Thewomen liberation movement which took place many decades ago hasachieved major gains in respect to equality between men and women.During the early days women were charged with the responsibility oftaking care of the family. Even the few women who made it to collegewere forced to stay at home. However, all this changed after thewomen liberation and women were allowed to take up employment to fendfor their families. Despite the gains that have been made throughoutthe decades, women still face discrimination in their work places(Craig,2007). This paper will look at the relationship of men and women intheir respective places of work and try to establish whether there isequality in our places of work.
Sexualharassment does exist in the workplace. The law is very clear thatboth men and women should be treated equally at their places of work.However, affirmative action laws tend to protect women more as theyare regard women as one of the groups in society that are usuallydiscriminated against. Due to this, the government has even goneahead and enforced strict penalties for those found guilty of rape.This is due to the fact that men are considered to be superior towomen biologically and as such that’s why they are able to takeadvantage of women. Rape cases where men defile women are rampant andthere are not many reported cases of women raping men. Affirmativeaction has not only been implemented in our federal laws but also inthe rules and regulations in various institutions of learning andalso at our work places. This then begs the question: does equalitybetween men and women exist in this age where affirmative actionseems to give women an upper hand?
Menare regarded to be more energetic that women according to basicbiology. This has allowed men to undertake employment opportunitiesthat require great physical effort. This forces employers to employmore men as women shun these types of jobs as they require greatphysical effort. This explains why you will find more men than womenin a construction site. This further goes to show that equality doesnot exist in our various work places.
Thegovernment has enacted a number of laws that aim at dealing with thesexual harassment issue that has been very common in workplaces.These laws have further been strengthened by strict penalties forthose convicted of sexual harassment in the workplace. Elimination ofany discomfort or mistreatment based on gender in places of work isone of the main reasons why sexual discrimination laws have beenenacted (Althen & Bennett, Pg 182). However, it is noteworthythat most culprits of sexual harassment in the work place are men.Rarely will you find a woman that has been convicted of sexualharassment in workplaces. The main forms of sexual harassment inplaces of work include inappropriate touching, asking for sexualfavors in return for favors, making sexually related jokes andexposing sexually explicit posters to other employees.
Thework place setting is the perfect place to closely look at themale-female relationships. Gender equality simply means that peopleare treated in the same way regardless of their sex(Scott,Crompton & Lyonette, 2010). The law expects people to treat eachother as individuals and not in terms of their sex. However, thisdoes rarely happens as women employees are continually undergo sexualharassment in their work places. This has forced the government tointervene and come up with sexual discrimination laws that seek toput this vice to rest once and for all. This has however, been facedwith a lot of issues as men continually discriminate against women intheir work places.
Somemen also believe that women cannot occupy influential positionswithin the organization. These men find it hard to take instructionsfrom their female bosses due to these beliefs. The most affected aremen who come from different countries in the world where men stillregard women as housewives. Such men have had to undergo atransformation that is usually never easy in order to be accepted asAmerican workers (Özbilgin,2009). Sometimes these men have found themselves at loggerheads withthe law when they openly discriminate women.
Accordingto a research conducted by the bureau of labor statistics, there arestill major disparities in terms of equal remuneration for equalwork. Their research revealed that for each dollar earned by men,women earn 25 cents less (Althen& Bennett, 2011). This further demonstrates that equality in thework place is still far from being achieved.
Although,there are many gains made by the women liberation movement, morestill needs to be done to get rid of discrimination in the workplaces. A lot of men still regard women as the inferior gender andthis has been the major problem in the fight against workplacediscrimination (Paludi,2011). The mind-sets of people needs to be changed and more should bedone to raise awareness of the issue on discrimination in workplaces.
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