Critical Analysis On Gender Stereotypes

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Critical Analysis on Gender Stereotypes in the Workforce Yesenia Bachez California State University, Los Angeles Critical Analysis on Gender Stereotypes in the Workforce Despite various changes in the workforce, it is apparent that gender stereotypes are not extinct and are still very powerful generalizations. Through this reflection paper I hope to successfully analyze gender stereotypes and the impact they have on the workforce. Gender stereotypes influence our judgment and assessment, which ultimately leads to individuals treating women and men differently. As a society we continue to uphold a social structure that favors patriarchy and brands gender specific characteristics as opposed to removing gender from the equation and simply classifying leadership traits. Body Gender classification This gender specific classification is highlighted in Dr. Sandra Lipsitz Bem’s Sex Role Inventory. The Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI) is a measure based on gender stereotypes, in which Dr. Bem categorized 20 feminine and 20 masculine characteristics. Examples of feminine traits include being affectionate, cheerful, sensitive to the needs of others, soft-spoken, understanding, and yielding. Masculine traits consist of acting as a leader, being aggressive, ambitious, assertive, competitive and forceful. Research on the BSRI showed that traditional definitions of femininity and masculinity continue to uphold gender expectations in today’s culture (Prentice &
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