Barriers Of Women In The Workplace

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While women have made substantial gains towards achieving equality in the workplace, this goal has yet to be completely achieved. Even in 2017, women still only earn approximately 80 percent of the salary that a man earns. Given the continual lack of equality in the workplace, the natural question is “How can women help close the wage gap and achieve true equality in the workplace?” Sheryl Sandberg reasons in her book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, that women face many internal barriers, such as a hesitancy to speak up and take risks in the workplace, which ultimately, hinder their ability to advance in the workplace and achieve true equality. However, Sandberg fails to acknowledge the true significance of the presence of external barriers that women face, assuming that society as a whole in the United Stares has progressed to a point where these outer obstacles no longer exist. Unfortunately, society is not as progressed as Sandberg believes, as women continue to face many barriers outside of their control. Ultimately, holding women back in the workplace is the lack of public policy to support women and society’s expectations for women: to be the primary caretakers of families, and to exhibit stereotypically feminine traits in the workplace. It is often expected of women to be the primary caretakers for their families’, a notion which is reinforced through public policy in the United States. The United States is one of the only developed countries which does not
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