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Gender Inequality in the Workplace

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Liz Hatfield

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Transcript of Gender Inequality in the Workplace

The Pay Gap
Women make less money than men

77 cents to the man's dollar (Waber).

Better work ethic and productivity
Leadership Roles
Viewed as bossy/mean when in leadership

Don't get opportunities to prove themselves

Too sensitive and emotional to be a strong leader
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Gender Inequality in the Workplace


Liz Hatfield
Less Advantages
Maternity leave impacts promotions given to females

Women less likely to ask for higher starting pay

Viewed as too aggressive
Sociological Perspectives
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Due to the different gender roles played by males and females in the past, inequality in the workplace is still a common occurrence. Role expectations of both men and women are different, as well.
FUNCTIONALIST
PERSPECTIVE
Function: The job that pays both men and women
Provides stability for all.

Dysfunction: Men tend to be more stable than women because of the greater opportunities and promotions.

Manifest function: Men and women working means more income and wealth.

Latent function: The divide between men and women that is caused by both genders being in the workplace.

Question: Would equal pay/more leadership provide more stability for society?
CONFLICT PERSPECTIVE
Women and men-unequal in the workplace in many ways
Creates conflict from both sexes

Both genders compete for the same scarce resources.
Ex. Wealth and status

Question: How can we create a more equal workplace where women don't have to compete so much for resources?


INTERACTIONIST
PERSPECTIVE
Both genders, as groups, interact in the workplace.
Looks at how the interactions between the groups affect each other.

Examples of symbols in the workplace: status of different genders and income an individual makes.

Question: What kind of interactions between the sexes would most positively influence inequality in the workplace?

Solution 1
Pay women the same amount of money that a man in the same position would receive.

Tend to get higher education, so more than qualified for equal pay.

Unfair wages- most obvious way to change inequality

Solution 2
Put women in leadership roles

Women are leaders in the home

Have a balance of strengths in higher positions
Solution 3
Give women the same advantages from the start

Productivity and work ethic could increase

No more unfair wages/opportunities
Solutions
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Works Cited
"Gender Inequality in the Workplace." The Harvard Independent. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2014. <http://www.harvardindependent.com/2011/12/gender-inequality-in-the- workplace-education-does-not-equal-success-1201/>.

Waber, Ben. "What Data Analytics Says About Gender Inequality in the Workplace." Bloomberg Business Week. Bloomberg, 30 Jan. 2014. Web. 23 Apr. 2014. <http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-01-30/gender-inequality-in-the- workplace-what-data-analytics-says>.

"Women And Their Workplace." - Gender Equality in Business. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2014. <http://genderequalityinbusiness.com/women-and-their-workplace.php>.
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