One thing that particularly stood out to me this week was the understanding that women are often being penalized for bearing a child that often extends before and after the actual time off from work. There has been research showing that women are less likely to be hired if a mother or planning on becoming one over those who plan to stay child-free. While this is the case fathers are treated oppositely where they often will receive a premium after becoming a father (Hallman, 2016). The United States falls behind other countries when it comes to supporting new parents. Here is a video that might strike an interest on the notion of “paternity leave”: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=934839829902493&id=348596051860210&_rdr

 

Another point that was offered in the reading “Inequality Regimes Gender, Class, and Race in Organizations” by Acker was that sexuality, religion, age, and physical disability are other reasons for inequality in the work force. Acker mentions how in the past religion was a huge issue when it came to working. I personally remember experiencing inequality because of my age when first working, being less respected as a worker/coworker for being the youngest, yet having more qualifications and experience than those older. As someone who would like to see people with disabilities be treated more equally and integrated into society this really stood out to me the most over the other reasons Acker mentioned. I think the more we see in variety in the work force the more willing people will be to change.

 

In the talk that Stephanie Coontz gave on marriage she talks about the history of the ideal and how it has changed over time with its meaning. In my other class we just had a discussion on arranged marriage and like Coontz it was mentioned that marriage for many is often not for love rather to gain social and economic power. Marriage used to be prevented to some while now in 2016 marriage in the US is legalized to the gay community. The idea of marriage is created off religious ideals thus why it continues to be controversial to some. It’s meaning seems to change and grow (Coontz, 2011). This really interests me in seeing how people define marriage over the years along with different cultures. If arranged marriages are still commonly practiced it proves that some people believe marriage is not based on love. I wonder if there will ever be a clear meaning of marriage, in my opinion I think not.

 

Resources:

Acker, Joan. “Inequality Regimes Gender, Class, and Race in Organizations.” JSTOR. Sage, Aug. 2006. Web. 26 June 2016. <http://genderandsecurity.org/projects-resources/research/inequality-regimes-gender-class-and-race-organizations&gt;.

Coontz, Stephanie. “Stephanie Coontz: On Marriage.” YouTube. YouTube, 04 Jan. 2011. Web. 26 June 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwtb7jz8G4k&gt;.

Hallman, Linda, CAE. “The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap (Spring 2016).” AAUW: Empowering Women Since 1881. AAUW, 2016. Web. 26 June 2016. <http://www.aauw.org/research/the-simple-truth-about-the-gender-pay-gap/&gt;.

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