Working Women In America Research Paper

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Dora Rodriguez Professor Rutledge English 1302 29 March 2014 Working Women in America On the 25 March 1911, a fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company. One hundred forty-six died on that day, most of whom were women. These young ladies had been locked in during working hours to keep the union organizers out. “The Triangle fire shocked the nation” (Davidson et al. 599). The union organizers wanted to improve working conditions for women during this era. Informing as many women as possible to protest for better working conditions as well as better pay. Since the nineteenth century women in the workforce have been under hostile conditions. Women continue to suffer penalties in the workforce for having children while working a job.…show more content…
The glass ceiling barrier is a term used by sociologists to describe an imaginary barrier women face in the workplace that keeps them from being promoted into top level positions. “In 1964, when congress passed the Civil Rights Act, that banned workplace discrimination based on race or sex, women working full time made 59 cents to a full-time working man's dollar.” (Murphy and Graff 32) Half a century has passed and women working full-time now make 77 cents to a full-time working man's dollar. Should women have to wait 100 years for this injustice to seize as African Americans have? Absolutely not. Women who are able to keep their jobs, and find a reasonable and affordable childcare facility are impacted by the glass ceiling barrier. If a single woman is considering having another child, not being able to bring home an equal pay for the same work duties a man earns, is a clear example of how the glass ceiling barrier is a penalty for women who have children while working a job. Although the glass ceiling barrier is mainly used for top level positions, it also affects women of all economic levels. “In 2002, American employers paid out over $263 million in sex discrimination lawsuits.” (Murphy and Graff 36) Companies like Wall-Mart in 2007, Home Depot in 1997, and Publix Super Markets in 1997 have all been sued for gender discrimination by numerous female workers, and all have had to settle out of court. (Trumball

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