1Gender SegregationGender Segregation Among Healthcare Providers from a Feminist PerspectiveTesni Stefanato Sociology 1110-YBLakehead University February 28, 2014
2[Type text][Type text][Type text]The following paper is an attempt to explore the gender segregation among healthcare professionals in Canada.This paper will explore the differences between genders from a feminist perspective, and will expose the disadvantages that women face in the workplace.It will examine the wages, career preferences, and the hiring differences between the contrasting genders, as well as the patriarchal view that society has on the healthcare system. As well as the glass ceiling theory, and how it affects the power of women.FEMINISM PERSPECTIVEThe first topic under review is the feminism perspective and its theory on gender segregation.The major purpose of the feminism perspective is to give women in society avoice, as well as to shine a light on the differences between the two genders throughout society; and how these differences negatively affect women.In many cultures, it is common for men to be of higher power, control, and authority; this social system is referred to as patriarchy.What the feminism theorist’ try to do is eliminate this system so that men and women can be seen as equals in society.Gender equality has come very far from previous generations, but there are still several issues that affect the lives of women in today’s society.From a feminist perspective, the healthcare profession would be constituted as a patriarchal social system, which prefers the work of men to women, especially in management positions.A commonly used concept in the feminist theory is the glass ceiling.Buscatto (2009) defines the glass ceiling as “the often invisible barriers qualified women have to
3Gender Segregationdeal with, in order to access to the highest professional positions.” The glass ceiling is one of the main ideas that drive patriarchy and the segregation of women in the workplace.Due to the glass ceiling, women often feel that they are not adequate to perform the same tasks as men, when in reality it is just society influencing women to feel this way.This glass ceiling causes women’s careers to progress more slowly than men’s. This can result in less pay, less seniority, and less power.