When you think of a chief executive office (CEO), what do you think of? If the answer is an aging white man who leads the country from a massive corner office, you’re not alone. For many Americans, this is the stereotype, and they often assume that women cannot hold these types of positions.
This is very unfortunate, as it contributes to the discrimination against women in the workforce. While they may be hired, are they effectively prevented from climbing the corporate ladder in the same way that men can? These outdated ideas may play into it.
One thing that is likely expected but still interesting to note is that men and women tend to look at things much differently. One poll asked if there were too few women in top executive positions in the United States. The majority of those asked felt this was true, with 59% overall. However, splitting it between the genders showed that 70% of women felt this way and only 48% of men. Very similar statistics were found for political positions.
So, while most people think that women don’t get enough opportunities, the majority of men actually think that they do. Could this fact contribute to the ongoing discrimination since the very men who tend to hold these jobs more often are also those who think it is fine that they have the positions and equally qualified women do not? This type of corporate culture can be hard to break.
Women deserve equal treatment and equal opportunities in the workforce. Those who suffer from discrimination need to know what options they have.