Free From The “Norm”

This week in my Women’s Studies Class the theme was “ Women’s Work ?”. To help the class get a better understanding of the theme we read two reading which was “ The Sweat Shop “ by Hester Eisenstein and “We can we reduce gender inequality in housework–here’s how “ by Leah Ruppaner. We also watching a video in titled “ Makers “ by PBS.

On Monday we watched a video “The Makers”. The video gave examples of just how bad the circumstances were for females. A woman was expected to only do house work and take care of home. Even the women who went after higher levels of education were still not receiving equal pay compared to men in the same professions. As time went on several Presidents passed acts to release barriers for women to work. A popular job of the decade for women were flight attendants. The airlines were hiring young girls between the ages of twenty-one to twenty-six. One women even said the airline made her lift her skirt for the interview, so the interviewer could see her legs. She got the job. However, as time went on the women were fired by the time they turned thirty. The company told the women to “go home and start a family and to leave the job to the younger girls,” The women were furies and went to the EEOC. The video also introduced to the National Organization for Women. This organization was established during the time when women were trying to step out of the “ average women jobs “. One woman on the video spoke on how she wanted to apply to be an electrician. She was a single mother of two children and needed a job that would pay her enough to supply for herself and her kids.

“ The Sweat Shop “ by Hester Eisenstein speaks on the sweat shops in Asian countries. The articles starts off speaking about the term “ feminism seduced .” The author gives two examples of what exactly the term means; “ the use of cheap female labor by Export Processing Zones (EPZs); and the claim that women, rather than state-led development, are the key to eliminating poverty in the Third World “. ( Eisenstein ) Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times defends the idea of paid work for women stating that the job is an opportunity for females he says “ Aren’t they better off, he asks his readers, than women scrabbling through piles of garbage to find something to eat or sell? “ ( Kristof ) We learn that the use of cheap female labor for export industries is not new — it was pioneered in South Korea.

I personally feel that women are just as capable to be successful in any occupation that a man can be. Women should not be limited to her hand full of jobs nor bound to staying home and being dependent on their spouse. Women in military roles and other significant jobs everyday show just how great women are and the strength they can have. Men should not receive higher wages for the same job that their female co- worker has.

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