Keyword: gender equality, unequal pay, discrimination, gender gaps
Gender equality is a long-lasting yet controversial topic throughout decades, it consists of several issues such as education, politics, violence and health, to name a few. In particular, I would like to discuss gender equality in the workforce by researching this topic in depth and interviewing a few people related to this topic.
Although we have achieved a significant degree of progress regarding to gender equality, women in the workforce are still classified as a group of undervalued and disadvantaged individuals compared with their male counterparts. According to a statistic report conducted by The Workplace Gender Equality Agency, men as a whole earn an average total of $27,000 per year more than women, that is to say, the overall gender pay gap is still firmly existing and it seems to be widening as time goes by. In addition, in terms of women’s position in the workforce, the higher the level of occupation, the less number of women are taking place in that circumstance.
Furthermore, women are treated unequally in the workforce, as they were experiencing workforce discrimination when they were pregnant, having a parental leave or returning to work. It is clear that people have a different attitude towards the performance between male and female. Women are more likely to be described as aggressive, bossy and abrasive when they are taking a leading role; conversely when men are claiming objection they would be depicted as independent and confident both by male and female.
In this regard, I would like to explore the current situation and progress we have achieved in terms of women’s status in the workforce, is it a long way to go for human being pursuing gender equality after so many years countless number of individuals have raised their voice and made effort to flight for women’s right? The angle of this story may focus on the reasons behind this problem after studying the above questions. Based on the angle, hopefully it can provide a clue about how we can deal with the situation in the future.
As for the online publication, I would like to publish it on Upstart – it is an ideal place which is focusing more on sharing story and then giving readers an insightful implication rather than solely covering news around the world. Moreover it is a participatory journalism site, which ensures active engagement between author and readers, in that way I can continuously improve my writing and get useful feedback regarding the story.
Finally, I come up with three types of interviewees that may contribute to my study about gender equality: 1. one of my female friends working in an Australian small-business company as an assistant; 2. an HR who is experienced may have insightful opinion about gender issue in workforce; 3. staff from “Lean in” organization which is aiming to encourage women to pursue their dreams. It may be difficult to reach out the second and third person, but I’ll try and see if I could pull it off.