Do you know about the challenges that women experience in the workplace?
Women comprise of almost fifty percent of the world’s total population and in the workplace, there is only eleven percent of women that take highest paying jobs in the U.S. in 2018, according to the Washington Post.
While unequal is one of the most highlighted issues, there are other many issues that women experience at the workplace. In many countries and cultures, where bearing children and managing domestic responsibilities is the sole responsibility of the women of the family, the situation is even more critical.
Here are some challenges that women experience in the workplace in general:
Unequal pay: This is the challenge most women face at the workplace. Even though in some of the nations there have been made laws to encourage equal wages to women. The women in the big industries and larger companies are still better off, but women in the unorganized sector do not even have any laws to base their voice upon. The situation is even worse with women who work as laborers on the daily wage rate.
The conflict between biological clock vs the career clock: These terms are quoted by Indra Nooyi, Former CEO PepsiCo. She says that women’s biological clock is in total conflict with the career growth. As after investing the initial years into workplace you tend to aim at a managerial position which would mean more responsibilities. Mostly it is the time, when one also plans their family, therefore managing both the lives together is a real challenge for women.
Maternity and childbearing: A natural phenomenon that women go through can be a hindrance in career growth. The nine months of pregnancy, the delivery and post-partum period can be a real challenge for working women to balance, as it is not only a mental strain but also a physical challenge on a large. During this time, the many women tend to lose the opportunities they would have otherwise got being able to focus full time at work.
Harassment: It is important to be on good terms with your colleagues. At times, one also needs to have a one on one conversation. While it is perceived normally when happening between the people of the same gender but one on one conversation at the workplace with people of different genders is seen with doubtful eyes, which is a major challenge for women employees.
Being labelled: While some of us tend to become a victim of situations at the workplace; some of the women, on the other hand, come out very strong and sturdy in the face of tough situations. They stand tall and firm against every situation and come out with a solution, even when it might not be appreciated and goes in favor for everyone. During such times, a male boss is often appreciated for being a dedicated professional and delivering results, while for women they are often labeled as ‘bossy’ or ‘mean’ for a similar behavior.
Many companies have started to consider such delicate aspects of womanhood and have amended laws to ease the life of women employees, for ex: with extended maternity leaves, they are also working on offering basic medical and childcare facilities like a crèche near the workplace, etc.
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