Gender bias at work place is not a new thing. Gender biases is a hot issue. An overwhelming number of workers are male, it’s easy to overlook gender biases. When these biases occur, the workplace can become tense and lawsuits can follow. But lawsuits aside, one must remember this: Gender bias is a form of prejudice and discrimination and it has no place in business.
The workplace has sometimes been referred to as an inhospitable place for women due to the multiple forms of gender inequalities present. They may experience personal discrimination in the form of sexist comments. Both the objective disadvantages of lower pay, status, and opportunities at work, and the subjective experiences of being stigmatized, affect women’s psychological and physical stress, mental and physical health
All over the world the labor market is strongly gender segregated, leaving women and men exposed to different work environments in different occupations with consequences for women’s and men’s health status. However, the gender segregated labor market is not the only aspect of gender inequalities with an impact on health status. In fact, gender equality is multidimensional and includes several dimensions of gender relations in division of labor, emotions, symbolic representations as well as power and decision making. Within an organization these patterns of gender relations constitutes a gender regime and can include inequalities between women and men in the shape of discrimination in relation to opportunities, access to services and allocation of resources or benefits. All of these aspects of gender inequalities influence women’s and men’s working life and can lead to gendered experiences of somatic and mental health status.
Gender inequalities can therefore be seen as social obstacles that prevent fairness in health status between women and men making it an important issue for public health research. Previous research in the field of occupational health has often used a risk factor approach to health outcomes which has been criticized by feminist researchers for not considering the combination of many different variables that are at play simultaneously. People should understand gender as a social relational process that is being constructed in women’s and men’s everyday life.
This is often a hot button issue during political debates. Questions about family and family life should be out of bounds in job interviews- and in some cases, they’re illegal. Whether a woman has or plans to have children does not affect her skills any more than it does a man’s. Once hired, if the issue of childbirth comes up, it should be dealt in the moment.
Gender bias can sometimes be hard to spot and in some instances, even harder to tackle.
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