Gender inequalities in today’s workforce

Gender inequalities in today’s workforce


Today the status of Inequality of gender roles in today's workplace has risen in our society today including our community we live in today. Men and Women all over our community today are getting treated less or more based on their gender, and even though this gender gap has slowly been going down, you can still see men and women who are getting looked down upon for their abilities just because they are doing a certain job position that doesn’t quite fit their gender abilities. It shouldn’t have to be this way, and I think this topic “Inequality of gender roles in today's workforce in our community” needs to be more shown aware of because these cycles of women being seen as less qualified in higher level jobs than men should be taken seriously especially in a society today where jobs positions are highly needed due to the loss of jobs throughout the pandemic. We can see gender discrimination in our community today throughout two main issues the first one is men and women are getting looked down upon because of their workplace position, and secondly men are replacing women in todays workforce and or getting paid more because these jobs are labeled as “a mens job” in our society’s social world and women are seen as less able to handle a “men’s job” for those reasons. 

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Problem Context

In today’s workplace we can see this situation still moving and growing as we see this happening right in front of us each day. Many may realize it or not but today we can see a huge rise is gender inequality for work with especially people graduating right out of college today as they apply for jobs and research says that even though a men and a women may graduate with the same degree or specifically even a bachelor's degree a lot of jobs tend to lean more towards picking a man for the job and even paying them just as more because that’s how society has always known it as. Many are afraid to say something or rise up to this challenge to fix this and make rules more equal because many don’t seem to feel much affected by this or see the big deal about making this social inequality against genders more equal everywhere because of various situations, but if there was a way to change those thoughts and make the workforce more equal no matter a certain gender or a genders ability by starting small by just spreading awareness and allowing women or men to work anywhere without focusing on who gets paid the most is a beneficial way for more people to feel worthy and have just as much respect at the end of the day. While many should be able to get the job or position not because of their gender but because of how hard of a worker they are and because they overall deserved that job and can handle that position just as well.  Evidence cite:

How did you identify this problem?

I identified this problem by looking back on one of my classes I took a semester ago and in one of my classes there were a lot of part time working students who complained about all the stress and inequality they have had to deal with during work hours. One person particularly caught my attention when she addressed a situation that had occurred one day at work and she also mentioned how it’s pretty common for people to treat her differently just because she is a girl doing a “man’s job”. This one particular person mentioned how one day she came to work at the Home Depot and an older lady needed her wood sawed and cut but asked her for a worker to handle the job for her but since she as a worker wasn’t a guy, the customer asked for a man to help her out instead because the customer didn’t think she was capable enough to get it done, even though the worker was a girl who has been doing this for a long time and has lots of experience at it. I as a student don’t work because of being a full time student but I can only imagine how hard it is for students or even older adults who have to go to work and deal with not feeling enough or appreciated for what they do just because of their gender, so many workers today are being judged and questioned for what they do because they don’t fit into a person due to as we all know gender inequity in our community.

Problem Details

Who are those affected by this problem?

The people who are most affected by this problem today are Men and Women of all ages but most specifically women who are in male workplaces who also deal with higher rates of gender discrimination because of all the high expectations society places on women in those types of work. We can also see a huge group of people being affected by this issue such as business jobs, politics, job policies and based on your work environment. It is so important to stand up and address this problem especially at work while having a clear understanding of the policies and how you are able to stay calm in those situations when so many stereotypes are being tossed around. 

How often does this problem occur?

This problem occurs daily, at least one woman or man each day gets treated unequally based on their job and the requirements, this event occurs highly with young children as well as men tend to get more help in studies than women. It is even proven that as these kids get older the rate of gender discrimination will still rise, leading them to barley see it or understand it as a problem, even thought it is a huge issue in our world today and so many people are being affected by it almost everyday. 

How long has the problem been going on?

Gender inequality in workplaces has been a problem since the mid-late 90s and to this day, women and men continue to fight stereotypes, and gender inequalities in the workplace. We’ve seen it get better over time, but the reality is that for the last 30-40 years jobs have been stereotyped into a “womens job” (such as a secretary) or a “mans job” (such as a mechanic). 

Is the problem disrupting the community? How?

The problem is clearly disrupting the community, because of the effects that these groupings of jobs have created. Since the mid 90s, we’ve seen inequality in pay, as a direct result of this stereotype. Because women are perceived by the community as weak, we see men getting paid more than men as a direct result of them doing jobs that are more “heavy duty”. This shouldn’t be the reality we live in, as women are fully capable of doing jobs like this too, but aren’t given the opportunity in their local communities. So as a result they are given less money and looked down upon compared to men. 

Is the issue perceived as a problem by the community at large?

Unfortunately, I believe that the problem isn’t being pushed out to the extent that it should. We read about inequality in the workplace all the time, a man working an office job is strange, because it’s meant for a women. A woman working in a barbershop is strange because barbers are a “mans job”. A man’s job will always be paid more than a womans job, and it isn’t fair, because women aren’t offered these entry-level positions that the men get due to their physic. Women used to make roughly 65% of a mans wage, and luckily over time we’ve seen it rise nearly 20%, getting to 80%, however it’s not 100% and we should continue to push until it’s granted.

Is the problem limited to certain geographic areas?

No, the problem is worldwide. Shown on the map on we see that the every country in the world is facing inequality. Some are far more unequal than others, for example areas in South America and Africa are the most unequal in the world, but powerhouses such as the United States and Countries in Europe still face inequality. For the most part, this will always include inequality in the workspace. 

Who are the Stakeholders, those wanting this problem to be fixed?

The stakeholders that want this problem fixed are the employees themselves. This is an issue that directly affects them whether it’s male or female. Both genders face challenges and would like to have the issue settled. This would be beneficial for companies, as it would provide a better work system, and with happier workers, we see better results in workplaces.

Addressing the Problem

Are you aware of any solutions, approaches, or efforts to tackle this problem?

The first step to tackling this issue is to realize that the problem has nothing to do with women or men. Both genders are capable of doing any job that presents themselves. In fact, as long as the job can be accomplished, there should be absolutely no problems regarding who is doing what job. The solution to this falls as a community. We must begin to accept that any gender can do any job, and for managers/owners to begin being neutral in their decisions for specific jobs. Far too many jobs focus on genders to fill specific jobs. We’ll see men favored in custodial jobs, females favored as nail techs or hairdressers. The first step is accepting equality as a local community. Eventually other communities will join in, and the world will begin to accept this reality.

What are the obstacles you are aware of to address the problem?

The main obstacle in this problem is that the people in charge refuse to pour resources into fixing this. Looking at the United States, the politics are ran by men who have been seeing this inequality for decades, but refuse to change it. The sad reality is until more women work their way up and against the system found in politics, we may not see change in the next few years unless we use our voice and stand up to this problem one step at a time. After all, we just got our first female Vice President ever in the United States with Kamala Harris. Until equality is reached in the government, the local communities won’t be fixed, unless they choose to fix it at the local community level.  

What are the success criteria that could be defined to address this problem?

I don't think that there will ever necessarily be a set list of success criteria that will confirm we have overcome our struggle with gender equality in the workplace. Truthfully, I think it'll take a lot to overcome the problem completely, but I do have some hope that we can achieve that someday. However, I do think there are signs we can identify, or success criteria we can identify, to indicate that we are making progress. One of the biggest, and most important signs is that men and women are receiving equal pay for doing the same job. Another thing that would signify we have made significant progress will be when we get to the point where we don't have “feminine” and “masculine” jobs. This way of thinking has brought about so many stereotypes, such as only women can be nail techs/ cosmetologists, and only men can be things like engineers, car mechanics. The truth is that for the most part, men and women are capable of doing the exact same jobs. You should choose your career based on what interests you and what you have a passion for, not what you feel is appropriate for your gender.