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Socially Constructing Discrimination Against Women in the Workplace
Ana Santos (author)
Since the mid-1950s, women have achieved academic success and slowly entered male dominated fields of work. However women continue to face discrimination in the workplace regardless of the equality rights guaranteed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, in section 15(1). Previous biological research on gender differences show that areas relevant to work such as problem-solving abilities and motivation to manage, men and women appear to be more alike than different. Thus, this essay argues that both men and women are equally capable of working in similar positions and discrimination is a social construct built upon gender stereotypes and social expectations, which as a result affect women negatively in the workplace. To support this claim, this paper aims to address how discrimination in the workplace is performed through gender stereotypes, how gender stereotypes are socially constructed, and how these gender stereotypes negatively affect women in work-related situations.
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Social and Behavioral Sciences