Unemployed While Female

5 years ago
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Currently I am in the process of changing jobs, and this has given me a great opportunity to observe what goes on in the lives of my other female friends who may be unemployed or chose to stay at home. 

If you have the means to chose unemployment I commend you!  It is an understanding in our household that whoever is off or out of work will handle the household chores.  In others though I have seen a much different outlook.  The stigma still remains that a woman handles the housework while the man earns a living.  The fact that being a full time mommy is just that gets swept under a rug.  How many women out there are juggling children while attempting (sometimes unsuccessfully) to manage the house?  It is not often recognized that children (even just one) is a full time job in and of itself.  How many times do you hear 'Momma look' in a day while you are attempting to do what is expected?

If you are a female looking for work this can be a monumental task in and of itself.  The fact still remains that men get interviewed first, considered first and generally paid more for the same jobs women everywhere are capable of.  We resort to applying for jobs well under a skill level because there's usually some man out there that appears 'more qualified' than us to do a job we were trained to do, and in some cases born to do. 

While many employers report that they are equal opportunity how is that measured?  Numbers?  They report how many femals and minorities are working for their company and pat themselves on the back.  They do not have to report what roles each gender fills and what percentge of their upper management is femal and/or minority.  Is this truly equal? 

The truth of the matter is that in most companies the upper management is primarily filled with men while women with the appropriate skills, training and experience remain doing what they were hired in to do instead of what they are capable of doing. 

This is merely a rant.  I don't have the answer to this as a solution would have to start at the man filled top of things.  How can you change people who would be 'risking their career' to hire a woman in?

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