Women in the Workplace By: Maddy Ryan

Question: What has caused the wage gap between men and women?

Issue: Working women everywhere in the year 2017 want the same opportunities as men in the United States. Unfortunately, statistics have repeatedly shown that working women today are not paid the same amount as working men.

History: Throughout America’s history, women have always fallen inferior to men. Dating as far back as the Victorian era women were required to submit to men, and practice piety and purity. Women were not believed to have the mental capacity to support a family or own a house. They were not allowed basic education, and therefore fell superior to men as a result of their lack of basic education. During this time, rich white men who were educated were granted ownership of a house and the designated sole provider for his wife and family.

After the Victorian Era: Beyond the Victorian era, women still received unfair treatment for no reason other than their gender. For example, a women’s right to vote in the United States was not granted to her until the 1920s. Historically, women have experienced oppression for hundreds of years. Without the efforts of the suffragettes and the woman’s rights movement in the 1900s, women in the United States would continue to experience persecution and mistreatment.

Argument: Despite the people who believe otherwise, women are still oppressed in today’s current society. Although it is the year 2017 there remains a certain group of people who believe that the inequality between men and women in the workplace “isn’t true” or “doesn’t exist.” These people are blind to the fact that women have suffered not only during the eighteenth and nineteenth century but also right now in 2017. The fact of today’s society is the pay gap between men and women does exist. Additionally, women around the world are restricted from basic human rights as the result of groups of people who strongly believe that women do not deserve rights. A small percent of conservatives believe there is no pay gap that exists between men and women because of their set beliefs about a women’s place in society. In order for conservatives to understand our frustration regarding women’s unequal treatment in the workplace people need to understand where their ideas about women originated from.

The general audience would agree that women deserve the same opportunity as men do in the workplace. Most people want equal rights for men and women and want a change for our society.

How can people help in the United States to create this change?

On January 21, 2017 the women's march took place in Washington and many other parts of the United States. This was a peaceful march that wanted justice for women everywhere who wanted their voice to be heard. Almost 6 million people participated in this march to protest women's rights, healthcare, and immigration reform. This march was a historical event for women around the world. Their mission was to show the power of women and represent the large amount of women that are currently living in the United States.

"I am a woman, but I think I have a mind superior to that of many boys of my age, and equal to that of many more (Fuller).”

The situation for women in the workplace is not changing as it should. Women are less eager to become a CEO because they feel that their gender makes it harder for them to advance. Furthermore, most people believe taking an extended family leave could potentially hurt their carrier. It is difficult for women to want to advance in a career when they have a family because they usually are a big part of their children's lives. It is difficult for a working mother to provide for the family as a homemaker and balance a full time career.

Conclusion: Women have received unfair treatment in regards to their annual salaries in the United States. Because they are female, they have been mistreated by our society and as a result have not received fair financial pay in the work place. Both men and women have continuously received unequal treatment with no other reasoning besides their gender. As Americans, we should accept everyone who has the opportunity of living in this country. No matter the color of someone’s skin or gender identity, people should emphasize the importance of equality.

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Fuller, Paul E., and A. Elizabeth Taylor. Laura Clay and the Woman's Rights Movement, edited by Paul E. Fuller, and A. Elizabeth Taylor, The University Press of Kentucky, 2015. ProQuest Ebook Central,

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