Are Women their own worst enemy?

Research Proposal

Women in Leadership: Are Women their own worst enemy?

Background of the Study

Under a macroscopic lens, one would argue that issues to do with women inequality are a thing of the past, especially when we consider that America is a global leader in workforce participation. Indeed, Population Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau’s (2017) shows that the majority of women are educated relative to their male counterparts. However, the workforce participation of women has fallen and even stalled over the years. Studies have laid several reasons for the same; the bottom line argument is that gender gaps in the workforce are a significant issue of concern for nations that seek to maintain economic growth and sustain its population even after retirement (Stamarski et al., 2015). The Global Gender Gap Report (2013) that analyses gender inequalities from health and survival, economic opportunity and participation, political involvement and educational attainment provides perturbing results that show that America is not among the of the ranking countries.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s (2017), almost 50 percent of the county’s graduates are women, yet only a handful of them make it into corporate positions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017), only 24% of women are in the CEO positions, and just 2% of them hold chairing positions. Furthermore, most women working in America occupy lower skilled positions and are likely to be in in precarious employment or work part time when compared to their male counterparts. The implication is that women are more vulnerable to be poor and without superannuation on retirement. Closely related to this is the issue of unequal pay between the genders. The International Labor Organazation (2015), shows that the gender gap ranges from between 3 % to 51%. Existing disparities in pay is a great issue of concern in considering that a significant proportion of women are single parents. The same is aggravated on the industrial basis with women in STEM related careers earning almost 30 percent less than males. The same is replicated on political scenes, where women are not only under presented by also victims of negativism. This brings us to Hilary’s Clinton presidency bid. Conventional wisdom shows that women show solidarity towards the cause of other women yet the opposite was true in Hillary Clinton’s presidency.

In light of this, could it be that women are less likely to support other women or are women still under the power of their husbands even when it comes to personal choices (Association for Psychological Science, 2011)? An alarming if not an interesting phenomenon being presented is that women raising through the corporate position is aware and often compete against each other for the small piece of power that is granted to them (Meyers, 2013). Therefore, women eye other women as a direct threat and act accordingly to suppress their ability (Sills, 2007). Judith Sills’ article titled “Catfight in the Boardroom: Do women hold other women back?” Gives a fascinating overview of the perception of women of women in the workplace who think that the other woman is holding them back. Sills (2007), asserts that an “A woman‘s worst workplace enemy? Another woman. ” How accurate is this perception,there is no data that supports the same yet survey findings reveal that women blocking the ascension of other women is a common phenomenon.

Rationale, Interest in the Topic and Form of the Study

The purpose of this study is to bring to light the existing inequalities of women in the workplace. Most importantly, the study seeks to question the inchoate portrait of women that supports the notion that a woman is the worst enemy of a fellow woman.My interest in the topic stems from the pervasive stereotype that seeks to suggest that women regularly compete each rather than support each other. This is clear from negative comments that are hurled by women against other women in social media.Since there is no data to support my claims, this assignment will take the form of an analytical essay to comprehend the underlying issue under discussion.