Sexism in workplace needs to be eliminated

Lauri Hoedl, Opinion Editor

Many people believe the wage gap is a false theory that does not truly exist and that discrimination based on gender in the workplace is just a made-up claim, but workplace sexism is far from gone.

Sexism in the workplace is often thought to be old news for the 21st century and already resolved. Unfortunately, it is not.

The wage gap is the gap between a man’s salary and a woman’s.

A report from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 data shows that women got paid on average only 79 percent of what men did.

Twenty-one percent less than a man is not an acceptable percentage, but when focusing on certain races, the wage gap only increases. Hispanic or Latina women only get paid 54 percent of what white men earn.

Sure, career choices affect one’s pay, but in a report from 2015, the wage gap is very evident. In an average job, such as a salesperson, the average male gets paid $1,345 weekly while a female makes $988.

A survey done by a staff member on Twitter showed that 17 percent of 46 respondents do not believe the wage gap is still an issue.

The wage gap is just one example of workplace sexism. Females in the workplace also get criticized and discriminated against based on their clothes.

Women are expected dress feminine and to wear heels for work, but are also accused of wearing clothing that is “too revealing” or “sexy.”

Men seem to receive no attention drawn to their dress, yet society has created lists of “what not to wear” for women.

It is deemed inappropriate to show shoulders or wear a skirt more than two inches above the knee, yet neither of those factors affect work performance in any way.

Besides the wage gap and dress codes, the general treatment of women of power in the workplace is inferior. When a woman in a position of power is assertive, she can be considered bossy, instead of praised for being assertive.

There is an enormous lack of women in leadership roles.

Research done by the Peterson Institute for International Economics found that out of the companies they questioned, over 95 percent did not have a female chief executive officer and “nearly 60 percent of these firms have no female board members.”

Having so few women in power is very unempowering for young girls. All of this data is in need of change.Treatment of women in the workplace is improving positively, but still far from where it should be. Sexism of all sorts needs addressed, so it can be fixed.