Gender Bias in the Workplace: Its Origin, Cases and Solutions

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Gender Bias in the Workplace: Its Origin, Cases and Solutions Gender bias has long been an issue in the workplace. For decades women have suffered not only a pay gap but also an authority gap. In my paper I will outline how gender bias has taken shape within the workplace and its components. It is key that we not only study the components of the gender gap but also examine how they took root. One would think that gender bias would have subsided considerably but this is not the case. Over the decades it has grown and grown and made it even harder for progress to take shape. The Problem Over fifty years ago, in 1963, the U.S. Congress passed one of the most heralded and controversial laws in its history. This law was the Equal Pay Act of 1963. For years those fighting for equal rights looked at simply racial disparities. However, this was a major step for women in the workplace. Women had fought for decades for the rights to vote and then again for work place equality. Finally, the federal government had sided with the rights of women and sought to stop some of the injustices that had taken place. While this was a major step for women in the workplace there is no doubt that it has corroded over time. Today, women make up about half of the U.S. workforce (Gilbeman, 23). Women are not only succeeding in the workforce but also in the classroom. Women not only have higher scores on standardized tests but also have a higher rate of college graduation (Gilbeman, 23). Professional
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