Media Stereotypes’ Effect on Women in the Workplace Essay

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She’s blond so she must be dumb. He is wearing glasses so he must be smart but socially awkward. She is not dressed very feminine so she must be a man-hating lesbian. He is fat so he must be lazy. He has fashion sense so he must be gay. He is wearing a turban so he must be a terrorist. These are just a few of the many stereotypes that are portrayed by the media. A stereotype is an oversimplified conception that you put on someone because of the way they look, what gender they are, or countless other categories that we put people in. Many people fail to realize how the media influences the way they think about people of a different nationality, race, religion, or gender. This widespread belief in stereotypes has adversely affected …show more content…
Of the women polled, 45% had been personally affected by stereotypes in their current workplace. The survey also showed that 85% of the women knew someone who had been affected by stereotypes in the workplace. Participants were asked the outcomes of both themselves being affected by stereotyping and someone they knew being affected by stereotyping. For those reporting that it happened to them it was about even for positive and negative outcomes. For those reporting that it happened to someone they knew, 82% said the outcome was negative. We can see by these findings that stereotyping in the workplace is not a positive influence. (Blattner, Tina)
Stereotypes in workplace can and do lead to wage discrimination. On average, women’s wages are only 81 percent of men’s wages for doing the exact same job. (Kelly, Young, and Clark) One common stereotype is that women don’t need equal pay because they are married, so their income is just a supplement to their husband’s income. Whether or not a there is another income in a woman’s family should have no bearing on what she gets paid. There is no justification for paying a woman less than a man when they are both doing the exact same thing.
A woman’s job is only to supplement a man’s job. Women are not aggressive enough. Women are not as good at problem solving. These stereotypes and more pose serious challenges to women’s career advancement. If a woman’s job is only to help a man why
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