Have you heard of “Feminism” or “Affirmative Action”?
These are most popular topics in the world nowadays: politicians, super stars, marchers…Almost everyone talks about it. It has to be acknowledged that the discrimination and injustice situation women have been facing for decades has changed a lot: we are less judged because our marital status choice; we can work outside and truly play an important role in real business operation rather than just stay at home, take all housework, and wait for the husband; we can stand on more stages to call for attention to the existing inequities… We have won amazing respect and understanding, really, despite the fact that the achievement is long way far from universal.
What we want to focus this time is specifically the invisible gender inequity in workplace. This is not a new topic or unprecedented phenomena, but what is implausible but cruel is that there are more moments when we do not even realize “Oh, actually I deserve a better reward.” or “This way is not appropriate for women clients.”
What’s worse, many sorts of discrimination have transferred from visible to invisible and implicit form, especially when we are in our everyday work, when we take most of the traditional habits for granted and never judge their appropriateness.
For example, the “Glass Ceiling” women are facing when competing for promotion chances, the sexual harassment that many women have been facing, or when you compare your paycheck to that of a male employee at the same level, and find that you have lower wage even if you work as hard as anyone else. Does your boss like to interrupt you or other female clients abruptly without any better idea, but can keep silence when male clients are talking? And have you been asked “Have you got married” or “Do you have babies?” during an interview? Do you just take it as a normal habit and even make fun of this rather than thinking about the deep reason behind it? These are workplace gender discrimination, for one hundred percent, but are sounded so “normal” that can be easily ignored.
In 2015, United Nation published “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, and the goal 5 clearly states that every country should “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” by “end all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere” and “ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life” and other means. That is to say, females should get equal access to opportunities, payments, and voices, rather than enduring lower payment and verbal disrespect. Every female deserves and would like to be given the same chances to show their working abilities just as male colleagues, to be respected, to be liberated from their family burdens and really live her own life.
Now, female means, and female stands.