Gender Inequality in the Workplace

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This paper documents the history and current status of women in the workplace and provides recommendations for improvements in the workplace. History shows that women have not always been defined as property and thought of as second class citizens. Among the ancient Celts women rulers and warriors were so common that when a group of Brigantian captives was brought to Rome in the reign of Claudius they automatically assumed his wife, Agrippina the Younger, was the ruler and ignored the Emperor while making their obeisance to her. There were also woman warriors, called the Amazons who were as real as the Greeks who wrote of them. They governed large areas of Europe, Asia Minor and Africa and were actually two different matriarchal empires founded, governed and defended by women. The advent of Christianity is believed to be the ending of matriarchal societies. The absence of feminine symbolism for God marks Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in striking contrast to the world's other religious traditions, which abound in feminine symbolism. Contradictory attitudes toward women, in those times, reflected a time of social transition, as well as the diversity of cultural influences on churches. Despite the previous public activity of Christian women, the majority of Christian churches in the second century went with the majority of the middle class in opposing the move toward equality, which found its support primarily in the rich or bohemian circles (Pagels, 63). Gnostic Christians correlate their description of God in both masculine and feminine terms with a complementary description of human nature. Most often they refer to the creation account of Genesis, which suggests an equal or androgynous human creation. Gnostic Christians often take the principle of equality between men and women into the social and political structures of their communities. The orthodox
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