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Discussion

Prompts:

As discussed within our

class

material and readings, a

pay

equity gap exists and various employees, commonly women, are disproportionately affected. In your own opinion, why is it important to correct

pay

equity gaps?

Discussion

your opinion of obligation paternity leave. Do you agree that women can’t have it all? What about men? Is work-life balance a men’s issue too?

part 2

The purpose of the journal

assignment

is to apply the finding you learn about in this

course

to real life examples in your daily environment or in the media.

Your journal entries will be a

forum

to record observations and experiences related to

course

content (e.g. advertisements or television programming related to

course

themes; social media content; news stories or popular press articles important to women).

can you reply back to them pleaseSavanna ClevelandYesterdayAug 3 at 6:44pmManage Discussion EntryThe gender pay gap is a long-standing form of sexism that women deal with every day. Unfortunately, although there has been plenty of discussion and proof of this, many countries throughout the world haven’t done much to rectify this issue. Although little action has been made to this point, specifically in the United States, it’s important to see improvement as one of the most well-known statements in the Declaration of Independence is that “all men are created equal”. Obviously, this quote sounds nice, although we see different forms of racism and sexism daily. It’s ludicrous to think that hundreds of years later, citizens of the United States still have to fight for the equality written about so long ago. As the Netflix video addressed, when we are able to close the gender gap and implement obligation paternity leave such as Rwanda and Iceland have, we see women taken more seriously and men step up in domestic settings. As a basic human right, we should all be paid the same amount for the same work done, and the insult that comes with being paid less simply because of gender is discouraging to say the least. Personally, I do believe that obligation paternity leave should be implemented. Not only does it allow the woman to be taken more seriously and the responsibility of being the ‘main’ parent taken away, but it allows for fathers to have more meaningful connections to their families and to see the work of child-rearing as a job for both parents, not just one. Unfortunately, I don’t believe that women can have it all at the moment, as a career-centered mother is typically looked at as negligent and a family-centered mother isn’t taken seriously at work, just as Hillary Clinton discussed not having pictures of children in your office as a woman so that others don’t think that you can’t keep your mind at work. Although I do believe that work-life balance is an issue for everyone, it seems that it’s an easier balance for the typical man. We all too frequently hear of the man that’s a great employee and great father, yet rarely hear the same of a mother that’s both successful as a parent and employee. Chelsea VitalYesterdayAug 3 at 12:04pmManage Discussion EntryInequities in pay exist across many fields. Women earn less than men for doing the same job, even when they have the same educational background, experience and qualifications. Pay equity is the goal of ensuring that women are paid the same as men for doing the same job. It is not a guarantee that an individual’s pay will be corrected, but it is a step in the right direction.Paternity leave is an important part of closing the gender gap. When fathers are on paternity leave, it helps to close the gender gap in earnings. It also fosters greater equality in our society, which is critical for women and our society. As a society, we need to continue to work to close the gap, and to provide more paternity leave is a critical part of that effort.Personally, I completely support paid parental leave. I think it’s incredibly valuable and should be available to all, regardless of sex or background.In the case of men, we should also pay attention to the fact that many older men have been denied access to paternity leave because of the economic realities that bind them to the workforce.We often talk about work-life balance as if it’s a uniquely women’s concern. But a new report from the American Institute of Stress shows that men are just as likely as women to feel stressed at work, and are just as likely to feel burned out. The difference is that men are less likely to seek help for their work-related stress and burnout. This may be in part because men are socialized to be more resilient and less likely to talk about their feelings, but it may also be because, until recently, there hasn’t been much research on men’s experiences with work-life balance.

  
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