GENDER DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE

The following excerpt is from the self help
psychology book, Be Your Own Therapist.


Recent statistics in some sections of the country have shown that for those under the age of thirty, equal pay for equal work has arrived in the workplace for women, Hispanics and African-Americans (it has been there for some time for Asian-Americans and gays). Great! Workplace gender discrimination is fading!


What often has been overlooked by those complaining about gender discrimination in the job market workplace are the choices made by the complainants. Workplace choices made by many of them (for occupations that either pay less or have very high unemployment rates) often perpetuate the disparity in income between them and white males. This is not necessarily bad, though it may seem so at first glance.


This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself to be a mighty one..... George Bernard Shaw

To follow are six of women's choices that contribute to their gender's lower incomes:

(1)The frequent choice to drop out for a few years to raise children obviously lowers women's income statistics for those dropped-out years. But mothering experience also changes many women so that they often do not rejoin the climbing-the-ladder job track.

(2)The Type-A (workaholic) behavior often exhibited by executives who rise to the top is not chosen as often by women.

(3)Women make the gender workplace choice to often avoid physical jobs. For example, large companies such as the major airlines have made significant efforts without much success to attract women to good-paying jobs such as airline baggage handlers.

(4)Women have more often chosen advanced degrees that result in lower-paid people-helper jobs such as therapists than higher-paid business executives with MBAs.

(5)Earning power has been and is much more a cultural goal for men than for women (though this workplace gender preference does seem to be changing).

(6)Entrepreneurial women in fields such as private-practice psychotherapist will, on the average, choose to charge less and thus make less than their male counterparts.


African-Americans have often chosen workplace occupations with dreadful unemployment rates such as musicians, artists, actors, basketball players (there are thousands attempting to fit in a few hundred slots), etc. This is rapidly changing now, for many new black lawyers, engineers and business majors are emerging from schools. Great! They will do far more to change workplace statistics than fifty years of government anti-discrimination programs. (There is nothing wrong with picking a poor-paying occupation if that is your passion. But with that choice you may be contributing to the discrimination statistics you claim are caused by racists and gender sexists.)

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More Excerpts This Chapter
   WORK: DOING WHAT YOU LOVE
   THAT IMPOSSIBLE BOSS/ COMMITTEE
   JOB STRESS
   WOMEN'S & MEN'S WORK - WILL THEY EVER BE THE SAME?
   GENDER DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE
   THE GLASS CEILING
   COMPETITION: WHAT WE LEARNED
   COMPETITION: GOOD OR BAD?
   JOB DO'S


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