Social Workers And Social Work

1652 WordsMay 6, 20167 Pages
Introduction A large component of the social work profession is cultural competency. According to the National Association of Social Workers, in order to be culturally competent, social workers should understand culture and its’ role in society (National Association of Social Workers [NASW], 2008). Social workers should be able to recognize the strength of each culture, have knowledge of their clients’’ cultures, and provide culturally sensitive services to each individual with whom they work with (NASW, 2008). Is it possible to be culturally competent when there are cultural imbalances within the positions held by social work professionals? Social work is widely known as a “female-dominated” profession. However, are females still the majority when it comes to leadership roles? The research conducted aims to find out how gender is represented in social work leadership roles and the implications this representation has for social workers and the social work profession. Literature Review Females In Social Work Throughout History The profession of social work has been around for over 100 years and throughout those 100 plus years the gender composition of social workers has remained mostly female (Abrams & Curran, 2004). Female activist Jane Addams called upon women to work towards social change. “Jane Addams, a leading figure in women’s organized social reform and social work networks, impelled women to seek remedies to the growing problems associated with a rapidly

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