical strength. Another form of discrimination is when a woman who has the same job title as a man and responsibilities is paid less. According to a 2010 study, women only earned 77 cents to every dollar men earned, this in fact shows that there is gender discrimination and a gap that needs to be resolved. Women in the workforce
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