Why are so few Women CEO's in the Workplace? By: Eleanor Schroeder

Sex discrimination is the main cause of Why So Few are CEO’s in the Workplace. Sex discrimination is treating an individual in the workplace differently because of their sexual orientation. The discrimination can vary anywhere from hiring, firing, pay, job classification, and benefits which sadly is constant in our very modern world now. Although it seems like sex discrimination disintegrated over the past years but due to other countries still not allowing women to attend school or work on an equal level as men, the issue still exists. It has existed for many years starting with women not being allowed to vote or attend college at a much later time than men. But not that these rights are given to women, we still have to earn our rights in the workplace because men deny us from these. This is shown in the United States pay gap that was updated this past 2017 spring, “women working full time in the United States typically were paid just 80 percent of what men were paid, a gap of 20 percent” (Miller). This represents the inequality in pay which causes women to reevaluate their desire to want to work in the office since they do not receive as much as the men who are doing their same job. Because of encouragement for women to to quit and not continue on their ladder to success it is shown in the Fortune 500 list that, “only 25 companies in the Fortune 500 are run by women. There were no female CEOs in the Fortune 500 20 years ago; since, women have made modest progress in obtaining CEO roles” (Fairchild). Another reason women tend not to be on this list or make it in successful office is because of the comments and questions they receive in the office which men do not receive. Medhat states that, “When running for political office women often face discriminatory questioning that detracts from their political viewpoints. The media focus on questions about mothering and their wardrobe at a much higher rate than they do with men, despite the large number of fathers that hold elected office” (Medhat). When women are given these questions it draws attention away from them and it gives the men who receive the relevant questions the ability to win the crowds acceptance while the women are questioned on their parenting skills.

Sex discrimination is also shown in many cases of women being fired for the fact that they have childbearing duties unlike men. For example, in the article Year in Review: The Biggest Stories About Gender Inequality at Work, the author Zhou states a story that is, “When she was pregnant, Peggy Young, a former driver at UPS, requested an adjustment to her workload, per her doctor’s recommendations. The company refused and put her on unpaid leave, citing her inability to lift the 70 pounds required of her in the job description, and she ultimately sued” (Zhou). Men never face the issue of bearing a kid and it is this reason alone that women cannot climb the ladder and are not given promotions, and in this case fired. Sex discrimination comes in all forms and is still around because our history and world progresses slowly but through education and awareness of this matter women can climb the ladder just as easily as men.

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Zhou, Li. “Year in Review: The Biggest Stories About Gender Inequality at Work.” The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 31 Dec. 2015. Web. 26 Mar. 2017.


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