article has more of a research paper aspect to it, as opposed to a conducted study with information and data. It examines the development of dynamics in the workplace pertaining to science and technology over the years, specifically focusing on women who completed their PhDs in 2007 and 2008. It studies how women are underrepresented in these fields, as well as investigates reasons for the continued gender imbalance. It’s also a good idea for me to read about specific fields (like science and technology) to get a feel for where the problem areas are for women in the workplace. The article moves from identifying the problem to understanding it, including anecdotes and quotations from interviewees integrated throughout. This is a good source for personal tales of discrimination, like an advisor not taking one woman seriously because he felt she wasn’t intelligent enough for the field. It also gives a great list of references that I can visit for more research, as well. Filed under keywords like “biased”, “gender discrimination”, and “student perceptions”, my fourth article is entitled “University Students’ Perceptions of Gender Discrimination in the Workplace: Reality Versus Fiction”. Three professors in Georgia, two of which teach at Georgia Southern University and the other at Georgia Gwinnett College, wrote this article in 2009 about how college-level students view workplace discrimination. Their hypothesis was that university students disregard the possibility of gender discrimination in organizational settings, which is an issue because these students are soon to be “young professionals”, as the article described. The study was conducted through a survey questionnaire, examining gender-based discrimination and harassment throughout all work experience over the course of their employment at any career point.
Babinec This article contains tables and statistics throughout, providing insight as to how the results were spread out. Its findings concluded that overall, “college students, overall, underestimate the potential existence and affect that gender discrimination has in the workplace, especially against women” (343). This is extremely important because it identifies a huge problem across the board: if this sample population of college students feels this way, then others are bound to, as well. This is why this study pertains to my research and is valuable towards this topic as a whole. My fifth article, “Success and Further Goals for Women in the Workforce”, is a great example of a source that references the positives about women in the workforce. It frames the progress of working women in way that highlights the goals, but still signifies where the negatives persist. It discusses equal pay, wages, general sex discrimination, and the overall idea of women’s rights. By giving background on the history of equal pay, it
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- Fall '11
- Discrimination, HARASSMENT, psychological distress