Throughout the world, women face many challenges each and every day as well as the continuing struggle of being a female in the world of business with male domination. Even though society has had many changes, women today continue to be discriminated based on gender. Women not only face these inequalities each and every day, but women also struggle with discrimination, such as discrimination in the workplace with pay and even promotions. The article and image below will mainly discuss the inequalities of women and the part they play in promotions and the discrimination they face with higher positions such as CEOs.
According to the recent article “Fortune 500 Company Names New Female CEO, Gender Inequality Still Exists” by Grace Rasmus, which addresses the topic of inequalities of females in the workforce. This article discusses how Lynn Good was recently promoted to the CEO position, where the company is a fortune 500 company and is also the nation’s largest electric holding company. According to this article “Her promotion raises the number of female Fortune 500 CEOs to a grand total of 22. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s a jump from 4.2 percent to a whopping 4.4 percent. The number of female Fortune 1000 CEOs is now at just under 5 percent” (http://www.thejanedough.com/fortune-500-company-names-new-female-ceo-gender-inequality-still-exists/). Rasmus discusses how Good was recently promoted and due to her promotion it raised the grand total of CEOs to a total of 22, which in the end goes from a 4.2 percent to barely a 4.4 percent, a .2 percent difference. The amount of female CEOs is below 5 percent. This number, in my opinion, is not just ridiculous but it is also unbelievable. Even with amount of changes throughout the years, according to Rasmus, these numbers clearly show how women still don’t have the same opportunities as men. Rasmus also discusses how “Last year, women held just 14.3 percent of executive officer positions at Fortune 500 companies. A quarter of the companies had no women serving in these roles at all. These numbers have stayed pretty much stagnant since 2009. Meanwhile, women hold just 8 percent of the top earning jobs in the country”. Again Rasmus not only makes a valid point but she addresses how there was only 14.3 percent of executive officer positions and a quarter of these companies had no women serving in these roles at all. My reaction to this not only shocks me, but it honestly does not make any sense. It is understandable in the past men were represented as playing a larger role in society, but the year is 2013. We should be able to overcome these inequalities as well as these discrimination. I believe we should all take on an experiment, where for one day, each one of us should go to the mall or even maybe just to Target and make observations. Observe the amount of women working in the stores, in the end many of us will realize that there tends to be more women working in these stores than men and this is speaking from my own personal experience. I notice while walking through target there were more females than males working there, but what I don’t understand is how more women can work in these stores but they can’t be CEOs? Why is it there an inequality in the workforce between males and females? This is not only not right, but it is also unfair. According to this article, women “hold 8 percent of the top earning jobs in the county”; this is below 10 percent. With the amount of women working now in days, why is it that women are not working in higher positions? Why is it that there aren’t more women as CEOs? Overall this article discusses the inequalities women face in the workforce, as well as the discrimination women still are facing due to their gender. The statistics in this article represents the inequalities women are continuing to face against their counter parts. In the end this article not only informed me of the recent statistics of females in the work force but it also provided the inequalities of women and men in the work force and how it affects women in a negative perspective.
The image above is a representation how for every one female, there are 35 CEOs, which are men. This image not only shows the inequalities in the workforce with women and men but it also shows the reality of what the world really is. With the amount of changes made, women are supposedly given the same equal opportunities as men, but the image I used above shows how unequal the opportunities are for women. This image also ties in with the article I discussed about above, with the idea of the inequality of men and women as CEOs. It shows the large amount of difference for every one female there are 35 CEOs that are men. This number is not only a huge difference but it provides the evidence of the article of the inequality in the work force with men and women. It provides the visual aspect of what society’s interpretation of higher power tends to subside with men than with women which creates the inequality for women in the workforce. This image makes me think about the future and what it will hold later not only the future generation, but for me. In all honestly I know I’m not the only one thinking about this, but I feel like women should continuing to form more tactics and continuing to strive for higher roles in the work force. Overall this article and this image show not only the statics of the equalities placed upon women, but it also provides the reality how women are discriminated in the work force.
In conclusion, I have been working for a company for a little over 10 years and have only seen two female district managers. Both females were only working as the district manager for a short period of time. One of the managers was in her position for about four months before we were told that she left the company. For the second district manager, we were told that she left to a different department but I never heard from her again. I have worked in seven different locations and in each one of these stores, we changed store managers every few months and I have only worked with two female managers. Both female managers came from different store locations where employees would say negative comments due to the fact that they were females such as “I don’t know why they’re managers” or even “they don’t even know what they’re doing”. I personally don’t think being a female was the issue. I worked with both and I thought they were better skilled than most of the male mangers I worked with. I admired them and in my opinion they set good examples. Overall even with the negative comments these two female managers continued to ignore they’re comments and stayed strong, direct and didn’t let any other managers degrade them.
In the end, why can’t women have the same opportunities as men? In my honest opinion, I think females are just as qualified as men to do a job. Times have changed and just because you’re a female doesn’t mean we are incapable of doing what men can do. In the end I believe men and women can both share the same opportunities and I also believe we can take on the roles of higher positions.
-Sonia Vera Blog#3