Women worked longer hours and got paid significantly less than men did. The long hours effected working mothers who couldn 't be home to take care of their children and had to work instead. Women also faced exploitation in the workplace because it was easier for their employers to get away with paying them less. Ella Mae Wiggins was a famous poet that conveyed the struggles and hardships of female workers of the time though her powerful pieces. She was a part of the fight for better working conditions.
Women are not treated equally like their male counterparts and something needs to be done All around the world women are being paid unfairly. The stereotype of women being frail and not being able to match males is still prevalent. “Today, women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns.” (Strasser) How is this fair when strong, independent women are working every day to make our world a better place? Examples of strong roles models are Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Melinda Gates.
Boydston writes, “But if middle-class women were encased in the image of the nurturant (and non laboring) mother, working-class women found that their visible inability to replicate that model worked equally hard against them.” The standard during the Antebellum period was a woman that didn’t do any kind of laborious task other than housework which was thought as being an enriching and awarding process. However, wage-earning women visibly were unable to live up to these new standards because they were forced out of their own gender sphere of domesticity just to find work. During the Antebellum period, it was believed to be a men’s sphere to work and men masculinity was based on the fact of being the main “breadwinner” for the family. By a woman going into this sphere they went against the formation of the two gender spheres. As a result, women that needed work became symbols of threats to men and men claimed that that women did not really need the jobs that they were being given.
Matthew pursed his lips. “Okay, but even if they do under-compensate those fields, women take time off work for motherhood anyways. That’s the reason for the ‘pay gap, ' as you call it,” he said, using quotation marks. “If they didn’t take time off to take care of children, they would have a higher income. They miss vital pay raises while they’re gone,” “First of all, women don’t usually leave the workforce for children.
In a paper by Watson (2017) the author states “Primarily, women are more likely to take time off work for childcare, leading to less experience and fewer opportunities for career growth later in life. Some blame oppressive societal gender roles for urging women to be the caretakers of the home, but the reality is that women are less likely to devote the majority of their lives to their careers -- leading to fewer overall wage earnings.” (P. 1). These factors such as being caretakers at home are reasons why when wage gap is calculated it is seen that women are earning less than men but as explained because some women do not devote themselves to
The fact also arises that women not only suffer from lack of recognition for the work they do in households but also for their work in their jobs. Women work as much as men, if not more. When both paid and unpaid work such as household chores and caring for children are taken into consideration, women work longer hours than men—an average of 30 minutes a day longer in developed countries and 50 minutes in developing countries. This is known as second shift, where women not only work at their jobs but also come back home and complete their household chores. However their contribution remains minimum due to unequal wage pay and lack of consideration given to household chores.
While the other girls grumbled that their piece rates had dropped so that it had hardly been worth slaving…” ( Paterson, p. 86) The implication is, Lyddie is not paid by the hour, but also from how much fabric she makes. Other factory girls are not even increasing their pay, in fact their pay is only lowering. In addition to the other girls not even going to budge working because of their low pay, Lyddie has a chance to get the money she needs to reunite with her family. Therefore, if Lyddie were to sign the petition, her pay will only decrease. Lyddie is already making a good amount of money, signing the petition will only slow her down, and even worse, Lyddie could be dismissed leaving her with debt.
Due to this type of employment being viewed as a women 's job, the assumptions that domestic labor is a part of women 's nature leads to the belief that they should be paid low wages due to the job not being demanding. As a direct result this type of employment encourages oppression and transforms domestic labor into “servitude.” Therefore, women are constantly bombarded with extra duties that they are obligated to put up
Today women have one unpaid job at home, and one low-paid job in the labour force. Since people believe that women have always been responsible for work at home and in the labour force, they have always been paid less, both when their jobs are not the same as men, and when the work is exactly the same. According to the statistics by Historica Canada (), women earned 52.8% of what men earned in 1911, 58% in 1971 and 66% in 1996. This type of discrimination is commonly seen in India, however in India it is difficult for women to get occupations in certain main cities due to cultural and religious issues according to the article by Chatterjee
In Kate Chopin’s novel The Awakening, she demonstrates how being restricted to one role because of their gender can, therefore, have major consequences just like how it did to Edna. Women were viewed as nothing more than a maid, when in reality they did so much and were not appreciated. They had to cook, clean, look after the children and much more when they could have been doing bigger and better things. Those who decided to not do what was required of them had to face major consequences such as their children being taken away or being shunned by their community. Women today are finding cures for diseases or running their own businesses, instead of being the one at home yet, they do not get the same praise men do.
This resulted in women being unable to advance financially in society and being dependent on their husbands. Many women were subjugated to working in factories that produced clothes, war parts, and car parts. These jobs were not very secure, were unsafe, and paid very little for long days. A family would not have been able to live off of such a small income. Although many opportunities have been spread to women of
The discrimination inflicted upon women can be attributed to a number of factors, however primarily to the continued societal stereotypes governing the role of women and how they are expected to engage in the workplace. Sadly, this discrimination imposed by society and workplaces institutes a lesser pay for women, thus resulting in fewer women performing management or executive roles, as well as full-time employment overall.
Women working for the Texas state government suffer wage inequality because all women are held to the expectation that they will leave work to have a baby. Women can make the decision on whether they will or will not have kids, but because their colleagues do plan on having kids or are pregnant they all are held at a certain pay. When hiring women there is this doubt that they will stay the entire time and that it will be a permanent job so the employer does not feel a need to give them an equal pay compared to a man doing the same job. The reality of wage differences between men and women is that above all changes women still get paid less than men. There have been countless arguments that wage inequality has been fixed and that everyone
For the enormous amount of women living in this situation, the American dream is dead. Women in poverty can no longer cling to childhood dreams of prosperity and success, but instead are limited to dreams of simply hanging on. Plighted with social economic struggles, stress