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Paper 3- Deliberative

Paper 3- Deliberative - Tara Larkin Dr Melissa Wright...

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Tara Larkin Dr. Melissa Wright Deliberative Essay December 13, 2007 Gender Gap in the Workplace According to Hillary M. Lips in her article, The Gender Wage Gap: Debunking the Rationalizations , for every dollar men make, women only make eighty cents. Gender bias creates economic and cultural gaps in society and in the workplace in America and Internationally. The article, ‘Gender Bias’ in the Training Scheme ¸ from the BBC News explains that a skills shortage in many jobs can be attributed to divisions of labor along gender lines (BBC 1). According to Cohen and Huffman’s article, Individuals, Jobs, and Labor Markets: The Devaluation of Women’s Work, scholars associate wage inequality with the high level of occupational gender segregation. In this essay, we will discuss the economic and cultural labor gaps in society in the United States, International aspects of gender bias in the labor force and how gender bias and wage gaps can be bridged. Cultural and Economic Gaps in the United States Gender division of labor is when employees are expected to succeed in their work environment because of their gender and are often hired to do specific tasks or jobs based on their sex. This division of labor makes it easy for employers to stereotype and generalize. However, the skills gap is calling for a revaluation of these procedures. “The reporter said major skills shortages in certain sectors which traditionally have employed mostly men- such as engineering, plumbing and
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construction- could be solved by recruiting more women” (BBC 5). Women often have just as many, if not more, skills in some of these sectors that have been deemed to be men’s jobs. According to BBC, a mere 1% of construction workers are women (15). By recruiting more women into these sectors, it makes it easier to close the skills gap within the sectors. Even in childcare sectors, men could be just as beneficial to that sector and help close the gap, as well.
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