Women’s month preface

Women’s Day marks the anniversary of the great South African women’s march of 1956, where thousands of women marched to the Union Buildings to protest against the carrying of passes.

The issues of equal pay and balancing the tension between work life and home life are just a handful of the many obstacles that prevent true gender equality. Let’s look at just a few issues that affect women in the workplace.

  • Men control the highest fields
  • Men control the engineering, scientific and financial worlds. Women are victims of occupational segregation and dominate lower paid areas, such as the caring professions of teaching and nursing.
  • Men are paid more
  • Men earn more for the work they do and even for equivalent jobs. This happens all across the world, from developing countries to First World cities.
  • Women ‘go to work’ when they go home

Many women do housework, cook, prepare school lunches and tend to children after their working day and commute is complete. Although there are exceptions, men tend to help out far less with homework, housework and cooking than women in dual income families.

In this edition, we celebrate two strong women who are pushing back against discrimination.

Guide to less sexist language

man hours

hours worked

handyman

maintenance worker

mankind

humankind

fireman

firefighter

best man for the job

best candidate

manpower planning

workforce planning

policeman

police officer

man-made

manufactured

housewife

home maker

Use the plural to avoid ‘his’, for example, Each student has his book.

Students have their books.

           

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