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Workplace Blues for Women

Women suffer from inequality in nthe workplace to several reasons varying from poor daycare facilities for kids to more subtler ones like male ego and stereotyping

Workplace Blues for Women

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  13 Jan 2023 12:35 PM GMT

Lack of childcare support can harm working moms' jobs. The high expense of childcare and limited employer aid diminishes women's workforce involvement, leading to lower hours, wage reduction, and job loss. If women had cheap day-care, they'd seek higher-paying jobs, promotions, and more hours.

Workplace equality is far from achieved. Women face job hurdles despite advances.

Global problems include women's underrepresentation in top jobs, inadequate child care services, sexual harassment, bias and discrimination. The first step is to shatter the impenetrable barrier that has long separated us from the stars.

There are various difficulties that women confront in their jobs.

Pregnancy discrimination

  • Working women have trouble having children.

    Pregnancy, delivery, or an associated medical condition leads to discrimination. It involves social isolation, stereotyping, unwelcome comments, job changes, and wage reduction.

    In other cases, corporations may not offer pregnant staff appropriate accommodations, which could endanger mother and baby.


    More women report job discrimination and harassment. # MeToo exposes workplace sexual misconduct.

# Body type, attractiveness, or wardrobe comments can lead to sexual harassment.

# Victims fear losing their jobs by reporting sexual harassment. Victim-blaming and blame-shifting causes this.

# The complainant is criticised for her dress, behaviour, and not stopping the attacker early. The victim blamed for harasser going scot free.

Pay inequality

Today's working world is concerned about the gender pay discrepancy.

Despite gender pay gap denials, the data don't lie: as a woman, you'll likely earn less than a guy applying for the same job.


Sadly, occupational racism persists. Microaggressions make women more likely to feel negatively about their professions and develop burnout, according to one study. Many women of colour report discrimination when seeking a promotion or equal pay.

Glass ceiling breaking

Young women need to work harder than men to achieve in their careers. The big bosses of the most popular companies are mostly guys. In most workplaces, men rise faster and women are labelled 'incompetent', even when they haven't shown themselves to be so or have proved to be otherwise. Despite an optimistic rising trend, the unbalanced ratio of female to male executives and job progression chances remains a problem in today's workplace.


This problem combines social expectations for women's grooming and beauty with financial and time constraints.

Professionally, women are expected to wear makeup, manicured nails, and high heels. Beauty and fashion are ways women express themselves. When this is required, women must look a certain way to be considered "groomed," "professional," and "competent." Respect at work and elsewhere is based on appearance, leading to discrimination. According to a study, beauty affects men's and women's careers and earnings.

Time and money are also important. Men seem professional with a haircut and business casual attire. To meet appearance demands, women must spend more time grooming. People who believe women can achieve gender equality think they should focus more on appearance, Disregarding aesthetic norms could undermine their professional rise, while conforming to them could hinder equality and double standards.


Women are overworked. Work-life balance is difficult. Working mothers with young children are most affected. 39 per cent of women and 24 per cent of working fathers took parental leave.

COVID-19 hindered gender-based expectations because social alienation, school closures, and parents working from home harmed women, who did an unequal amount of housework and childcare. During the pandemic, 61.5 per cent of mothers with under-12-year-olds worked extra. This inequality stunted women's careers.

Insufficient child care

Lack of childcare support can harm working moms' jobs. The high expense of childcare and limited employer aid diminishes women's workforce involvement, leading to lower hours, wage reduction, and job loss. If women had cheap day-care, they'd seek higher-paying jobs, promotions, and more hours. Lack of government assistance, notably for paid maternity leave and support, is creating a loss of female talent in the workplace.

Ego clashes

Men may dislike career-focused women.

A partner's success sometimes hurts a man's ego. Women don't care about men's success. Fitness goals also prompts this behaviour. A successful partner can lower a man's self-esteem, drive, and success. Women's professional success might trigger unhealthy marriages. Women shouldn't compromise jobs for lovers' pride (if anything, this should raise a red flag for them). Breaking the glass ceiling can also be at the personal level.


Women are familiar with this scenario: In a meeting, you're interrupted halfway through, talked over, and your idea is returned to you as the culprit's.

Everyone encounters this occasionally, so it may not seem like a huge deal. Interrupting women as they talk is a problem since women are perceived as less authoritative and influential. Rather, cultural and gendered signals alter people's conceptions of social participation


Favouritism manifests as unfair benefits, opportunities, advancements, and entitlements. Sexism favours male-dominated industries. This harms women's careers and earnings.

Favouritism hurts careers.


Period shaming portrays women as emotional. This myth devalues women's emotions.

"Is it that time of the month?" a co-worker may inquire when arguing.

Women are dubbed "feelers," while men are instructed to repress their emotions. Menstruators suffer from ridicule, ignorance, and taboo.

The workplace is unjust and such subtle issues which put down a woman in the workplace are easier to ignore and examine.

People, politics, and legislation can help. Education will help future generations.

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