Women are educated are now making their own rules by creating their own companies instead of working for one. According to in the past decade the number of privately owned companies started by women in America has increased twice as fast as the number owned by men. Women-owned companies employ more people than the largest 500 companies combined. Right now women are still living in a Man’s world. Although women have made great strides in the workplace; the increases in pay are coming at a slow speed especially with the fact that more women are educated than ever before.
Today more women receive benefits during their professional careers. As more progress has been made in the discrimination for women, most women are still classified to work in their stereotypical female jobs. Even though most people think that women cannot be in charge of management or high level positions, there are women who are CEO 's in the Fortune 500. Women often work harder in present day to prove others wrong. According to the Center for American Progress, women receive 60 percent of all undergraduate and all master
However, there are other areas in which women are still a long way behind men, and in many of the high class jobs this is the situation. I believe this is showing how although women have made advances in getting more employment, in high class jobs and therefor in monetary terms they are still a long way behind. For example, accountancy and banking, where there are only about 25% off women taking the jobs in these areas. Many of the jobs which would have been previously unobtainable to women are now within their grasp. Jobs such as engineering and building are now open to women This is primarily due to the advance in technology.
And what are their perceptions about their value in the work place? The answers of these questions are very disappointing. A research study shows that the number of women in managerial position has been increasing in recent years all over the world. But statistics reveal that these opportunities are quite limited and similar to the U.S "glass ceiling" exists. In 1981 a research study found that the number of woman employees had grown to 40 percent of the work force in the large firms (Hodgetts&Luthans 483).
Currently, women make up more than half of the population and make up 46.9% of the U.S. labor force. This noteworthy increase of women in the labor force has revealed that women are succeeding at the expense of men, who now face a drop in the economic and social status. Yet, women still have yet to gain equality with men in the workplace. While the pay gap has narrowed since 1973, the gender pay gap is affecting women across all industries and education levels. In 99% of occupations women will earn less than the men.
“Women were overrepresented in several industries and underrepresented in others. For example, in 2010, women represented 79 percent of the health and social services workforce and 68.6 percent of the education services workforce. However, women represented only 43.2 percent of the professional, scientific and technical services sector and 8.9 percent of the construction sector” (DOL 2011). Women are normally told they should work here or there because society believes women work better in some situations and worst in other situations then me. Even when women and men work the same job and same level still make less on average than men There are huge gender pay gaps between men and women in America and in the world.“In 2010, American women on average earned 81 percent of what their male counterparts earned” (BLS 2010; DOL 2011).
Women in the workplace have always been discriminated against. Ever since the first women started to work... ... middle of paper ... ... that women were in some way not as accomplished or competent as men. Yet, a more in depth investigation would show that women are just as qualified, if not more so, than men. A principal of equal pay for equal work should be employed by all businesses and would definitely close the income gap. Most people want to correct the unequal treatment of women in the work force.
In the contrast, Christopher D. Merrett and John J. Gruidl (2000) wrote in the article Small Business Ownership in Illinois: The Effect of Gender and Location on Entrepreneurial Success (2000), “Forty percent of all firms in the United States are owned and operated by women. They are breaking record and barriers as they start new businesses. However, female entrepreneurs have less prior work experience than their male competitors” (p. 425-426). It is clear
There are many reasons for the existence of this barrier, but two of the most prominent are social barriers (Redwood 1996), which often can cause women to feel uncomfortable or discouraged about moving up, and also women’s “second shift”, which is the “the unpaid housework that women typically do after they come home from paid employment” (Appelbaum and Chambliss 1997). One of the reasons women are not found in top business positions is because they do not see other women at the top. As Elizabeth Perle McKenna, a former publisher, says, “Women are bailing because they’re looking up and saying, ‘Hey, there’s nobody who looks like me up there. Am I going to knock myself out for the next twenty years only to be passed over f... ... middle of paper ... ...minor changes in their system could be for their overall productivity, the glass ceiling would be removed. As Elizabeth Perle McKenna says, all you have to do is “make the work fit into the [employees] lives so the company can continue to grow and be profitable and the employees can have working environments where they aren’t tearing themselves apart” (Jones 1997).
Second, it is instructive to understand the career strategies used by women who successfully overcome the barriers to advancement. Finally, it is vital that corporate leaders have an accurate and complete understanding of the barriers and organizational climate faced by their female employees. Women currently constitute nearly half of the U.S. labor force, and occupy a significant and growing proportion of entry and mid-level managerial positions. In 1972 women held 17 percent of managerial positions and this proportion swelled to 42.7 percent in 1995. Although women are flooding the managerial pipeline, they have been stymied in their entrance to top-level positions.