Gender Inequality In The Workplace

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Gender Inequality Arguably one of the most commonly discussed diversity topics in the workplace is the issue of gender inequality, specifically whether female workers receive the same level of salary and opportunity as their male counterparts. The right for women to vote, which for most western countries has existed since the end of World War 1, along with the presence of women in positions of power within modern day politics would seem to provide enough evidence to convince some observers that equality has been achieved. From women’s suffrage during the first part of the 1900s through to the Women’s Liberation movement in the 60’s and 70’s, there is little doubt that feminism has come a long way in the last century and many would argue now that women face virtually no obstacles in the pursuit of equality. However, a significant discrepancy in the salary and opportunities afforded to female employees in comparison to their male counterparts is often reported by the media and discussed by academics, whilst there is also an argument to be made that detrimental behavioural attitudes towards women in the workplace by some male employers is further evidence that a culture of gender bias still exists. In this paper I will use anecdotal evidence from media reports combined with statistical evidence from various studies, as well as drawing from various theoretical sources surrounding the subject, to argue that sexism is prevalent in a modern work environment. According to an
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