Everyone in the society imagines women displaying quality of “taking care” not “taking charge.” It is the mainstream gender stereotype that affects the women around the world professionally. The lens of gender stereotyping undermines the capacity and their unexplored ability to excel. (Christine Rho, 2016) Women are always seen as “caregiver”, “nurturer” , “ambivalent”, “passive” and “home-oriented” and men are hardwired as “tough”, “absolute” , “powerful” and “problem-solver”. This kind of stereotypes affect the women and lead to occupational exclusion at workplaces. (Cleveland, 2009)
According to one survey, women and men assessed through feedback for their positions. The job position for women in that survey had the desk position as “caretaker.” The feedback showed the stereotyped attitude in results by men who suggested them to be “less judgmental and harsh” and less suitable for the administration post. In a research conducted by the catalyst group, the pre-requisites for leadership post has stereotyped the women gentle and caretaking abilities as the fixed perception while the men skills as the best prerequisite for the top managerial posts. (Catalyst, n.d.)
It is not only confined to recruitment requisites, but the story goes on with the women dominance in corporate industries where they face gender wage gap. The 77 percent of full-time women workers earn equivalent to the wages that men earn. The scene behind the gender stereotyping effect lies at the core of career and education choice that women made during their early age and the disproportionate contribution in high paid industries. (WGEA, n.d.) Women pay more time to the caretaking jobs with long hours and fewer wages as compared to men. Moreover, stereotypes affect women at the age of 6. Girls at younger age categorized their brilliance and engaged in activities by the society notion about the female gender. Mostly Women are associated with simple subjects at school, pretty toys, and easy games. It is distressing! We are giving the plot to stereotype to grow with females at the developmental level.
The level of sexism has affected the recruitment preference of females at top HR positions. Single women commonly recognised as agentic women that have the high competency but receives less acknowledgment. It leads to the gender biasing in recruitments. (NSF, 2008)
Stereotypes are dominant that starts from the time women are born till their whole life. At every stage of life, women have to choose for their priorities in life whether it is education, sports activity, a piece of clothing, job, etc. whatever she does, she will be the judge as a stereotypical person confined by the walls of the stereotyped perceptions. But time is changing so is the trend. Change is not limited to stereotypes, but it is dependent on equality and ability.
“Stereotypes do exist, but we have to walk through them”- Forest Whitaker
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Available at: http://www.catalyst.org/media/catalyst-study-exposes-how-gender-based-stereotyping-sabotages-women-workplace
Christine Rho, 2016. How Does Gender Bias Affect Women in the Workplace?. [Online]
Available at: https://www.geteverwise.com/human-resources/how-does-gender-bias-really-affect-women-in-the-workplace/
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Cleveland, J. S. M. &. M., 2009. Women and Men in Organizations. In: Sex and Gender Issues at Work. New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers, pp. 6-7.
NSF, 2008. By age 6, gender stereotypes can affect girls’ choices. [Online]
Available at: https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=190924
WGEA, n.d. Gender wage gap. [Online]
Available at: https://www.wgea.gov.au/addressing-pay-equity/what-gender-pay-gap