Gender Inequality During The Workplace

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Gender Inequality in the Workplace

Times have changed; western women have more influence in the workplace than ever before in history. Today women make up 19% of Congress, almost double the share from 20 years ago. Five percent of women are now serving as CEOs of Fortune 500 companies (Pew Research “Women in Leadership"). Approximately 65 percent of women work in high paying careers, triple that of 40 years ago. The gender gap in salary is also less than it was decades ago.
In spite of these advances, gender roles and society expectations are still keeping women from achieving equality in the workplace. Gender roles establish the attitudes and behaviors that are expected of the two sexes in a society. Sex refers to the biological differences between male and female. Gender, on the other hand is the characteristics that a society assigns as masculine or feminine.
Society expects a woman to be a nurturer and caretaker, whereas a man is expected to lead and earn money. Females are expected to be weak and submissive, whereas males are supposed to be strong and assertive. These gender expectations tend to keep women from speaking up for their rights. For instance, according to Sexual Assault Response Services, approximately 16% of women have been victims of attempted or successful rape in their lifetime, yet only 5% percent of these women actually report the rape to the authorities because they are not used to standing up for themselves.
Gender roles lower women’s…
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