A Wall at Work
When you speak of inequality in gender, it can be manifested in different ways in different groups of people. For example, there is gender inequality shown in certain age groups. Elementary students experience the inequality in that girls may be considered too “girly” or boys being too “boyish”. There is, however, more serious inequality among adults. One of these situations is sexism at workplaces.
In order for adults to get a job at a workplace, they need to hand in a resume. When they work at their job, money is paid to them for monthly payment. According to studies, it is shown that women on average are paid less than men throughout the American history. For example, certain jobs in the past required physical strength. In such case the job was done better with men and not women; men were at clear advantage during recruitment. Moreover, even though women in America have been finally allowed to work since 1920, women did not have much work experience compared to men. The lack of women’s work experience meant not many companies or stores would hire women. Therefore, women have faced serious disadvantage among the working society not only for their lack of physical strength but also for their lack of working period.
Even if a woman managed to get the job despite the hardships, gender inequality continue to exist: pay gap issue. Several women are paid 79% of men’s salaries without any reasonable justification. It is said that in America’s payment charts, women get paid 79 cents for every dollar a man earns, and in addition, the entire United States gender payment gap ranges from 10% to 35%. It is still uncertain how women will overcome the pay gap issue in the years to come.
In short, disadvantage faced by women at workplace have been manifested chronically, from recruitment process to compensation issue. Women should be treated equally in recruitment and be compensated equally as men. This society, including workplace, ruled by men has not been made solely by man but also by women’s effort behind the scenes. Thus, we must treat women with gratitude and provide them with equal rights as men.