Oct 02

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With the campaigning starting we are seeing the pandering beginning already. Seeing someone running that is outside the “norm” brings forth issues concerning “ism’s” again. With Obama, racism was brought up and questioned on its overt or subversive nature. And now with Clinton re-entering the fray questions of sexism and a glass ceiling are floating around. This is not an issue about candidates; this is simply about what is and what isn’t evident.

Just as many people would stake claims that racism is over, they like to say that sexism is over as well. Sorry, but that just is not the case. Sexism, ideals regarding what men and women are capable of and should be able to do.

Simone de Beavoir, author of The Second Sex (1949) is such a foundational piece in the women’s rights movement and feminism. “Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with absolute truth.” (de Beavoir) This sentiment seems to be quite related to Adam Grant, Ph.D’s article on why men are blind to gender bias.

Grant writes, “Dear Men: Wake Up and Smell the Inequality” and poses some hypothesis as to why men are blind to gender bias for women. He references a new major study by Leanln.org and McKinsley & Company that has found that 88% of men feel that women are afforded the same opportunities for advancement as men. Womenintheworkplace.com state that the gender gap persists and report the uneven experience that women are experiencing in the workplace. “Women are four times more likely than men to think they have fewer opportunities to advance because of their gender – and they were twice as likely to think their gender will make it harder for them to advance in the future.”

So, just as Grant ends his article, I will follow his lead:

“Women do not have the same opportunities to advance as men.”

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