Feminism Work Workplace Women Equality

pitlane Lần cập nhật cuối: 22 Tháng Chín, 2015

As I sit here in my cubicle, surrounded by the sounds of ringing telephones and clattering keyboards it hits me like a Mack truck. As much as I complain about my job, as much as I say that I would rather be somewhere else, there was a time when a mother would not be working outside of her home. And even before that, a married woman would not be working outside of her home. And even before that, when women were not allowed to work outside their homes, period.

The onset of Feminism brought women’s issues into the glaring spotlight of popular culture. Societal notions and assumptions placed women in a subservient position. Gender was used to determine your worth, and if you were female you weren’t worth very much. Notions that are obvious now such as: women were as smart as men, women were as capable as men and women were as determined as men were revolutionary and they brought about a change. There was a push for equality. There was a push for mutual respect. And there was a push for acceptance. Women were granted the right to vote. And when the boys’ went off to war, women picked up the slack. They worked in factories, they drove trucks and they even made guns. Feminism showed men and women alike, that there was no weaker sex.

After the war, men returned expecting to find things just as they had left them but things had changed. Given the opportunity women were thriving outside the home. They were building an income and their self worth and to return to the subordinate position was not an option. Women began to leave their homes and invade the workforce.

It was a slow process; that took place over several centuries, but women were making their way into the workforce. At first only single women were employed outside of the domestic trades, with their jobs restricted to offices. Their positions limited primarily to the secretarial pool. It was expected that they end their careers once they got married and some did. Those that remained after they were married were stigmatized and were expected to leave once they had children and some did. But slowly, over time, the numbers that returned after they become wives and mothers increased. Women were staying in school longer; they were getting diplomas and degrees. Working in the secretarial pool became just a starting point. Women were branching out and becoming supervisors, managers, and directors. Their expansion was not limited to office workers, they were moving into the trades and blue collar positions also. The presence of women in the workplace was fluid, with women experiencing greater mobility and biases being eradicated.

They were eliminating the subordination associated with being female but they were encountering new obstacles. Issues such as the double day and the glass ceiling were making it difficult for women to reach their greatest potential. The pressures to maintain a home and a career were marring the productivity of women. The double day’ was serving to perpetuate previous stereotypes that women were incapable of handling the same responsibilities as men. The glass ceiling was preventing women from achieving the positions of outside of the niches that were already established.

The feminization of the workforce was losing footing and in danger of collapsing on itself. But perseverance prevented it’s collapsed. Hard work and determination have allowed women to remain a valuable component of the work force bringing about a greater degree of equality.

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