Gender Bias In Business

From time immemorial women have been at the shorter end of the bargain table across all areas and spheres of life. Gender bias occurs because of perceptions and outdated traditional views about women and men. Often times when this topic comes up it is usually in the context of women being victims of discrimination.  Women are not compensated enough for their efforts and contributions in business/workplace. Ever noticed how in most professions ‘the higher you go, the less women you see’. This is laughable because there are 52% more women than men.

Women have made great strides in business as business owners, but bias/inequality exists. The issue of equal business deals, opportunities or pay is still a hot button topic.  There is not a problem with female achievement. Women have caught up with men in terms of business in fact across the world women now actually surpass men in business achievements amongst others.  Business organizations need to adapt to “the Individual” thereby seeing the need to incorporate men in the theoretical frame.

Many men consider that women should not be in the leadership position. This assumption is wrong because many women demonstrate their best skills, knowledge and experience, which can be used in leadership roles.  Without a doubt, if women realize that their abilities are ignored, they do not want to develop effective interpersonal relations in the workplace.

Women face gender stereotypes, such as perceptions that they may not be able to perform the same tasks as men or the idea that they will leave to start families. Gender bias has been ongoing for years as business organizations prioritize men over women and this has made it a tad too difficult for women to work their way up as they are considered incompetent to handle the job.

The issue of gender bias in the workplace is ethically significant because it influences the overall success of the company in the competitive market. Unethical companies have poor corporate culture, which leads to improper business relations at all levels

Gender as it functions today is of great injustice to women. As a society we need to continue to encourage people to go beyond stereotypes and recognize the contribution that everyone Female or male can bring to the table.

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