Women in the Workplace Essay

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Women in the Workplace Jessica Yenney SOC 402 Kristine Ouzts Jan. 28, 2013 Women in the Workplace For decades women have fought for their rights to be equal. The 20th century brought many major changes for women around the world. Many people have asked themselves and others what the social role of women was and are the most logical answer to most people is that women are mothers and nurturers. Barefoot and pregnant is the most stereotypical way that many look at this role. “Since early times women have been uniquely viewed as a creative source of human life. Historically, however, they have been considered not only intellectually inferior to men but, also a major source of temptation and evil (WIC, 1994-1995).” The Rights of Women was written back some time in the 1700s and women were not to talk back or stand up to their mates or husbands’, being disobedient was not tolerable in anyway. They want to stand on their own two feet, to become self-sustaining individuals and to possess the feeling of independence and freedom. Women in today’s workplace face many challenges such as discrimination, negative stereotypes of themselves, and sexual harassment. Although women in all careers are faced with these problems, the one thing that is clear is that women are striving to gain equality in the work force today. For many years, “women were considered naturally weaker than men, squeamish, and unable to perform work requiring muscular or intellectual development (WIC, 1994-1995).” All the cooking, cleaning, and child bearing was the main objective for a woman’s life. Most women were not considered very smart, but were expected to educate their children, which in turn did not go very well, the children were then not considered too smart either. “Women obtained 19 percent of all undergraduate college degrees around the beginning of the 20th

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