Are Women Finally Earning the Credit They Deserve in Their Profession?
The freedom in choosing a profession has improved for women
“She couldn’t be a scientist because girls don’t have minds for science”—this is one of the many misconceptions about women aimed at the protagonist’s sister in the second part of my book, Perfect Clarity, which clearly suggests women do not have the capacity to work in cognitive-driven jobs as men do. This prejudice often hinders them from getting into a profession they want. More so, women will still have a hard time landing their dream jobs after they graduate out of college.
The story in my book revolves around the time when movements against gender inequality were still in its early stages, in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Women had limited privileges in finance, education, and in their profession. However, a lot has changed since then, and advancement on the cause has come a long way. Legislation after legislation have been passed that have allowed women to further burst in the workforce.
Today, progress has been made, and a study conducted by American Enterprise Institute scholar Mark Perry shows women earning more advanced degrees than men and now comprise about 50 percent of the total educated labor force. The problem in choosing a profession for women has diminished, compared to years before. But do they have this same progress when it comes to advancing their profession?
The statistics say they don’t. Women face obstacles early on in their careers. And it just gets harder as they move up the corporate ladder. They face subconscious biases from recruitment officers and managers, and this means women are less likely to be promoted to higher-level positions. These biases go unnoticed and make these prejudice hard to intervene. According to the Women in the Workplace study conducted by Leanin.org and McKinsey & Co., 130 men are promoted for every 100 women progressing to managerial positions. And currently, women only account for 18 percent of C-Suite employees.
So how could women level out the playing field in the corporate world? Would the choice of profession matter for them to land a job free of gender biases and prejudice? Perhaps getting into female-dominated jobs such as education and healthcare can be a good idea.
Actually, studies again show that it is not the case. Men will still ride the golden escalator and preferred for promotion over female managers even in female-dominated institutions. Even the wage gaps in these offices show little improvement since the 1970s.
Though the story is not all grim for women. There are several industries that were reported to have a positive effect on women, in terms of support provided by employers. Accountancy is one of these best professions for women, having 94 percent of female accountants reporting positive feedback about their employers in terms of support and ability to retain female talent.
To answer the question whether or not women are finally earning recognition in their profession, a resounding yes could still be far from reality. Many institutions and organizations strive to level the playing field for women in gender-biased corporations. But these biases are deeply planted in society’s beliefs and has been proven to be difficult to uproot. Therefore, it might take some time and effort to truly give women the equality they deserve in their professions.
If you want to learn more about prejudice against women beyond the professional world, pick up my book, Perfect Clarity. You can also leave your thoughts and insights about this topic below or connect with me on Twitter, and Goodreads.
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McKinsey & Company. 2015. “Women in the Workplace.” Accessed May 8, 2018. https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/women-in-the-workplace.