|Women in the Workforce
||[déc. 6e, 2010|01:23 am]
Swiss Miss Apocalypse
Women in the Workforce - it's a relatively new era, and a major change in history.
Being a history specialist and a general observer of societal changes, I credit most of it to
firstly, the European revolutions, and secondly to the second World War. At this point in time, women entered the workforce because they were needed, and were more than willing, to contribute to their respective nation's success....as the men came 'home' from abroad, the home became the focus of a woman's role in society - to the chagrin of many strong, independent and intelligent women.
Being pushed out of the workforce was the major factor that contributed to the anti-depressant prescription BOOM o the 1950's, sadly. There you have it - a perfect case of being able to prove oneself as capable, and only being used when necessary...and then wasting the talent and skills of millions by throwing it aside.
It always amazes me that there are still certain career paths that are gender-specific
(and how having a 'woman's job' - like nursing, can be seen as derogatory if you are male).
Secondly, the treatment of women who are planning a family/expecting. I have personally witnessed women not being considered because of worry about their 'daycare situation' for basic roles - I'd understand if she were an emergency doctor, however, I think the world could survive if someone is 5 minutes late due to child-related issues. I think, when it comes to our careers, we forget that the world would stop turning the second women decided to put this role aside - hence, I really don't understand why it took SO LONG to accommodate women in this very important part of their life. I was surprised to know that when my mother was given 3 years with me and my sister, and how little it affected the role that she had in medicine. Aside from these two topics, I would really rather not even start on the unfair interview process that face women based on their age, physical attributes and marital status (no, you don't have to say a word - the ring is usually visible, no?). Also, I will avoid that topic as scientific research has proven that being attractive helps either gender equally. Besides, you can look at anything positively or negatively. Any situation can be seen simply as difficult or challenging. There are no excuses for reaching your potential, and I definitely do not have the most insurmountable obstacles to overcome, but yes....there is room for improvement.
A great, yet concise discussion, by women in different fields & age categories.
They sum it up quite well