Men in the Office: 

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Women in the Office:

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The workplace is one area in society where gender inequality is especially apparent. While it’s amazing that women can achieve higher-level education, work and be successful (something women weren’t always allowed to do), the workplace still isn’t perfect for women. Arlie Hochschild noted ways the workplace today doesn’t line up with women’s needs. For example, she stated women “…don’t have parental leave. Singapore has a week. South Korea does” (Hochschild 2014). Further, research shows that “…Women are still doing, on average, about twice the housework and childcare as men, even when they work full time” (Hochschild 2014). Clearly, workplace structure needs to change.

It’s great that women are seen in the workplace, but it’s not great that there are stereotypes and that women are expected to work long hours at home and at work. To investigate the differences between professional women and men, I Google Image searched some jobs. Several jobs that I searched, such as principal, CEO, doctor, manager and fire fighter, showed only men. In addition, only women were pictured in jobs such as teacher, nurse, housemaid and secretary. Clearly, there are differences between the jobs that men and women are “expected” to hold. I noticed the jobs that depicted only men were more prestigious, high-ranked, heroic jobs. This is supported by a quote from Pedulla and Thébaud’s “Can we Finish the Revolution? Gender, Work-Family Ideals, and Institutional Constraint” which states, “…women (especially women with children) remain substantially less likely than men to pursue the most competitive and time-intensive (male-typed) professional career tracks (Pedulla, Thébaud 2015, 118). The idea that men are CEOs and women are secretaries has been so engraved into society. My hope to see this change is one reason I’m so happy I’m learning about feminism.

One thing I was happily surprised to find was that some searches, such as therapist, surgeon, cashier and parent showed equal results for men and women. This proves not all jobs are gendered. I’d like to end on the note that both men and women came up in the “parent” search. I was surprised that I didn’t only see pictures of “stay at home moms”. However, just as Stephanie Coontz explained, marriages are changing. More men are helping at home, instead of just being the “bread winner”. This is a huge, important step toward creating workplace and home life equality (Coontz 2016).

References:

Coontz, Stephanie. 2016. “The Way We Still Never Were: Another Quarter Century of Family Change and Diversity,” Council on Contemporary Families.  (https://contemporaryfamilies.org/the-way-we-still-never-were-brief-report/).

Pedulla, D. S., and S. Thebaud. “Can We Finish the Revolution? Gender, Work-Family Ideals, and Institutional Constraint.” American Sociological Review 80.1 (2015): 116-39. Web. 19 June 2016.

Schulte, Brigid. “‘The Second Shift’ at 25: Q & A with Arlie Hochschild.” Washington Post. The Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2014. Web. 19 June 2016.

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