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Women in the Workplace.

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Here we are in 2020, and still women are suffering, not just in the home due to growing domestic violence, but also in the workplace because of discrimination, lack of opportunity and stereotyping. In the 1950's women were totally discriminated against when it came to education and employment, given to menial employment, under paid and terminated when it was seen fit. As far as work was concerned it was very much a mans world back then. Seventy years later and many of the old problems and some new ones still exist for women in the workplace.

An edited version on the situation from The Diversity Council Australia published on PRObono Australia.

Pre-work; Women are less likely to enter STEM careers due to gender stereotypes around the types of subjects boys and girls should study and the types of jobs men and women should do.

Mum penalty; Women with children tend to take time off work lacking support to look after their kids, often working part-time, they experience the gender pay gap. On average, women retire with half the superannuation of men.

Exclusive networking; Networking can lead to great career opportunities, but if youíre a woman in a male-dominated industry networking can prove to be a lot harder and lead to less career opertunities.

Respect; One in four Australian women have experienced sexual harassment at work in the past year, and 85 per cent of women have experienced sexual harassment in their lifetime. An old but still an ever present problem for many women.

Gender stereotypes; By the time women make it into the workforce, the idea that they are warm, caring and unassertive actually stops them from taking on, or being picked for, leadership roles.
Posted by Paul1405, Monday, 29 June 2020 7:08:12 AM
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If you want my respect on this issue, write a similar piece for men so we can look at both sides of the argument.
Posted by Armchair Critic, Monday, 29 June 2020 7:44:47 AM
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Actually, this is another issue where you're walking a really fine line to promote fairness as opposed to divisiveness.

All you're doing is promoting a Democratic party platform of "Let's start a fight!"

I don't want to do battle of the bloody sexes.

This is as childish as going around school and telling one kids that another is saying things about him;
- And then you go to the other one and tell him the one you just spoke to has been saying stuff about him;
And then when they come together to discuss the matter you scream
"Fight, fight, fight"
Posted by Armchair Critic, Monday, 29 June 2020 7:52:13 AM
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Identity politics is all the Greens know. They have to divide, create victims and twist stats in order to push their twisted narrative. Wake up people. Women are better at some things than men and vice versa. Generally blokes are designed to be much better at maths while women at English. Accept the differences, stop fighting design and reject identity politics and support mums who want to stay at home and mother. Strangely enough the Greens reject the biological sex of a person and then show their foolishness by playing the victim card for whatever group they want to create division among. Go to Pakistan if you want to whinge about how disadvantaged women are.
Posted by runner, Monday, 29 June 2020 8:56:10 AM
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In the five or sixties things were fare less complicated. Women had an excellent position in life they were home builders and child minders. A position i have believed in all of my life.
They were free and easy going beautiful women.

Today they are separated from life with babies in someone elses' care and the mother working all week to pay for child care.

With what is going on at the moment it could very well revert back to those days of women with a purpose in life.

Mortgages were calculated from one mans wages and now it leaves younger people without a house as the trend is not to marry and live a solitudal life.

Now women are completely out of control and the system has more complications than ever.

We see more and more ladies from other countries here now as they resemble women of days long gone and not for the better. Colour or race has nothing to do with these women as men prefer women that just want a purpose in life as being a mans wife.
Posted by Riely, Monday, 29 June 2020 8:57:35 AM
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Iím heartily sick of the constant reference to gender pay gap. There is no such thing. Jobs donít pay different wages based on gender. What does exist is an income pay gap, which is a totally different issue.
Many women receive lower wages because they work part time, or jobs that require less training. They also miss work through illness of children, pregnancy, care of aging parents etc.
Until such time as men can actually have children, this is always going to be a disadvantage to any woman who wants a career, unless, like some professional women I knew, she decides to let a nanny raise her children, which is a choice not available or desired by many women.
Clever women have come to understand that they really canít have it all. They canít be the mother they want to be and still pursue a demanding career, one that requires their undivided attention and frequently long hours.
And to be perfectly honest, if I owned a business that depended on trained, experienced staff to be successful, even as a woman, I would be reluctant to employ a young childless woman in a job that required extensive training, due to concerns that after gaining the training and experience she would require a lengthy period of time off for maternity leave and frequent missed days with a sick child.
This restricts women to careers that can absorb these breaks in employment, which whilst seeming unfair, is the result of women being free to choose whether to have children or not.
Posted by Big Nana, Monday, 29 June 2020 9:35:31 AM
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