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?
The piece, “Racism without Racists,” by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, discusses the social issue “color-blind racism” in the United States. Color-blind racism encourages people to be treated equally to end racial discrimination. I understood color-blind racism in Silva’s article to be that people (often white) will not outwardly discriminate against people, but they will display prejudices.
The cultural object is a clip from the Freakonomics documentary, which discusses color-blind racism in a job application scenario.
Dr. Sendhil Mullainathan develops a study by sending out identical applications, half with the name “Tyrone” and half with the name “Greg.” He found that the applications with Greg were responded to and received more phone calls. His research supports the idea that the people receiving the applications would assume a person’s race, culture, or ethnicity. While ethnic groups might not be forbidden to work or live somewhere, they will suffer from prejudices without a person knowing their race, culture, or ethnicity.
Dr. Mullainathan asks, “Should people give in to the prevailing norms” or name their child what they want knowing that it might cause challenges in the labor market?