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Women in the Workplace

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Lisa Latkowski

on 2 October 2013

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Transcript of Women in the Workplace

What Functions Do Women Facilitate at Work?
Since men were typically "the boss," women were the support staff (and they still are). Businesses would run efficiently and profitably under this structure, which created stability for all concerned. Everyone played their part in the company's success. However, with an increasing divorce rate and the number of women who became the "head of the household," women's pay did not keep pace with expenses and rising prices. Many women decided to continue with their education, so they could get better jobs, thus, better paychecks. But men still earned more than women...
Conflict Between Men and Women
With men still holding onto their position and power, women started to feel as if they weren't being treated fairly. Even though a woman had an education and experience, she was not considered management material. Some women would even dress more "manly" in order to fit in. Most women were not taken seriously because sooner or later, they would "get married, start a family, and quit their job." But some women were not content with the status quo and either broke the rules to advance themselves (more equality) or started their own businesses (more wealth).
Changing Perceptions: Our Own and Others
“Confidence is something women are not taught to have, so you have to [nurture] it yourself,” says Anna Rutledge, a program content coordinator at LRA Worldwide Inc. "Although college is helpful in strengthening your breadth of knowledge and helping you manage your time, I don’t think it’s good at teaching you how to get ahead in the workplace,” she said. As a woman, it is important to see opportunities where you can make a difference and not hesitate to forge ahead. By changing your self-impression, you can change the impression you make on others. Recently, I proved to myself that feeling confident allows you to ask for a well-deserved raise at work...and actually get it! That same confidence encourages more women to attend college and to make contributions of their own in the workplace.

How is this Meaningful?
Men must become more involved with their families, which will create more stability.
The most successful companies will learn to draw upon the positive traits of both men and women.
Women in the Workplace - A Brief History
Women will always do what has to be done. During WWII, they adapted to industrial work. When men returned home, women re-established the domestic environment. If their husband did not survive the war, women would not only maintain the home, but had to find a job as well. Our culture favors men, and even though women worked hard for their money, they would not earn a comparable salary. But women knew their place and did not complain. Their "to-do list" just became longer and longer...
Personal Example of Gender Bias
After working for the same boss (a man) for 20 years, I knew he had a very large ego. But this incident showed how biased he was. Before an office relocation, we were all told to pre-move valuable personal effects. A trusted employee, another man, offered to help move his sensitive microscope prior to moving day. The boss insisted he would move it afterwards. Signs were posted on the microscope and the table on which it sat saying, "DO NOT TOUCH!"
On moving day, the table was taken away, and the microscope placed on the floor. But the damage was done. The on-site supervisor was a woman, who calmly said to my boss that we were instructed to move valuable items ahead of time. My boss threw a fit and blamed her and the moving company for the damage to his microscope. Due to his outburst, she did not debate the facts any further and agreed the movers would pay to have his microscope repaired...and they did. From that day on, my boss referred to her as a "bitch."
Changing Norms Inspire Social Change
Women are the primary or sole provider in 40% of households.
Women are surpassing men in obtaining higher education.
Women are redefining the meaning of success.
United States Census Bureau
What Will You Teach Your Children?
The Third Metric
"We're constantly being pulled away from our real priorities by work and technology and what we think we need to do in order to succeed. It's very easy to lose sight of what truly matters -- that's why it's helpful to regularly connect with others, articulate our thoughts and fears, and try to ingrain new and healthier habits in order to dislodge the stubborn and unsustainable old ones."
Huffington, Ariana. "The Third Metric: Redefining Success Beyond Money and Power." huffingtonpost.com. The Huffington Post.com, Inc. 14 Aug. 2013. Web. 30 Aug. 2013.
WORKS CITED (does not include images and graphs from the Internet)

Freeman, Jarreau. "Women in the Workplace: Glenside Resident, Young Professional Encourages Confidence." montgomerynews.com. Montgomery News. 16 July 2013. Web. 30 Aug. 2013.

Gerzema, John. "Feminine Values Can Give Tomorrow's Leaders An Edge." huffingtonpost.com. The HuffingtonPost.com, Inc. 15 Aug. 2013. Web. 30 Aug. 2013.

Sandberg, Sheryl. "Lean-In: Women, Work, and The Will to Lead." New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. First Edition.

"Women in the Workforce." census.gov. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Sept. 2013.
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