The House May Have A Glass Ceiling, But The Foundation

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The house may have a glass ceiling, but the foundation is forged from steel. A Canadian Chamber of Commerce report from 2014 estimated that by 2021 there will be approximately 1.5 million skilled labour job vacancies in Canada (Sorensen par. 4). This skill shortage is especially present in Alberta. Society has moved far away from traditional views of women and their place in the workforce, but, many barriers still exist between women and certain career paths. In a 2007 study McMullen et al. highlight that women made up only 11% of individuals who completed an apprenticeship program (Raykov et al. 3). While Canadian society continues to move away from patriarchal views of trades careers and of women, the lasting effects these beliefs create…show more content…
In combination with the oft-held belief that in rural communities, women are expected to stay home, and take on the caretaker role, gender roles remain cemented in place. Thus, women in certain communities, like rural Alberta, are still expected to stay home and conform to traditional gender roles and the view of women’s wages as supplementary are maintained. The gender pay gap also stems from the patriarchal views of employment and the gender roles that men and women are expected to hold in the public and private spheres. As women entered the workforce, “[their] earnings [were] regarded as a ‘supplementary to a husband’s wage” (Pateman 138). While Canadian society no longer holds these views, in Alberta “full-time working women earn around 37% less per year than men” (Global par. 2). Unions now include both men and women, and Canadian society no longer holds men as the primary breadwinner. Even so, the patriarchal origins of these beliefs continue to have a negative effect on women entering the workforce today, especially in the trades. The socialization women face negatively effects their ability to learn skills needed in trades careers. Girls do not get the same opportunities to gain “spatial problem solving and motor skills, and spatial perception” that boys do (Young 16). Girls are not asked to partake in tasks that require physical strength, or to “tinker” with items, to take them apart and put them back together. Strength and spatial perception are two key

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