• Stereotypes in the Workplace

    Posted on March 2nd, 2014 msmith88 No comments

    In Rethinking Women’s Biology, Hubbard talks about how women’s biology is a “social construct and political concept.” This statement is broken down into three points:

    ·      The idea that “one isn’t born a woman, one becomes a woman”

    ·      The fact that men in the medical/scientific field have described women in ways that make it appear “natural” for them to fulfill roles that are important for their well-being. (Women being characterized as weak, over emotional, pushy, etc.).

    ·      The concept of ourselves as women is socially constructed because of society’s interpretation of what is and is not normal and/or natural affects what we do.

    Overall, the article touches on a lot of great points that stereotype women to be the “weaker” sex; however, I would like to focus on the working world aspect of Hubbard’s article. For one, a lot of women are automatically disqualified from well-paid, heavy labor jobs because they are seen as less physically fit than men. This is quite controversial in society, especially considering that plenty of “women prominent” jobs require some type of strenuous labor. Hubbard uses nurses as an example of this; they may have to lift up patients or immobilized people, which is not a simple task. Also, even housework requires some heavy lifting and carrying. Although there are cases where women are capable of larger physical demands in the workplace, they are still disregarded for these jobs today.

    Not only are women seen to be physically weaker than men, but people also get the notion that women allow their emotions to control themselves. For example, if a woman CEO is trying to push her company for success, she may be seen as bossy, annoying, or a bitch. If a male CEO were to do the same, people are more inclined to think that the male is ambitious, confident, and motivated. Most of the time, social stereotypes hinder women from higher positions.

    To go along with this, I found a profound commercial titled “Labels Against Women” that was created by Pantene. This commercial illustrates gender biases in the workplace. As I said before, a woman who takes charge in the workplace may be seen as a bitch, while a man doing the same thing would be respected because he’s doing his job:


    The background song in the commercial is a cover on the song “Mad World” by Gary Jules. The song sets the tone and illustrates how “mad” or senseless society can be. However, at the end, the video presents a “ShineStrong” hashtag, which encourages women to defy these working stereotypes in today’s society. Pantene’s commercial definitely sheds light on some of the issues that Hubbard brings up in the “Working” section of Rethinking Women’s Biology.


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    • Jennifer Sano-Franchini

      Great video! And so very true that men and women are judged completely differently for doing some of the same things. Thanks for sharing it.

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