Reading: Exploring the Gender Gap: What Are the Issues? By Carol P. Harvey and Deborah L. Larsen. Purpose: In a competitive business environment, diversity is an opportunity to create competitive advantages for an organization. Women earn more bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees than men (Catalyst, 2019). However, women continue to be underrepresented in leadership and compensation. Topic: What can be done to reduce the glass ceiling in the United States? Task: Your research and discussion should include some of the following: diversity, privilege, gender gap, pay gap, leadership, legislation, best practices Your paper should include: • Introduction (general overview of diversity and privilege). • Explanation of at least three major issues impacting females in the workplace. • Discuss innovative ideas to solve the problem. • Conclude by summarizing and reflecting on what you learned from the assignment. • Provide references to support your research. Criteria: • Your paper must have a minimum of 1000 words. • Your paper must include at least three (3) references and follow the APA format. For more information on APA formatting, visit www. https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/
Gender stereotypes are another barrier to women taking up leadership positions (Schwanke, 2013). The most common stereotype revolves around the notion that women are the primary caregivers and the men are the providers. As such, many companies expect that once a woman gets pregnant, they will leave their duties for a while to take care of their children. Therefore, organizations refrain from promoting women because when they get pregnant, they will have to stay at home and look after the children, leaving their duties unattended, which might affect the company’s performance, especially if they occupy critical positions. Such a flawed line of thinking forced many women to either give up or postpone motherhood because they know that doing so gives them a better chance of getting promoted.