Gender Inequality in the Workplace

Gender Inequality

In America today, the gender gap has been most prevalent in several areas where women have tried to compete with their male counterparts. Some of the areas where gender inequality exists today include the discriminatory workplace, occupational segregation, and in the pay gap between men and women. In the workplace, women earn less than men do, a fact that is elevated by the dominance of male CEOs who discriminate on sexual grounds (Adams para.5). Occupationally, due to systematic discrimination, women have become the primary wageworkers as they form at least 2/3rds of the minimum wage workers in the country (Alter para.5). As wage workers, women consequently suffer from lesser pay compared with men, as they are paid 77 cents for every dollar that a man makes in the same position, which highlights the inequality in gender.

In these areas, it has become evident that the gender gap is most prevalent, and to solve gender inequality, various steps should be initiated to counter it. To solve discrimination in the workplace, industry and institutional policies need to be introduced to ensure that all employees are treated equally regardless of their sex. Consequently, to solve inequality in various occupations, the minimum wage should be raised in a way that would empower all wage workers. This step would benefit more women, especially since they form two-thirds of the wage-labour. In the long term, increased wages will increase the ability of both genders to survive the harsh economic conditions.

Finally, to reduce the inequality in the pay gap, there needs to be an introduction of industry standards that will ensure that employees/workers on the same positions with the same skills earn equitably. This strategy will further be empowered by making the workplace more conducive for women by introducing paid off leave days to cater to unique events in their lives, such as monthly episodes and pregnancy. Through these changes, the world would be more equitable for gender.

Works Cited

Adams, Rebecca. “7 Absurd Things That Could Impact the Gender Wage Gap.” HuffingtonPost. 17 Mar. 2015, www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/17/gender-wage-gap-women_n_6855268.html. Accessed 24 May 2017.

Alter, Charlotte. “11 Surprising Facts About Women and Poverty from the Shriver Report.” Time. 13 Jan. 2014. https://time.com/2026/11-surprising-facts-about-women-and-poverty-from-the-shriver-report/. Accessed 24 May 2017.