Most of us have had a shitty job or two. But how many of us have had to support ourselves fully – let alone support a family – on a job like this? There are a lot of people out there who have to do just that. They earn the minimum wage at a thankless job that is their only form of income. And that income is extremely low. Simply put, the minimum wage is too low and has been that way for too long.
Simply being a woman in a field that has historically been a “boy’s club” provides a unique challenge. In this episode, feminist blogger (and Civil Engineer!) Patricia Valoy joins Sandra Kim in a discussion of this challenge. Patricia will explain the potential roadblocks women may encounter, and will offer guidance based on her own experience with these issues.
Negative attitudes toward women make it difficult for us to break into male-dominated fields, and sometimes our fear of living up to gender stereotypes makes it difficult to see ourselves being successful where it seems like we don’t belong. Breaking into a male-dominated field is not impossible; staying in it is the real challenge.
Nobody wants to be a quitter. It’s a concept ingrained into the fabric of our social being. But what if my work environment is making me irritable, anxious, and unhealthy? Is it “wrong” to quit then? In some contexts, quitting is actually the best option. Leaving can be the end of something, sure. But it can also be the beginning of something else.
I have firsthand experience with feeling alienated and stereotyped. I have been intimidated in meetings and presentations. And I have also been the intimidator.The belief that there is only space for one woman at the top transcends industries. We must remember that the boardroom is not a throne. There is space around every boardroom table for us – many of us. We just have to barge in as a team.
No matter how you sugarcoat it, being unemployed or underemployed sucks. Depression and monotony can become your only companions. But instead of letting unemployment consume your life, you can navigate your way through a rough situation without losing faith in yourself. Keep filling out those applications, try some of these ideas to help weather the storm, and most importantly, stay positive.
Nursing is very much a gender defined role, one that has historically been dominated by women. And the work force certainly reflects that. When you are a male nurse, you are never just a nurse — you are the male nurse. If I say I’m a male nurse, I almost get ready to follow it up with “and so what?” Because I feel like I have to defend the position, or in some ways reinforce my masculinity.
Before we can think about whether or not we’ve ever experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, we need to become familiar with different definitions and forms of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is intimidation of a sexual nature. It is any type of unwelcome sexual advance, from a crude joke to aggressive sexual bullying. And there are actions that you can take against it.
I used to be overcome with guilt at the thought of being an artist, a writer since it doesn’t guarantee status or a regular paycheck. Having worked as migrant laborer since a child, I grew up associating my worth with work and writing as gratuitous and useless. Since then I’ve been figuring out how to follow my dreams. I’m not fully living off of my art yet but I’d like to pass on some advice that have helped me.
Construction jobs allow for upward mobility, making it a desirable career choice for many. However, while sex discrimination is illegal, many construction sites have anti-women attitudes, making construction jobs less desirable and/or torturous for women. I know first hand because I was one female out of a total of about 10 women in a site with hundreds of men.