A child’s destiny can be determined by as simple a circumstance as whether the father contributed an X or Y chromosome. Gender biasness is so much into the minds of our society that this biasness starts right from the time a couple plans to have a baby. They start to plan differently for a boy and a girl.
A set of traditional behavior is recognized by every society where men and women are expected to act in their own abilities.
There are feminists, values of manhood and learned patterns of behavior, ranging from society to society. These differences are socially and culturally determined by what the Gender is? Gender differences present to the social relationships between men and women who are learned, varies with time, and have enormous exchange between cultures. Therefore, bias is distinction of giving an extreme benefit to members of the definite group as compared with the members of the other group. Hence, discrimination is a complex phenomenon with two broad forms. Firstly, unequal behavior is a deliberate action discrimination based on sex, race, etc. Secondly, negative impact because of apparently impartial employment practices and unintended consequence.
Gender biasing is one of the many forms of biasing that exist in the public as well as private sector organizations. Laws followed reduce this biasness in public organizations. But, in the private sector there are many organizations where women are facing this biasness.
On the basis of persons’ biological sex we create certain assumptions in our mind and usually try to stick to them. For example, law states that men and women should receive equal pay for equal work done by them. But many employers pay lower wages to women for the same job done. One reason for this is that women are usually less aggressive and less likely to question than men.
Secondly, as per the mindset of the people, women are meant to take care of the home and kids. Time and again working women are reminded of this fact that they are not giving their 100% to the job because of their personal and family commitments. This may be true some of the times, but with the changing times women are really working shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts and in most cases are performing even better.
Women are entering areas of work they have never done before gaining both acceptability and appreciation. But then, there are these so called managers who cannot digest women climbing up the corporate ladder. They constantly try to de-motivate their female counterparts and find usual faults in the work done by them. Their mistakes are actually highlighted as mistakes whereas the mistakes done by their male counterparts are just let go off.
Taking a maternity leave also impacts women’s salaries and career advancement adversely. However hard you work before and after your maternity leave you can never outshine you seniors’ expectations.
Infact, I think it comes to mindset. You may be having the perfect policies; you may be checking the boxes, but if you don’t change your mindset, there is going to be discrimination.