Upon precedent events and what history has held within of instances of injustices in various sectors and against various societal groups,one is bound to instigate this by gratefully admitting that it’s a lucky strike women no longer live in the world of their mothers and grandmothers, where job lanes were mostly paved blue, back when blue represented the more capable gender. Today, and despite how far humanitarianism has come, women’s fights for rights in general, and occupational equality and equal pay in specific, is still an ongoing battle, fueled by the continuous, outrageously unfair gender-based discrimination. Women are taught to be domestic beings, fit for marriage and children raising. They’re told to be ambitious and successful, but never too ambitious or too successful, as that is claimed to compromise their essential duties. Their eating, driving, speaking manners, the way they dress, the way they carry themselves, the decisions they want to make concerning their own bodies are controlled by generations-old rules set by male-dominated societies that ensure men will continually have the ultimate upper-hand. All this renders it almost impossible to fathom how the workplace can be spared all this systematically integrated discrimination against women,which speaks importance as to why the latter will be particularly shed light on.
In attempts to shed light on the various practices that showcase the rampant bias against women in the workplace, the story of a high-level, great potential possessingmarketing seniorpaints an instant picture of the added struggles women are bound to bear, for merely being women.The marketing senior shared her story with the Harvard business review and preferred to have her name disclosedin fear of the consequences that accompanies a woman speaking up against her superiors, which alone speaks volume to how all the set rules and manufactured taboos associated with women’s duties in the workplace are in urgent need of reconstruction. She kept waiting for 12 yearsto be offered a promotion, that hasn’t been even granted eventually,disregarding the level of professionalism that has been displayed throughout the years and the general textbook definition of professionalism ought to be respected by both the employer and the employee, while fellow, later hired, less qualified male marketers have already ranked up.This example is not a one-time occurring incident, but in fact one of a chain of incidents that confirm that males are 40% more likely to be offered a promotion than a woman in institutional firms of any identity. Women are routinely passed over when it comes to promotions. The higher the post, the less likely a woman. Women who manage to break through this so-called “glass-ceiling” into decision-making positions remain the exception to the rule as even in female-dominated sectors where there are more women managers, a disproportionate number of men rise to the more senior positions.
Women are held to higher standards and are expected to work 10 times harder to cater for a job of a man in the same position, then bluntly enough called pugnacious for excelling. Women are penalized for choosing to simultaneously start a family and pursue a career of their own, by denying them their rights to a paid maternal leave in more than 42% of firms and agencies. Women have their hormones and physiques conditioning their competency for a certain position. Not only that, the gender gap stretches out to have women bound to talk sports and cars, dress in suits, grab a beer, or be referred to as “bro” in attempts for them to have a friendlier work environment. Current numerical figures reveal that the pay gap between female and male CEOs has reached more than £ 15,ooo in the UK which is a wage gap best described as drastic and ingenuously illogical, and standing witness to this are many high profiled women bosses like Oprah, Viola Davis, Ursula Burns, Mary T. Bara among others who have excelled, each in her own domain.Furthermore, women very often fall victims to sexual harassmentwhichis an insidious form of sex discrimination that involves any unsolicited behavior, verbal or physical, of sexual nature that interferes with work performance, affects a person’s employment, or creates a hostile work environment. These can range from inappropriate sexual jokes to the use of sexual slurs and non-consensual touching and are usually unheededor unfairly stereotyped to stigmatize the victims which conditions them to stay silent in dread of getting fired, demoted or blamed for compromising the workplace image.
To sum up, the discrimination against women in the workplace sadly remains a 2020 issue, that persistently continues to exist and as a result power various movements that call for equality and inclusion and fairness without which the role of women as major systematic contributors to the society is hindered and put to waste. Yet, it is necessary to point out that discrimination at work will not vanish by itself; neither will the market, on its own, take care of its elimination. The elimination of discrimination requires deliberate, focused and consistent efforts and policies by all parties concerned over a sustained period of time.