The Roots of Workplace Gender Inequality

This is a great article: “The Roots of Workplace Gender Inequality” from  Stanford University. It shows how although women and men both suffer from absurd work expectations, women also face the “career crushers” of discrimination and stigma from taking time off – that men do not. Also, this article shows how resistant senior executives are to admitting that their workplaces are brutal. The elephant is this: In the current corporate model, those at the top benefit significantly from slaves who sacrifice their lives for the firm. Here are some great excerpts from the article: 

“While men who remained seemed to suffer at least as much as women from work-family conflict, they didn’t suffer as high a career cost,” Padavic says. Although the firm had instituted accommodation policies, such as flexible hours, to help women, the women who took advantage of them failed to move up—falling victim to a “flexibility stigma.”

“The firm’s leadership ultimately rejected the researchers’ proposal that long work hours, rather than the preferred explanation of work-family conflicts, were at the root of women’s slow advancement. The rejection itself offered the researchers additional data. “By the time it happened, we were already aware that firm leaders were not on board, so it was not a surprise…” 

Here is the link to the full article: https://ssir.org/articles/entry/the_roots_of_workplace_gender_inequality

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