Women in the Workplace

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In recent years there has been a drastic increase in the number of women entering and participating in the labor force (Hepburn & Simon, 2006). Since early history and the ancient civilization of man, women have played a secondary role, in which women were and still are viewed as less adequate than a man. A women’s traditional role in society is that of raising children, fulfilling duties around the house, and being the primary nurturer of the family. Many women in today’s society want and desire careers and a place in this Country. They want to stand on their own two feet, to become self sustaining individuals and to possess the feeling of independence and freedom. Issues that have and still plagued women in the workplace are many. Women…show more content…
As stated previously, women have taken the role of housewife, mother, and nurturer throughout history. Women have long been stereotyped to stay at home and take care of the house and children. It has been their job to cook the meals, do the laundry, and manage the children’s life. Even today, motherhood is still considered to be the primary role for women. Women that do not take on this role are often viewed as selfish. In the past women that took on roles outside the home are stereotyped as self centered. Because women were thought of as homemakers, they often held jobs that were meaningless and not considered prestigious. Clearly, circumstances of family life have changed in the modern era. Large populations of women have and will continue to join the workplace. Although this period of change has helped shape the role of women today, women in corporate America are still oppressed. Even in today’s society, women are not treated the same as men. One area that clearly shows this oppression is the area of equal pay for men and women. Since the equal pay act of 1963 equal pay has been the law. Even though it has been 40 years since the enactment of this law, women are still paid less than men, even when women have the same education, skills, and experience as a man according to the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations. In fact, women are paid 77 cents for every dollar a man earns (AFL-CIO). These figures are even more

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