by alara1 on November 3, 2013 - 12:03pm
During the Feminist movement, women wanted to achieve the same rights as men, like being able to vote, work and etc. After this movement, this gave way for equal opportunities for women. In today’s society women can vote, work and do many other things freely. But, there is still a huge disparity in the workplace between men and women. Researchers collected data in Turkey on how many women are in the top or middle management positions. Four percent were top managers while twenty six were middle managers. Although Turkey has come a long way in achieving gender equality, there are still deep rooted stereotypes on women in managerial positions and joining the workforce in Turkish society and culture. Another study they did was collect data in a sports organization in Turkey, called GDYS, to determine how many women and men were working there. As you go up in the hierarchy of GDYS, you saw fewer women in the top managerial positions (four women to be exact). Also, they wanted to see how people in Turkey perceived women in the workplace and managerial positions. They interview 176 men and 99 women and filled out a questionnaire. When responding to women in the workplace, both men and women were indifferent. But, when responding to women in managerial positions, women and men had negative attitudes towards women advancing in their career. Overall, there is still a stereotype in Turkey society that women are incapable of working as a manager.
The feminist movement was a giant leap for women. This gave them the opportunity to chase the same dreams as men without being discriminated or scrutinized when doing so. But there are still deep rooted stereotypes for women when joining the workplace or advancing in their career. Many people think they lack skills to become a manager and they should stay home and take care of their children. This needs to change. Even in the workplace, there is a huge disparity with yearly salaries compared to women and men. In order for women to be equal to men, they need to get paid equally and have the same opportunity to climb the corporate ladder. We don’t want women in the workplace to become discouraged when they want to advance in their career. We want women to be confident when pursing their career. I’m glad they conducted this experiment because it sheds light into women in the workplace.
REFERENCES: Koca, C., Arslan, B., & Aşçı, F. (2011). Attitudes towards Women's Work Roles and Women Managers in a Sports Organization: The Case of Turkey. Gender, Work & Organization, 18(6), 592-612.