Why do women should eternally justify their presence at work through the idea of’virtue’? Can it be a tacit acknowledgement that they’re, in actuality,’poor’ and, if any girl really makes it her sex was done a wonderful favour and they should be thankful? Are women not eligible to be appointed or promoted with no undue enquiries regarding their value?
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Perhaps such justification appears to be significant because even the girls themselves seem to have accepted that only men should get certain tasks, especially in politics. Thus, if a woman qualifies at all to fulfill their shoes, there needs to be much hullabaloo to convince everybody that the male’criteria’ have not slipped, neither will they be reduced as well as the’lucky’ woman truly merited carrying the baton of male authority. Incredibly, the action of constantly linking women with the term merit has not been viewed as a gross insult by anybody, particularly when many men are appointed or elected to the highest offices due to their gender during the omnipresent’old boy’ networks.
On these occasions, the question of merit never seems to have any significance in any way. But women do have it in their power to change perceptions of themselves, particularly if they take the initiative. For instance, in its first couple of decades, the esteemed British Booker prize for the best publication of the year mostly went to guys, and mainly male writers were shortlisted. Few women writers seemed able to be in that last list. Their writing was not perceived to be up to standard.
In 1991, not a single girl was shortlisted, the Orange prize exclusively for women was introduced shortly after that with an even larger prize money compared to Booker, precipitating an indignant argument about its merits and rationale. It raised hackles into the roof because, suddenly, women no longer had to wait forever to have their abilities acknowledged by a virtual male club. Naturally, there were the most enormous cries of distress about women being’specially favoured’ that wasn’t a fantastic idea, and how nobody would want an award for guys.
Yes, nobody would have desired an award only for men since, up until that moment, despite half the authors being women, only men were recognised in reality. So it was, de facto, an award only for male writers, whatever the fine regulations and rules said. All the awards to then favoured men, so that they didn’t need any special support to get them. Thanks to the Orange prize being there, the Booker prize has become actually recognising worthy writers of every sex, but it took another award to assist it to see its ancient anomaly and inequity.
The idea of equal opportunities have a ways to go before women ever become truly equal. Perhaps we need a change of language to recognise the diversity of talent and people and benefit that significant difference, not expect everything to conform to the male standard. If all of us accepted that each man is different, but equivalent, we would be halfway along the road towards creating a situation in which the varied workplace (one that values men, women, minorities, people with a handicap or alternative sexual orientation, as an instance) is not just crucial to personal, corporate and professional expansion, but one recognized as the norm.
Work is a place where both women and men played key roles and be independently developed not because any 1 person especially merited it, or due to any specific gender or color, but because every man is known as having a skill or perspective that’s imperative to the economic development of the unit. True diversity would become the framework within which every person can contribute to the whole from an equitable standpoint, having the ability to develop their potential without fear or favour. In this environment, merit will cease to be of significance because everybody would have a fully appreciated value, thus automatically’meriting’ whatever they earned.
It would also be acknowledged that both women and men are crucial to reflect the community being served, to the sake of balance and for providing role models. Every employee, no matter race or sex, would then have the ability to experience true equality of opportunity, not allowed to them by anybody, but justly earned through their own diverse abilities, unique contributions and proper hard work.