Where are the girls in 2014?

In Susan J. Douglas’ article titled “Where the Girls Are,” a few of the topics she discusses that stood out to me were gender roles, male dominance, and women in the work force. Women in the work force resonated with me even more, especially when Douglas began talking about the campaign to get women out of the workforce beginning in 1946. Douglas very blatantly explains the societal shift surrounding women in the workforce by stating “gone were the ads telling women they could do anything a man could do” (48). In present day, I believe women are more encouraged to seek out higher education and to not be discouraged to follow any career path.

However, why is there still unequal pay in the workforce in present day? A woman makes $.78 for every dollar that a man makes. Discrimination is still being experienced in the workforce for women (and people of different ethnic backgrounds), which creates hierarchy in the work place.

What steps can be taken to end bias and discrimination in the workforce to allow women to make equal salaries as men?



One thought on “Where are the girls in 2014?

  1. Discrimination extends past the workplace. As children (and even babies), boys and girls are presented hegemonies about what they should like and do. For example, boys play with toys that promote jobs involving manual labor while girls play with toys that promote “pink collar” jobs like nursing, hairdressing, and secretaries. These jobs tend to pay less than men’s most popular jobs. Therefore, one way to end discrimination in terms of salary is to stop forcing certain ideas into children’s minds. As far as discrimination by employers towards employees doing the same work but for different pay, there can be increased regulation by the government. Though there are definitely unfair inequalities between men and women, women’s position in society has gotten better in America, and perhaps one day, when people are asked what an “American” looks like, more will envision a woman.


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