The "second shift" is a term that describes the work preformed at home, in addition to the work preformed in the professional sector. Throughout the course of one week, the household responsibilities done by a parent add up to at least 40 hours. In a study, 48% of women say they do almost all of the "second shift" work while only 20% of men say they partake in the "second shift" after a long day of work. Throughout our whole lives, we have acknowledged gender division of labor that we can trace back to primitive times. It is important that this issue is recognized because it is unfair for women to have this burden put on them. After a long day of work, no-one wants to come home to a messy house or dirty laundry and have to clean it all up! Although some of these household responsibilities are inevitable, the "second shift" would be a whole lot easier if everyone helped out.
If you are looking to improve the conditions and hardships of working women in the U.S, then turn to the American Association of University Women (AAUW). The AAUW has worked together as a national grassroots organization to improve the lives of millions of women and their families. You can help by going to the AAUW's website and share the issues on Facebook. You can also make a donation to support unequal representation in business and government, discrimination, and harassment in the workplace, the gender pay gap, and more. Another way to get involved is to join the AAUW community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance to succeed. Becoming a member makes AAUW’s powerful voice even stronger on critical issues affecting women and girls. You can also join the Younger Women's Task Force to collaborate on issues that affect the lives of young women. Getting involved is as easy as learning that facts and in the long run can make a huge change like closing the wage gap between men and females. Please don't hesitate to check the website out and get involved. With two minutes of your day, you can make a difference that could change the world.
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-"If the average American will spend $141 on Mother’s Day gifts, is it really so hard to imagine joining the ranks of almost all other countries by guaranteeing paid family leave under law? Moms will love flowers and chocolate on Mother’s Day, but they may be even happier to get a little support through paid leave when new babies arrive" (Janet Walsh).
- "Some companies publish their diversity data, while others share it with their leadership teams. As part of our commitments to the United Nations’ HeForShe campaign, we have for the first time published our own data on gender diversity—39% of our new hires and 11% of our senior leaders are women. Sharing these numbers is uncomfortable, as they are lower than we’d like. But there’s nothing like transparency and clear goals to concentrate minds and galvanize action." (Dominic Barton).
-"At the current pace of progress, we are more than 100 years away from gender equality in the C-suite. If NASA launched a person into space today, she could soar past Mars, travel all the way to Pluto and return to Earth 10 times before women occupy half of C-suite offices. Yes, we’re that far away." (Sheryl Sandberg).
On a plane ride home from a wedding, Tamika Cross noticed an unconscious, unresponsive man sitting two rows in front of her. She immediately jumped into doctor mode and quickly got up to help the man and his screaming wife. Just as she was about to stand up, the flight attendant on board told her to sit down, that he was fine and it was a "night terror." Tamika examined the scene carefully, and a few minutes later, the man remained unresponsive, and the flight attendant called for a physician on board. Tamika immediately raised her hand and rose from her seat when the flight attendant said, "Oh no sweetie, put your hand down, we are looking for actual physicians or nurses or some medical personnel; we don’t have time to talk to you." Tamika tries to inform her that she is, in fact, a physician but is continually cut off by condescending remarks. Then overheard they page, "Any physician on board, please press your button." Tamika stares at her as she goes to push the button and she says, "Oh wow, you’re an actual physician?" Tamika replies yes, and the flight attendant says, "Let me see your credentials. What type of doctor are you? Where do you work? Why were you in Detroit?" (Please remember, there is a man in need of help and she is blocking the row while bombarding her with questions.) She responds, "OBGYN, work in Houston, in Detroit for a wedding . . . Now excuse me so I can help the man in need." As Tamika gets out of her seat, a white male walks up to the scene and the flight attendant tells her to sit down because he has his credentials and he will take care of it. The man did not have his credentials and Tamika sits down, blood boiling. This is a perfect example of gender and race discrimination. This lady took one look at Tamika and automatically assumed she was not a doctor based on her gender and the color of her skin. In fact, after Tamika posted her story on Facebook, many other woman responded with almost identical stories in which they thought they were the only ones this happened to. This specific scenario speaks for itself when talking about gender discrimination of working women in the United States. Women are underestimated because of their gender, and it is mind boggling that another woman would ignore Tamika because she was a woman and she was dark skinned. It is appalling we live in a world where gender and skin color matter and this is why we have created this blog, to bring attention to one out of the many issues involving working women in the United States today.(Pamela Wible).
33-year-old Melissa Nelson was a dental assistant in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She was fired by her boss Mr. Knight who is married and felt he was too tempted to have an affair. He just assumed that if he was to go for her that she would consent, he acted like there was no choice for her to make. Ms. Nelson sued on the grounds of sex discrimination, and the Iowa district court dismissed the case. They claimed she was fired not because of her gender but because she was threatening Dr. Knight's marriage. Things like this rarely happen to men; women are consistently seen as how they look instead of for their intelligence. Melissa experienced what many other women struggle with, sexism within the workplace. Women all over are being fired and unfairly treated due to gender inequality. It is not fair just that Ms. Nelson was fired because the boss would be too tempted to have an affair with her. She was in no way stepping over any lines and didn't do anything wrong. She cannot help her looks! Women shouldn't have to worry that their co-workers will see them as anything but an equal pupil. The fact that the Iowa district court didn't side with Ms. Nelson is outrageous! Mr. Knight shouldn't blame her for her beauty he should instead blame himself for lack of self-control. (Michael Kimmel). (Michael Kimmel).