Likewise, more women are involved in male- dominated jobs, such as doctors and engineers. So instead of punishing females for coming so far, we should be allies to them. Although Kivel discusses allies in terms of colored people to end racism, the same theory can be applied to females. As Kivel states an ally is someone who stands up or defends another person with no benefit to himself or herself. Furthermore, he says, “We are afraid to challenge what they say.
The article begins with a subject that many women are already familiar with- the “delicate balance” required to hold a leadership position. Experts have shown that being too aggressive can lead to negative consequences while being too “feminine” causes the individual to be seen as weak. This concept is known as the “double blind.” This leadership dilemma, according to the article, is due to the lack of female leaders to be observed; this causes male leadership styles to be observed and adopted by women. After identifying this obstacle, The Wall Street Journal discusses an essential strategy to overcome these struggles; finding a mentor. Since leadership is largely learned through experience, finding a successful female role model to learn from has been proven to be highly beneficial.
Of course this does not mean that men are unable to adapt to this style, there have been many successful male leaders who have led with it. But the focus here is on the fact that despite women being extremely capable, they still are not granted these positions based on their gender. Women constitute 47% of the US’s work force and 63% of all workers earning a minimum wage or less. Yet they represent only 13.6% Fortune 500 boards according to Marie Wilson in Closing the Leadership Gap. It is imperative that we resolve this issue.
To make it, the working woman needs to be confident and courageous to push her way to become the best. The workforce is known to be challenging due to the leadership positions being dominated mainly by males. In order for women to make it, they will have to acquire the attributes of strength and confidence to defend themselves from criticism of the male dominance. Cookie in Empire is seen as a strong woman who is determined to become successful and will endeavor to achieve her goals to becoming a leader. Although faced with many challenges from male dominance, she reminded women that many negative words will try to break us and push us back, but it takes confidence, courage, and a little attitude to help make the woman we ought to be.
Different from decades ago, women are now entitled to choose between working and staying at home, they have more options than just being a wife and a mom. While, women now have rights, they still carry different stereotypes that sometimes prevent them to be respected and considered for a better position at the workplace. Stereotypes of women such as sensitive, unstable, deep emotional are some of the reasons why women are not considered potential leaders. That is why, as Ariel Levy discusses in her essay “Female Chauvanist Pigs” “Women who've wanted to be perceived as powerful have long found it more effective to identify with men than to try and elevate the entire female sex to their level” (268). Instead of fulfilling the designated stereotypes, women are showing that they can have a masculine side too.
They further push their point by using the Constitution to say they need it to protect their civil rights and need it to be enforced to isolate and remove sexual discrimination so that they can have equal opportunities in all areas so they could succeed. Women were highly discriminated against since men didn’t want to see them as equals since they were always seen as less than them. Women got paid much less than they did and weren’t given the same education and job opportunities as them which slowed down their progress. Men didn’t view this as wrong since they were always the ones who worked for the home and expected women to stay in jobs suited for women like social work, helping the community or teaching not becoming doctors or lawyers. Women didn’t want special privileges, they wanted to fully take responsibility as a full citizen.
Analyzing the performativity of individuals in the Me Too movement can be difficult because they are expanding upon a woman’s traditional role. But as stated by Butler, this expansion is expected and, with the use of repetition, eventually appreciated by the public. Traditionally, many believed that there was no such thing as unwanted female attention for a man. Through this mindset, one can see how society would dismiss any allegations brought against a female from a man. With the help of millions of women and men speaking out about their experience, it is becoming more acceptable to do so.
People around the world say they firmly support equal rights for men and women, but many still believe men should get preferences when it comes to good jobs, higher education and even the right to work outside the home. Many people may think that women’s right is not an issue at all, but I think it is a real issue, and people should not underestimate it. Women have been discriminated against in many ways because of their gender. Many people think that because we are women we do not have the capacity and ability to perform well in society and do men’s jobs. Society should treat men and women equally.
The pressure and expectations that society places on men and women are extremely diverse, which causes substantial differences between the two. The expectations of women in today's society are specific and never ending. Stephen Hinshaw wrote the article "The Triple Bind", in which he says that women are expected to be "good at all the traditional stuff", "be good at most of the traditional guy stuff" and "conform to a narrow unrealistic set of standards" (275). I agree with some of his points, women are expected to be able to get a boyfriend, be pretty, be smart, be relational and keep the peace between friends and family yet still be able to get a job, have a career, support themselves, be athletic, assertive and even aggressive. Women are expected to take on roles that were traditionally male roles.
Although that phrase can be used pessimistically, it can also imply that both parties should work together as one. Orestes Brownson, who disapproved of Margaret Fuller’s arguments on the equality of sexes, believes that women must yield. “Their appropriate spheres are allotted to man and woman by their creator, and all they have to do is to submit quietly and with as good grace as they can”. Fuller on the other hand, believes that man is not the head of the woman. This has caused problems even in today’s society.