Gender Stratification In The Workplace

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Gender Stratification in The Workplace Over the years, women have fought their way through the various barriers thrown at them by society, they are now more educated, matching male participation rates in the labour force and they are seen to create more opportunities for themselves in the workplace. Despite these achievements, gender stratification still exists in organizations and corporations in the 21st century; this paper seeks to analyze the numerous reasons why women remain underrepresented in leadership positions in the workplace and how this causes a trickle-down effect for other females in non-managerial positions. One of the major factors influencing the progress women experience in their career advancement stems from the deep cultural-infused gender stereotypes associated with leadership and leadership roles and positions in the workplace. Across various cultures, leadership is defined as a masculine role; we tend to believe that men are better at leading or are natural leaders while women should concentrate on nurturing and other communal duties in relations with the family. Due to these deep-seated beliefs, women are highly underrepresented at every single level in the workplace and this disparity widens at the higher levels. Basically, we expect what we demand, and these expectations continuously limit or slow down women’s advancement in the workplace. In fact, they create an uneven playing field for women not only in their homes but most importantly in the

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