Gender equality has made leaps and bounds, but it isn’t finished yet. In our society, gender equality still has a ways to go in the workplace. Equal pay at work has been a hot topic for a few months (maybe even a few years) now. Although women are now able to get higher-level education, work, and success, the workplace still needs to be adjusted for equality. According to Arlie Hochschild, the workplace today doesn’t line up with women’s needs by stating that women “…don’t have parental leave. Singapore has a week. South Korea does” (Hochschild, 2014), as well as that “…Women are still doing, on average, about twice the housework and childcare as men, even when they work full time” (Hochschild, 2014). Personally, I think Hochschild makes a great point in expressing how women are still expected to be both “mother,” even though many women also choose to have careers.
I attached different pictures from the medical field because I currently am working in a hospital as an Emergency Department scribe. I searched through Google Images several other different careers such as principal, CEO, manager, and fire fighter, which I found to be mostly men in the fields. This search just further proved what I had been observing at the hospital, that women are expected to work long hours at home and at work. Women are expected to play maternal roles even at work, while men are expected to have more prestigious, high-ranking, heroic, and “manly” role with their jobs. In “Can we Finish the Revolution? Gender, Work-Family Ideals, and Institutional Constraint,” Pedulla and Thébaud stated that “…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). This idea that men are supposed to have the higher ranking jobs, such as CEOs, while women have “smaller” or maternal jobs, such as secretaries, is engraved in society.
I kept Google Images searching different jobs such as therapist, cashier, and psychiatrist and found that they were more gender neutral jobs proving that not all jobs are associated with a specific gender. I also happened to look up “parent” and “stay at home parent” which showed both genders. I was pleasantly surprised by this because I expected to see mostly women. However, just like Stephanie Coontz stated, 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). I believe that this is a huge move for gender equality, and I think that more progress will be made in a few years.
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.