Are women really equal?

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.


Your text, which focuses on the occupational inequality between men and women in Turkey, makes me realize that the inaccessibility of high positions of power for women is indeed a global issue. Not only in Europe, the same problem occurs also in North America, Asia and other continents.
I totally agree with you that the social pressures and gender stereotypes prevent women from advancing in their career. Your text is well structured around these ideas and I love how you back up your opinions with various persuasive statistics.
You point out accurately that the society gives both men and women the opportunity to start their career at the same entry-level and that as they go up in the hierarchy, it’s more and more difficult for women to obtain upper-level positions. A metaphor that people generally use to describe this kind of situation is “Glass Ceiling”. Under such circumstance, women may feel that those positions are easily accessible, but in reality, they are always a step away from the desired position no matter how hard they try.
In my opinion, this problem needs to be analyzed through a gendered lens in order to understand why people adopt negative attitudes towards women trying to advance in the ranks. High-levels positions are associated with men as their qualities such as dominance, control and leadership met with our society’s expectations of leaders. Women, often considered to be passive, submissive and vulnerable, are therefore not typical reliable leaders. Also, raising children and taking care of the family, duties associated with women, may distract them and prevent them from being fully dedicated to their professional life. However, from my perspective, feminine values allow women to be great leaders by encouraging healthy competition and work environment. Therefore, I agree with you that women and men should have the same opportunity to climb the corporate ladder.
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: I like how your text is structured and the way you explain your point of view with some statistics. I wrote a text about the right to vote for women in Canada more specifically in Quebec and in Burundi. I realized that in some countries gender equality is not a given. Also, that it was more difficult for women to obtain certain rights, they had to fight for years and years. The country of Burundi is less industrialized and a democracy is in place but only on a sheet of paper while in reality it is the opposite. The government of this African country is all about getting more power and more money and forget about the well-being of the citizens. It was more difficult for Burundians women’s to get the right to vote than for women in Quebec. They were not heard as much as the men. However, the democracy in Quebec is well respected. Besides, there is still a lot of work to do in order to make sure gender equality is respected around the world.

I greatly enjoyed your thesis and your consciousness of the fact that women still do not seem to have reached equality yet, especially in the workplace. However, it’s important to realize that feminism is still very much alive, this movement is not a thing of the past. Indeed, multiple people believe that feminism does not have its place now, but things such as the wage gap show us that there is still a lot to be done for women’s social justice. I would also like to point out that this is not simply a problem in Turkey, it’s a global struggle. As a matter of fact, we can see this phenomenon through the gender wage gap internationally - a result of the calculation of the median male wage and female wage in order to determine the disparity between the two sexes. In Canada, women still make 74 to cents to a man’s dollar. In Greece, they make 68.5 cents for a dollar and, in Syria, it’s as low as 56.8 cents (World Economic Forum). I also believe that the problem of inequality in the workplace is a lot more complicated then simply stereotypes. Phenomenons such as, the glass ceiling, mommy track and the effect of faulty child-care point me to this conclusion. I invite you to go read Pete Evans article on women’s wage gap, as I believe it would further your analysis. (

Work Cited
World Economic Forum, 2015. "The Global Gender Gap Report 2015". Accessed 18 March 2017
Evans, Peter, 2016. "Women's wage gap getting wider in Canada, new report indicates". Accessed 18 March 2017.

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