More Women Executives

By: Emma Engel, Jake Bartshe, Kaylee Laws, and Tiffany Quinn

Problem:

Throughout the United States, there are more male executives than female, although women complete the same, if not higher education as men. The problem with this is women feel the pressures of social and personal interaction with other men. Women are still expected to take care of their kids although they may be a full time worker, just like their husband. More men are focused on leadership roles and their profession while women are focused on that as well, but also taking care of their children and families at home. Women were not expected to have higher roles than men in older literature, therefore they stayed at home and took care of the house and children. We interpreted the phrase “We are not there yet” as the female population in the United States, not having nearly as many female executives as men, and they have completed over 60% of all Master’s Degrees. Even if women did possess Master’s Degrees, they would not have been accepted into a workplace as a female executive since the offices were predominantly male occupied. Yet women holding executive positions are still earning 35% less than men. Women have been portrayed in society as housewives and were always suppose to be at home taking care of their families and pleasing their husband. This was shown throughout the story's , "The Yellow Wallpaper" and "The Awakening". Although a woman's role was subjected to be specifically helping around the house this created a long lasting stereotype that women could not take on leadership roles. Women work the same if not harder than men to complete a task, so they should be able to take on more executive positions. We are still not there yet because women are still being seen as not being able to be fully committed because people think that women need to stay home and take care of the family. Within the next five years more women than men will be in the global workforce. If women are going to be majority in the workforce, then women should have more leadership roles in companies. Women are still being paid less than men in just about every job. Women are still less likely than men to have confidence in themselves as leaders, which is a problem. Studies show that having women in executive positions can increase success for company's. Businesses may be better off with female board leadership and could mean more business value and profit for the company. Women tend to make more conservative investments, which are less risky, and can serve companies well. Also another point is that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer was the second best paid women in the New York Times's analysis, she earned $24.9 million, but back in 2012-2013 Mayer earned $62 million, which these values were still less than the $96 million the company paid to the man who worked/was ranked under her. The highest-ranking female executive at Anheuser-Busch sued them because of her unfair paying based on gender-- she only made $1 million as Vice President and the guy who had that position before her earned $4.5 million when he left. These unfair paying scales pose a big crush on women and because just based on their gender they earn way less than men. We need more women executives and in order to get them there needs to be a fair pay to executives in the same positions and not based on their gender.

Example #1: The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gillman

"So I take phosphates or phosphites-- whichever it is, and tonics, and journeys, and air, and exercise, and am absolutely forbidden to "work" until I am well again" (Gilman 770).

"There comes John, and I must put this away- he hates to have me write a word" (Gilman 771).

These quotes show stereotypes that were placed on women because of the past times. Women were thought of as "housewives" and were only suppose to stay in the house and clean and cook and provide for the family. Men did not like the fact of women helping out by working or being in school and getting an education.

Example #2: The Awakening by Kate Chopin

" He reproached his wife with her inattention, her habitual neglect of the children. If it is not a mother's place to look after children, whose on earth was it?... He could not be in two places at once; making a living for his family on the street, and staying at home to see that no harm befell them" (Chopin).

This quote shows that since men brought in the wealth and women had to take care of their family and home. Women had the task of homemakers and took care of the chores, looking after the safety and well being of their children and spouse, and women always had to make sure food and clothes were prepared for them. So with that being said, being a successful wife and mother was desirable.

CEO Positions That Are Held by Women:


  • Mary T. Barra, General Motors Co. (GM)
  • Marissa Mayer, Yahoo Inc.
  • Sheri S. McCoy, Avon Products Inc.
  • Carol Meyrowitz, TJX Companies, Inc.
  • Denise M. Morrison, Campbell Soup Co.
  • Indra K. Nooyi, PepsiCo, Inc.

Statistics:

  • 33% more women are able to get college degrees than men
  • Women only earn 73 cents to every $1 a man makes
  • In the United States alone, only 4.8% of CEO's are women
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Solution #1: Have More Stay-At-Home Dads

Having more stay-at-home dads will allow women to work and start executive careers. This will benefit the women population in CEO positions. The chart below shows more men work full time and do not stay home with the children and women work more part time, but wish to have higher executive roles in society. If more men are able to stay home and take responsibility of their family and the women are able to work will let women get more jobs in leadership roles and finally break through the stereotype of women being "housewives" and men working and providing for the family.
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Solution #2: Less male positions and more women able to take leading roles

There needs to be more positions that women are able to fill. Women should get the same rights as anybody else and especially the opposite gender. Women are more likely to earn higher degrees then men and yet this is still an issue in today's society because of the lack of female roles. In order for this to work, females need to make sure they have down time to take on this task and

Solution #3: Equal Pay For Both Men and Women

In this day and age women in the same positions as men earn less. This is a cause based on needing more female executives. Females taking over as executives is a big requirement to take place and women should be earning the same amount as men, being in the same job force. There would be more female executives if they were able to earn the same if not more money than men. Females have higher degrees already compared to men, so it would make sense for females to be able to earn the same amount or more of money for their positions. Females are no different then men, if anything they work harder for their jobs, and that is greatly appreciated in the work force. If there was a fix to the payment being given in their paychecks then there would be more female executives. Women are not going to work their butts off all day, while men sit there and pity around and not even earn close to what men earn. Women are not going to be doing that, they just won't. So if the payment that each gender gets was equal that could be a solution to having more female executives in decision-making roles.

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