Sexism is defined as basically the general oppression of the female gender – affecting all aspects of their lives.Sexism pertains solely to the oppression of women, and patriarchy justifies male dominance over women by promoting male supremacy
There are numerous examples of sexism and gender stereotyping against women in the office and workplace. Lower pay, less advantages to rise to a higher positionGLASS CEILING – less opportunities for women to rise above due to time in the officeMen – innappropriate conduct, sexual harassment (unreported oftentimes due to women’s low status… bottom of the feeding chain)Judged based on appearance: SHOW CLIP – presidential races and wardrobe – if wear suits, manly, if wear less modest apparel, considered a slut
Role in the Workplace
0 Stereotyping the office is multifaceted.
• Pay differences
• Glass Ceiling
Last year's tax returns may already be
signed, sealed and delivered, but April
20, 2010 is the day the average American
woman will finally finish earning her
2009 salary — at least, the one she
would have received if she were a man.
Statistics show that women receive a lower pay for
the same job description, when compared to men.
• Work less hours
• Not the same level of education
• Have to take care of children
• Different jobs
0 Average woman makes 78 cents to every dollar
earned by a male.
0 Women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours
but earn only one-tenth of the world’s income
0 Hours worked per week versus percentage of male
• 41 to 44 hours per week - 84.6%
• >60 hours per week - 78.3%
0 Limit placed on the ascension of women “up the
0 Prevents women from achieving high status job
While women make up 50%
of the work force, only…
0 12 Fortune 500 companies have women CEOs
0 25 Fortune 1000 companies have womenCEOs
0 In 2009, 15.7% of corporate officers in Fortune 500
companies were women!
• Down from 16.4% in 2006
Women’s Image in the
Workplace – A balancing Act
0 Types of dress
• Avoiding the focus on wardrobe – is this realistic?
0 Having a family
• Motherhood – possible interference?
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