Work, in simple terms, refers to an activity which consumes physical or mental energy and is performed to accomplish a certain goal. For human beings to get food, housing, clothing and other luxurious needs, they need to engage in work. Although the law, through the Equal Employment Opportunity Act, advocates for equal opportunities both to the male and females, the society still discriminates against women. Because of this, negative stereotypes have been developed to consider women as inferior creatures who, if at all, have minimal contributions to the economic and social prosperity of the society. Apart from denying them employment, education and training opportunities, research has established that the good work done by women have not been recognized and captured in official statistics. Women have been experiencing such a challenge because of several reasons. Most importantly, it is because of cultural traditions which favor males. While it is a common knowledge that women also do a lot of work, they can not be recognized because of the social construct which dictates that the women should be engaging in domestic and care jobs at home while the males should be engaging in formal jobs in the organizations. So, working at home has made their work be categorized as invisible and unpaid thus making it hard to be included in official statistics of employees in the country (Ryle 78). Although work has no definition that is associated to gender roles, cultural constructs in the society has been influencing the way it is perceived by everyone. As a male dominated society, only male dominated masculine jobs are regarded as work. So, since men have lots of opportunities to acquire education and grab the limited jobs, they end up occupying nearly all the god jobs and senior positions in the organizations. It is for this reason that they are regarded as breadwinners-major contributors to economic growth whose activities should be included in official records. Unfortunately, women who are not getting paid for their work do not feature in such records and are deliberately left out (Powers 118). Personally, I believe that it is not right to exclude women in official records when conducting such studies. Just the male employees, women are equally important contributors who have important roles to perform. Even domestic care is a good activity which should be included in official records. Although it is not always paid, it is worth millions of dollars if remunerated (National Women’s Law Center 1). At the same time, it contributes to job recreation since without their support; the males cannot perform as expected. They are the driving force behind men (Lyonette; Gayle and Rosemary 3450). Better still, it should not be concluded that women do not contribute to economic growth. Their work, be it at home or in a formal set up, helps in improving the economic development of the country. To conclude, work should be discrimination-free. It is not justified to propagate obsolete cultural traditions which discriminate upon women. It is not justified to favor a certain section of the society while discriminating the other mainly because of their gender. Sexual diversity should not be used as a means of oppression but should be celebrated. Both men and women should be given equal opportunities at all times.
National Women’s Law Center. ‘Equal Pay and the Wage Gap.’
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Lyonette, Clare; Gayle, Kaufman and Rosemary, Crompton. ‘We Both Need to Work: Maternal Employment, Childcare and Health Care in Britain and the USA.’ Work, Employment, and Society 25, no. 1 (2011): 3450.
Powers, Robert . A managers guide to sexual orientation in the work place. Routledge, New York, 2009. Print.
Ryle, Robyn. Questioning Gender: A Sociological Exploration. New York: Sage Publishers, 2011. Print.
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