While browsing different topics, Mohamed and I were not particularly inspired by any of the ideas we looked at online. I have been passionate about women’s issues for a long time, so I introduced the idea of making our topic for this project on women’s issues in the workplace. It is sometimes difficult to talk about women’s issues to men- many of whom do not completely understand them, and some of whom completely deny these issues. However, I was glad to find that Mohamed was on board with my idea.
Having a balance between male and female leaders is extremely important. Unfortunately, female politicians, CEOs, doctors, lawyers, etc, are largely underrepresented in the US. When we have so few women in higher jobs, this impacts our image of women as being lesser than men. However, we will make the claim that women are not less intelligent, less driven, or less ambitious than men. Scientifically, men and women are more similar than many people may think. In our issues brief, we are going to argue that gender biases, starting from one’s childhood, to the rest of one’s life, are what lead to women being discouraged from high positions.
To enforce our argument and make sure it seen as a real problem, we will then include statistics showing the gender differences in different jobs, and link this to how men and women are socialized from a young age. To strengthen our claim that the US needs more women in higher positions, especially in politics, we will compare the US to countries such as Rwanda and Iceland, which both rank very highly in the number of female leaders in Parliament, as well as in overall gender equality. In order to prove that women and men are much more similar than people may think, we will include scientific information on this. We will argue that women and men are born extremely similar, but are socialized to take on different interests and aspirations, which is partially the reason why so few women are in high job positions in the US. This will be included as a rebuttal to those who think women and men are innately very different.
In order to advocate for change, we plan on suggesting the implementation of certain laws, which will ensure that a minimum percentage of women be in higher job positions. While laws like this may help solve the alarming gender gap in different jobs, the root of the problem lies on how children are raised. Therefore, we will acknowledge that this problem, while it can be helped with laws, will likely only be solved if we change our approach to how differently we raise and socialize women and men.
For the Visualization aspect of the project, we will again mention countries that rank highly in gender equity, and how beneficial this is to boys and girls in their daily lives (boys do not have to hide their emotions as much, girls are not discouraged from being successful, etc). In order to enforce the importance of change, we will simply state the problems that arise when men and women are seen as extremely separate beings who operate differently. We will show the negative results of gender stratification, and argue that this will persist until action is taken.