What's Holding Women In The Workplace Analysis

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During World War II, while men were off at war the women were responsible for taking over men’s duties while still maintaining a balanced family life. Thus began, the rise of women in the workforce, a time when high quality childcare was offered, and women were competing in top jobs such as defense plants, and war related organizations. While men were away at war the women learned to juggle the multiple tasks of being housekeepers, meal makers, balancing finances, and fixing the car. In today’s society, women are unrepresented in these high ranked corporate level jobs, and are held highly to the same standard of being able to “do it all” by herself as if the men are still at war. The article “What’s Holding Women Back in the Workplace?” helps…show more content…
Lublin the authors articulate the large equality gap between men and women in the workplace, and reasons that women are not being promoted in equal ranked jobs that men are succeeding in. Waller’s first argument begins with the tremendous amount of women that are being underrepresented at every level in the corporate pipeline, and the reasons behind it. According to a survey done by LeanIn.org and McKinsey & Co which provides research from 118 companies, and nearly 30,000 employees states that only 17% of women make up executive suite jobs, and 25% of women say they feel their gender has hindered their progress (Waller & Lublin). This leads to the unequal treatment of women in the workplace strictly based off of their gender, and that women face much greater barriers to advancement in the workplace, as well as an even steeper path to senior leadership. Most people may assume women are not being promoted due to the complexity of balancing work, and family when this is false, not only women, but specifically mothers, are even more hungry for job promotions than men due to the stressful situations of their…show more content…
Social media plays a massive role in what it means to be a female, but especially what it means to be a so-called good mother. With women already under scrutiny from society whether it being the way she dresses, to the way she speaks, the ideology of the good mother is often portrayed as the ‘supermom’ who can “do it all” by herself, but what society doesn’t see is the behind the scenes of the day to day stress it can cause specifically if she is doing it on her own. If the workplace became a place to uplift women, but especially geared toward helping mothers reach the top of the ladder while being able to balance family life, it would help change others perspective on the ideology of the good mother. Julie Larson-Green quotes “There’s no such thing as work-life balance. There’s only life.” This quote perfectly sums up this article in saying that balancing work, and family can be one of the biggest deterrents for women to go into executive roles, and that since this is known large companies should be helping their mothers, not abandoning them. The article also sheds light on the fact that mothers, and most women do not have the choice to work; although they are becoming more educated women are not being rewarded in the same way. Because working is necessary for most women, if society was organized to be equal in the workforce people would realize that mothers just want the best for their children,

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