Gender Discrimination in the Human Services Area

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Question: "The human services is an area traditionally equated with 'women's work' - woman are over-represented as workers and clients (Dale & Foster 1986, p. 96). However, men are overrepresented as managers and they appear to reach these positions much more quickly than women." Discuss and specifically comment on what sorts of practice strategies, approaches and processes social workers can utilise to identify, analyse and resolve tensions and conflicts that may occur between organisational, legal and ethical principles, characteristics and requirements.
Work traditionally characterized as female nursing, teaching and social work has been undervalued, both in terms of the prestige garnered to such occupations and also by their payment scales. Today, "the traditional male occupations, law and medicine, are no longer a male-only domain. Women work as doctors, lawyers, bus drivers, postal service agents, college presidents, and physicists. Men work as nurses, teachers, social workers, and house cleaners" (Stoller 2005). However, often when males and females are present even in female-dominated professions like social work, males dominate the upper ranks of management, in leadership positions that are more highly paid.
It is essential that social work agencies exhibit a fair and unbiased attitude towards workers, both for the sake of clients as well as for the sake of employees. The fact that males often achieve positions of leadership more quickly than women has been
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