Don’t mind the XX Chromosome: I am punching in!

Women, it is clear to most people that we do not hold the same position in society as a man does, and in almost every culture, with the very seldom exception of some matriarchal tribes, it is inferior to that held by a man. Our differences extend to every aspect of our daily activities, one of which is the right to work and the acknowledgment of our capabilities. Females have been getting into the workforce to the extent that men allowed and with each generation the door opened a little bit and the gap between men and women became less abysmal. As a result, today, women who are part of Generation Y have the opportunity of entering any work field they want to, a right who was denied to women in previous generations.

Nowadays it is common to see women working everywhere in all kind of positions, the corporate world, construction, physical jobs, medicine, astronauts, the field does not matter women have conquered them all. Coming to an office where most of the workers are women does not represent a shock. However that has not always been the case, according to the article “Women and Work: Then, Now, and Predicting the Future for Women in the Workplace”, published by Susan M. Heathfield, in 1950 about one in three women participated in the labor force. By 1998, nearly three of every five women of working age were in the labor force. Among women age 16 and over, the labor force participation rate was 33.9 percent in 1950, compared with 59.8 percent in 1998; in 48 years the involvement of women increased by 26 percent. We have come a long way and made it totally natural for a woman to pursue a career in her field of preference.

Moreover not only women have a strong presence in the workplace our involvement is becoming more higher than men’s, according to Cindy Goodman in an article published on the Miami Herald webpage, millennial women are more concerned with career success than men, more women than men have a four year degree, and women are now forty  percent of managers. It is common to see more women on a superior education classroom and usually they tend to be more dedicated to what they are doing. I am a millennial and since a very young age I was taught to consider superior education as a must, once I finished high school I went immediately into university even though I was not completely sure of the field I wanted to pursue, but the sure thing was that not studying after high school was out of the question.

Even though women have made an extraordinary progress through generations not everything is idly; we are a very important part of the workforce nonetheless in most countries   a woman is paid less than a man for the same job, in America a woman receives 77 cents per every dollar a man makes, there is still a noticeable gender inequality discriminating against women. When a woman fails in a work project the fact of her gender is debated as one of the possible reasons, something that never happens in the case of men. But I am confident that the future is bright, and just as previous generations managed to open the way to women in every field, our generation will most definitely work to attain the necessary gender equality in the workforce.


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