Changing face of women in the work place

This is one of the blogs I wrote for my feminism class last semester. What provoked me to post it was the fact that it’s the first day of my last term. I was thinking back on all of my days here at University and am so proud of myself and the people I know who work their tails off to better their lives.

It was roughly 30 years ago that men still outnumbered women in colleges throughout the US and 60 years ago that women were thought to be less intelligent and therefor not able to attend college unless it was for nursing or secretarial classes. Now women out number men in colleges nation wide. To top that off I have had professors say a few times to team up with females in the class, and amongst my generation that men have learned they can cop out and women will pull the weight in group projects.

On the other side of the coin there are people like the girl in a Public Relations class I had a few years ago. Who said, and I quote “I don’t really care what grade we get on this project, I’m going to marry my boyfriend and have kids, I’m not even planning on using my degree.” THEN WHY ARE YOU HERE?! to waste your parents hard earned money and collect some debt just for shits?

There is nothing wrong with wanting to start a family or being a stay at home mom I think it’s the hardest work in the world. But if you are going to take college courses, be there for YOURSELF. Not because it’s what society deems necessary.

Follow your bliss, you’ll be a hell of a lot happier.

The Changing Face of the U.S. workplace
This was a segment from the Nightly News on NBC with Brian Williams and Ann Thompson as the special reporter, which is a popular American news program. According to the studies they were covering, women now make up just under 50% of the work force. This is because most job losses have been in the manufacturing and construction sectors, which have lost over 3 million employees since the ‘beginning’ of the recession in America, over one year ago. However employment in health care, education and government sectors are up, which is historically where most women are employed. The types of jobs in these sectors are nursing, dental hygienists, secretaries, teachers, and school counselor to name a few.
One thing that hasn’t changed is the amount of money women are getting paid, it is still far less than men in some sectors, such as corporate business, and law. There are places where the salary gap is closing like at the top of the corporate ladder but that is not consistent across the board. Even though employment with the government is up women are still a very distinct minority in Congress, the Supreme Court and State Houses. This is due to the fact that people who are in power in the Government were raised or became young adults in the 1950’s and 1960’s before the second wave feminist movement took hold in the United States. I believe that once this generation completely retires from the work force this statistic will start to change greatly. The generation that is currently entering the work force in America has a much different view of women as a whole. They are treated as equals more than in the past. There is often the thought in most college classes that women do better than men on the whole. A belief that 50 years ago didn’t really exist in the classroom, let alone the work force.
So although the headline of this news segment seems quite up lifting and even slightly surprising to some it isn’t exactly what it seems. It has been almost 100 years since the suffrage movement in America and we are nearing half a century since the second wave of feminism in the US and still women aren’t even making up a full 50% of the work force, and they are consistently being paid less than men. I find it very intriguing that more hasn’t changed considering most of the women who were in the second wave of feminism in the late 1960’s and 1970’s now have seniority in the work place, at least those who were able to make it past the glass ceiling. You would assume that they would lean toward hiring women. Maybe it will take the next generation of women who are moving into the work place to really make a noticeable change.
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