Women and Other Cultures in the Workforce
After reading the text and articles about the historic struggles of women in the workforce, identify three issues that remain today for women. Then choose one group that was discussed in this week’s readings and identify the additional issues this population faces. What are some ways to reduce the impact of the issues you have identified?
Respond to at least two of your peers’ posts regarding women, including your perspective on women’s non-dominant status. Do you agree with their assessment of the issues and ways to reduce the impact?
First Peer Post
Issues today for women
Three issues that remain today for women are sexual harassment, inequality in the workplace, and then effects of gender stereotypes. Unfortunately, today women are still portrayed in ways to be objectified through the media and that culture is also introduced into the workplace resulting in many sexual harassment accusations. According to the text, more than 50% of women will experience sexual harassment in their jobs (Zunker). Women also still experience high levels of discrimination today. For many valid reasons, women continue to earn less than men. One reason can be the result of gender stereotypes where women accept roles in lower status occupations such as secretaries, teachers, and child care workers (Zunker).
Issue of the Hispanic population
Another group marginalized group to consider in the workplace is the Latino/a or Hispanic population. Of the many issues that this population face, two that I will discuss is lack of opportunities and socioeconomic status. The Hispanic community is currently the largest minority group in this country according to Zunker and youngest and fastest growing according to Zalaquett & Baez,(2012). Statistics report that Latino’s employ 15% of the United States Labor force but over represent in blue-collar, unskilled jobs which classifies them as the lowest weekly earning group when compared to other groups. There is a host of literature that discusses the lack of counseling services used in the Hispanic community, mental health and academic. These underused services reduce the amount of information made available to meet the needs of their community leaving them at a disadvantage. Strengthening education for this group may increase bilingual education, encourage higher education, job searching skills, and expose them to a host of opportunities that is sure to increase the advancement of this population (Zalaquett & Baez, 2012).
Zalaquett, C., Baez, J. (2012). Career counseling with Hispanics/Latinos/as. Career Planning and Adult
Development Journal, 28(1), 57-71.
Zunker, V. G. (2016). Career counseling: A holistic approach (9th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning. ISBN:
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