Legal Discrimination Against Women


It’s no secret that men get paid better than women in today’s economy, especially since the Bureau of Labor Statistics claimed in 2010 that Caucasian WOMEN get paid 20% less than Caucasian MEN — and the gap declines significantly for females of ethnic origins. But does anybody know why more CEOs, Managers, and Supervisors in Corporate America are men over women? To answer this question, we need to check with the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook — Sheryl Sandberg. She aggressively pressed this hot-topic issue on a recent PBS interview with Charlie Rose.

“I think the issue of women in the economy and the country is a huge one, it’s something I care for passionately...women who incorporate America, have 15% to 16% of the board seats, and other high level jobs — and that hasn’t moved in over ten years...I think the achievement gap is caused by a lot of institutional barriers and all kinds of stuff, but there’s also a really big ambition gap, if you survey men and women in college today, in this country, the men are more ambitious than the women,” Sheryl said.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 may have restricted companies from discriminating on the basis of RACE and SEX. But since the ambition gap only affects most women, today more male entrepreneurs overlook hard-working reliable ladies for management positions, and privately considered them the weaker gender in most industries.

One American worker by the name of Robert Devins mentioned it’s because most non-ambitious women bring self-entitlement to the work environment. Some ladies can be egotistical and expect men to treat them like Gold and raise them up on a pedestal to be worshiped. He also mentioned that he doesn’t respect attitudes like that in the workplace and is grateful there’s no women supervisor like that at his job.

The outcome unfortunately shows women facing relentless unfair opportunities for advancement, and when steadily overlooked for supervisor or manager positions, they might become bitterly resentful and either quit, or cause all kinds of trouble for other employees — instead of working really hard to prove their integrity.

Today, young girls can recognize these problems early in life and prepare themselves to overcome these social barriers in adulthood. They can either put aside selfish child-like thinking, or learn how to become more secure with themselves and the world around them. Anything that’ll give ladies better opportunities to make incredible differences in their careers and communities will give them the advantage in the long run — the possibilities are endless.

Araceli Cervantes was a Mexican immigrant whose family came to America when she was a child. At age 19, she started a temp job as a receptionist at an Engineering Consulting firm and worked full-time while putting herself through college. She later received a Bachelors degree in Business and Marketing from the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business. After hard work and dedication to the company, she became an Administrative Manager for the Salt Lake City office — and after continuous double-digit growth, she was promoted to Regional Marketing Manager.

“I had to gain the trust of the Principals and Senior Management through my hard work and dedication over a period of time. I don’t doubt that if I were a Caucasian male, it would have taken less time than what it took to gain that trust because I had to break many of the barriers that women encounter each day,” Araceli said.

Warren Buffett once said that it takes 20 years to build a reputation and only five minutes to ruin it, and if you think about that, you’ll do things differently.

So whatever the case may be for any gender, don’t expect to be an overnight success, credibility is built up overtime. And always remember that the world is filled with more Dreamers than actual Achievers — Male and Female alike. Therefore, anybody can force ambition on themselves to obtain the level of success they truly desire and conquer the monster of discrimination that tries to consume us all.

—Dante Antonio Dominguez

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