Comparing Cultural Gender Roles Essay

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Gender and the ways gender is portrayed in society varies from culture to culture. Gender roles have changed drastically, especially during the 20th century and continue to evolve to this day. For years now there have been preconceived notions about genders and the roles each one should play in society, home, workplace, etc. Most times gender roles are associated with stereotypes and previous gender roles. Gender role plays different parts in religion, culture, society, time periods, countries, etc. Women rights and power varies in time and location and it is very interesting to look at the events, cultures, and customs that were taking place in that particular time period to get a better idea of the gender role concept. During my…show more content…
This is quite a simple concept of giving equal opportunities to all qualified applicants despite gender, race, religion etc. but it is the way its said that makes it powerful. A person should be hired on the basis of ability and production rather than gender or race. I was not aware that women had used the Civil Rights Act to gain some equality and opportunities, such as hiring processes (men and women treated equally), and also women’s ability to move up and be promoted. We also saw the categorical requirements, such as height and weight, removed. Once women were inside the workplace they faced a new set of problems, sexual harassment, poor treatment and no accommodations for pregnancy. Women being encouraged or even forced to wear provocative clothing, being sexually harassed and being on the end of lewd jokes was another obstacle women had to overcome. I believe this is where popular culture comes into play more than anything. If all ideas about women in the workplace stem from a time period where they were discriminated against and looked at to be lesser than men, then once they arrive in the workplace they will most likely not be treated fairly. It must have been tough for the pioneers of women in the workforce having to deal with all these obstacles. Pre-existing thoughts, viewpoints, ideas and assumptions based on popular culture made it that much more difficult for women to break down the barrier in the workplace. For
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