After reading through this week’s material, the topic of job inequality was one that stuck out to me the most. There are clear discrepancies in pay and opportunities between men and women, as well as between white men and minority people, and nothing seems to be changing any time soon. Women are currently only making 79% of what a male in the same job would be making, according to The Simple Truth. While there has been some steady increase in the pay ratio, there is still a lot of work left to be done. The same article discusses how families are becoming more and more reliant on women’s income, which creates a problem when women are still not being given fair treatment in the workplace. Also, one statistic in the article stated that mothers were less likely to be hired than women without children. Therefore, families that could be benefitting from a mother’s income might be at a disadvantage because it is harder for a mother to actually find a job. In this type of system where employers aren’t being held accountable, women and minorities will continue to face adversities unjustly given to them, and in return, their families will also suffer.
Something else I found interesting came from the Inequality is Fixable website. This site was very informative and allowed you to see all of the different aspects that influence discrimination in both job pay and opportunities. Even though production has continued to increase over the years, workers’ wages have not increased. Instead, that money is going to the small percentage of business owners and other people at the top. Unfortunately, we live in a country where certain factors predispose someone to certain advantages or disadvantages. This is only further complicated by the fact that the gap between the rich and the poor is continuing to grow, making it even more difficult for those with predisposed disadvantages to be successful.
In the Gender and Society reading, different aspects of inequality were discussed. One topic that I found interesting was the Visibility of Inequality, which is the degree of awareness towards inequality within an organization. I was intrigued by this topic because I never knew that there was actually a name for something like this. It doesn’t make sense to me how people can knowingly and intentionally be paying certain employees more or less based on their demographics and get away with it. A quote from this reading that I liked was, “One privilege of the privileged is to not see their privilege.” It’s easy for those with privilege to not realize their advantages while those without certain privileges are much more aware to the disparities. This is important because the people in power in our society are usually the ones that bring about the most change. If there is to be a change in the culture of job inequality that exists, people at the top are going to have to start recognizing it and making efforts to make a difference.