Sheelah Kolhatkar On Gender Equality

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Gender Equality is defined by the dictionary as, “the state of having the same rights, status, and opportunities as others, regardless of one's gender” (“Gender Equality”). Gender equality has been a continually controversial topic written about in literature from ancient to modern times. One essential piece of literature that divulges the importance of gender equality in ancient times is Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Another, more modern, piece of text that further elaborates on gender equality is Propaganda written by Edward Bernays. In an article entitled, “The Tech Industry’s Gender- Discrimination Problem” written by Sheelah Kolhatkar, she talks about misogyny in this day and age. It has become common practice…show more content…
Sheelah Kolhatkar is a staff writer who works for the New York Times who normally writes about women’s issues, politics and financial crimes. This article opposes both of the priorly written works due to its more modern radical views. Kolhatkar believes that women do not receive equal pay or opportunities within the workplace. This stance is exhibited when she writes, “Vandermeyden… soon learned that her salary was lower than that of everyone else in the group, including several new hires who had come to Tesla straight out of college.” (Kolhatkar). Here, Kolhatkar tells of a young woman working in a corporate company looking to climb up the ladder of the business. However, we find that she doesn't receive the same employment and promotional opportunities as many of her male peers, many of whom, she appears to be superior to. She argues this viewpoint once again, when she says, “One former Tesla employee told me that women made up less than ten percent of her working group; at one point, there were actually more men named Matt in the group than there were women” (Kolhatkar). In this quoted text we can infer that women are not given as many opportunities as men within the workplace. Kolhatkar further argues that this could be because when women do attempt to achieve these positions they are often not taken seriously. Although, Sheelah Kolhatkar promotes gender equality, she does so in support of her liberal and socialist
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