In a society that strongly holds tothe idea that men are dominant in households and careers, women have faced manychallenges and hardships to gain equal rights in society. An alarming issuethat continues to present itself generation after generation is the unfair payand mistreatment that women endure in the workforce and from society. Theunfair treatment that women receive have the gender negatively in a number of waysand continues to be a dire issue that needs to be addressed.
A major reasonthis issue is important is because it keeps women being seen as equal in theworkforce. Women also face devaluation in the workforce and society when amongsta male crowd. The third reason that this issue should be more of a concern tosociety is because the inequality of women in the workforce and society preventus from having freedom. Before World War I and II, women wereexpected to stay home, cook, clean, and take care of the household while the menwent to work. It was during World War I, while the men were away at war, womenwere needed to fill the gap and began to enter the workforce. By the end of WorldWar II in 1939, approximately 7 million women were working and made up a significantsize of the workforce. Although women proved to be an asset to industries whilethe men were away, women were still not given any workplace rights and althoughthey were given the same work as men women were still given low pay and taken forgranted. It wasn’t until the ordination of a passage that specified gender inthe Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 stating that “it is illegal tofail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise todiscriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms,conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race,color, religion, sex, or national origin” (CITATION).
First, gender inequality keeps womenfrom being promoted to higher social classes and work roles. Employers havebeen known to discriminate an employer based on gender, holding the universalideal that men are the dominant ones in the workforce. Women are becoming independentmore than ever but continue to compete for equal pay and experience more unfairtreatment than men. With a wage gap of over $10,000, women are getting paidless than men regardless of their work experience or education level and havetougher times getting promoted.
Secondly, the necessity of women in the workforceare often taken for granted by males, and women are often seen as lesser than theirfellow male employers. Women have acquired many skills and knowledge over theyears making them exceptional leaders and more hardworking than men. As genderequality continues to be pushed, women greatly benefit the workforce industry andhelp bridge the working gap.
Lastly, gender equality is vital to having freedom.Empowering women and promoting gender equality shows men that they can worktogether with women without looking down on them based on gender or race.Complete gender equality can be advantageous to both genders and provide a streamlinefor peace and harmony. To conclude with, gender inequality hasmany negative side effects and has been a barrier for women. For example, evenwith higher education women are still being paid less than males. A survey conductedby the National Women’s Law Center found that “women in the U.
S. are paid only80 cents for every dollar paid to men with over $10,000 in lost earnings yearly”(CITATION). Preventing women from growing the workforce and social ladder, devaluingwomen’s skills and techniques they have, and inhibiting the bridge to completefreedom, the issue of the inequality of women in today’s world is an issue thatour society will face until something to eliminate gender discrimination.