Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

Women and Leadership//Eagly and Carli

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This article discusses the ways that women are oppressed when it comes to trying to get a leadership position in the workplace. This article talks about issues that our class discussed earlier in the semester, so most of this article was “old news” to me. However, there were a couple of issues that stuck out to me this time more than last time we discussed this area of women’s studies. In this article and in the TED talk we listened to in class, it seemed to be the trend that women had to give up their family dreams to become successful in their fields of business. The reason this stuck out to me is because I feel like this is not a women’s studies issue. This is not something that only women have to go through. My father had plans of becoming a lawyer, but he did not because he needed to be a stay-at-home dad for my older sister and me. However in the article and in our discussion, everyone made it seem like it was something that only women went through. If feminism is all about social equality, why are we not discussing the fact that men have to go through this same issue? I understand that women are encouraged to stay at home more than men are, but if women want to be feminists and therefore have social equality, we need to recognize that everyone goes through this debate.

At the end of the article, the authors gave suggestions for how the problems that women face in the workplace can be changed. None of these suggestions actually seemed effective. However, in the TED talk, I enjoyed the way that she said that her generation could not fix it because I feel like many authors and speakers make it seem like all of these changes are going to happen overnight, and that is simply not the case. We can do our best to make changes in the workplace, to make women have more leadership positions, and to make society more equal, but this will not happen overnight.

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