Gender Inequality

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Gender inequality has been a long standing issue throughout history. While for some people there is no gender inequality at the workforce some studies and research have shown the contrary. Despite the effort to combat gender discrepancies at the workplace gender equity has yet not being reached. Gender itself plays an important role at the workforce because some people stereotype a person according to their gender and not by their capacity. Stereotypes are characteristics attributed to people based on their membership in a social group (Gungor and Biernat, 2008).Women are perceived as more caring, submissive and less assertive/ambitious while widely held attributes of men include dominance, and leadership. These attributes perceived on…show more content…
Single mothers’ income was 21% lower that of single fathers in 2010. Moreover, studies have shown that single mothers are more likely than single fathers to be in poverty that other US households. Employed single mothers are more frequently judged harsh that employed fathers. Employed fathers are regarded as better parents and more professionally competent than employed mothers (Etaugh & Folger, 1998). They are regarded as better fathers because they go to work to sustain their children and seek their professional ambitions, but when a mother goes to work and seeks her professional ambition is frowned up because women are stereotyped and think that women should stay home and care for their children. Furthermore, women who are pregnant or have two children are less likely to be hired or promoted because for some employers it shows lack of commitment (Fuegen et al., 2004). Others studies state that disparities in income can be explain through the Human Capital Theory which refers to the knowledge , personal and social attributes that an individual posses. One of this attributes apply the type of education one has and how it can help on the job desired. But, despite the education one has when it comes to explaining the gender pay gap the experience is what remains at the top in explaining it. Although today there are mothers on the job they still have less job experience than non-mothers or men because they have to take
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