The year is 2017 and we have made huge strides in equality for women in the workplace, but there is still more progress to be made. Women are often overlooked for positions, even when they are more experienced and the more suitable candidate. They are still very much subjected to harassment and abuse, in and out of the workplace. All despite the fact that women have proven over the years that they can handle being in the workforce as well as doing an excellent job at the home life/work life balance.
Why then are men still seen as superior?
One part of the issue is still a component of the “old boys club.” There is still a large portion of the general population that holds the belief that women should be at home raising children and taking care of the home. They are quite adamant that women shall not progress in their careers as a result. This outdated belief causes women to face the glass ceiling in the corporate world as well and be unable to achieve the same things as their equally educated male counterparts.
Another issue that lies within the same line of outdated ideas is that women are still seen as primary caregivers and expected to be the ones taking care of the children, as well as the home. This puts undue pressure on females that are being required to handle all home life responsibilities, while also pursuing their careers.
With more of their hours being put towards home life, it makes it difficult for them put as much focus and attention towards employment.
This also leads to women being paid at a reduced rate to a male in the same position.
This means she will have to work more hours and longer hours to achieve the same level of financial security.
In addition to all these issues, women are taking to the trades in higher numbers than the past and seen as being the weaker sex. Outdated views place them at a disadvantage and leave women failing to be considered for apprenticeships and other trade positions simply because of their gender, even though many of them are equal to or better than male applicants.
How do we change this then?
By continuing to:
• Advocate for equality in the workforce.
• Try and change the views of those who see men as superior.
• Show people that women can do just as well as their male counterparts. Keep being awesome ladies!
• Ensure that legislation protects women and their rights. Also, ensure that laws are enforced.
• Bring to the forefront any issues that arise instead of just shrugging it off. Shrugging it off just gives individuals the ability to continue to treat women as lesser beings.
• Start seeking change at a grassroots level and continue to advocate for change.
• Pursue legal resolutions for cases of abuse, harassment, and discrimination in the workforce.
As time passes, hopefully, women will be treated more as equals and will face improved treatment in the workplace. Advocating for changes and being the change we want to see is the first step in making the future brighter for future generations of women.