An Ongoing Problem:
Sexism for Women in America Today
Photo : Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro
It’s hard to believe that in 2015 sexism is still very present in America. From social aspects, gender expectations, and the workplace women have to deal with sexism every single day.
In the workplace women often earn less, have more trouble in getting high-level positions and face greater harassment threats in the office. According to a recent study from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, women get paid 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. The wage gap starts very early in a women’s career too. According to a fact sheet from Congress’ joint economic committee, men make $7,600 more than women in average after their first year of work after graduating college.
To make matters worse women face a variety of unconscious stereotypes in the workplace today. There are certain types of work considered “Men’s Work” that women cannot do. More stereotypes such as not needing more money because women are not the primary “breadwinners”, and having to act a certain type of feminine in the workplace have continued to hurt women in the workplace today.
It isn’t just the workplace that women experience sexism though. They face it on a daily basis. A recent report states that nearly two-thirds (65%) of women have experienced street harassment, while 41% have experienced aggressive forms of harassment. Businesses and schools nationwide have drawn fire for dress codes that suggest women’s bodies are somehow shameful or unprofessional, so many women can’t simply put on an outfit and go outside. A Nebraska federal judge, Judge Richard Kopf, came under fire for describing one of his clerks saying, “She is brilliant, she writes well, she speaks eloquently, she is zealous but not overly so, she is always prepared, she treats others, including her opponents, with civility and respect, she wears very short skirts and shows lots of her ample chest. I especially appreciate the last two attributes.”
While some men continue to express skepticism when women “complain” about the microaggressions, implicit biases and gender discrimination they face on a daily basis, the experiences of women in our society speak for themselves. This past year more and more women have shared their accounts of sexism they have faced in their daily lives. The feminist movement refers to the series of campaigns for reforms on issues such as reproductive rights, domestic violence, maternity leave, equal pay, women's suffrage, sexual harassment, and sexual violence and this movement has especially sparked America this past year with more and more women protesting for full equality in the USA.