Women and Flexibility in the Workplace

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Women and Flexibility in the Workplace Flexibility denotes the ability to bend without breaking. Women over the years, and under constantly changing circumstances, have maintained their ability to bend without breaking. This ability helps them with the constant change that comes with the social structure of the work environment. "Functionalists argue that males hold dominant positions because of the masculine traits of competiveness, physical strengths and mechanical aptitude. In comparison, women hold the supportive positions in society as a result of the feminine traits of ability to nurture, emotional strength, and empathetic approach to problem solving". (Giraffe, V. 2011, sec. 3.5). Functionalists would argue that it is gender that determines abilities, and that this holds sway over success in the workplace. Reality would support the opposite, that it is in fact the traits that support the individual. For once chauvinism may actually have worked in favor of women. By forcing women into the supporting roles, society likely gave them exactly what they needed to become successful in ways men cannot. "Women took on the roles of parent, housekeeper, teacher, mediator, bookkeeper, police, plumber, chef, etc. (Women and Work Human Resources comments all while still maintaining the illusion of grace, style and gentility. All necessities in the workplace. Women took on all of these roles at home, and when in a time that the country needed them, the roles of their men, too. World War II was a proving ground for the true flexibility of women and how well they would fair in the workplace. Women became adept an adapting between home and work, juggling becoming a natural ability for most due to the sociocultural structure they had been brought up in. One could even say that this was the driving factor for their success. An individual who can support and nurture another
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