Imagine being a man and after all your school years trying to be the best, better than everyone, only to one day you get shut down by the company you had always dreamed of because it was a job reserved for a woman.
In my opinion, hard work and dedication have no gender. We are rewarded according to our perseverance and commitment if I am best, why is the job reserved for someone else? It’s not about gender but about ability.
At least I like to think this is how an ideal world would work.
Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world but in a real one. A world where some people are just better than others and the best positions are occupied by man. The high-level jobs I am talking about are for example: chief executives, architectures and lawyers.
According to an article on Forbes, there are a few reasons why there are more men leading major jobs, for example: women are less likely to jump at opportunities for professional advancement, men want more power than women do and women have more life goals compared to men, however only a few are focused on power.
Women are most likely to choose less lucrative jobs.
An issue related to this topic is the gender breakdown in the workforce. According to data provided by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 10 highest-paid jobs in America in 2015 are ruled by men, all of them have a percentage of male workers above 50%, excluding Pharmacist, that does not have more than 50% men (48% instead).
Looking in a more historical viewpoint, women have been fundamental and extremely important in the workforce and changing the world, for example:
· Marie Curie, won a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903.
· Queen Elizabeth, one of the most successful monarchs in British history.
· Currently, one of the most talked girls in the world, Greta Thunberg started a global climate change movement at the age of 16.
From 1890 to 2016, the female labour force participation rates have raised significatively as shown below.
Another statistic argument, shown below, is the percentage of women in the House of Commons in the UK.
In 2010 the percentage of women was 22,8%. Five years later, almost 30% of the House of Commons were women. This shows the increasing representation of female power and it tends to be even higher.
If you ask me, “Should the government encourage a certain percentage of these high-level jobs to be reserved for women?” I would return the question “Wouldn’t we be contradicting ourselves?”
Throughout women history, we have achieved many things, mainly due to our dedication, resilience, flexibility, the capability to adapt and overcome. We have been affirming our position without “reserved jobs” and we should continue our legacy that way, being proud of our history.
The fact that women are becoming part of the decision-making and high jobs illustrates the needed gender balance that the world is currently living.
We want equal opportunities. We should not want to be superior.
As a woman I do not agree with reserved jobs for us, women do NOT need them, and this is the way we as humanity should think.
"Women in National Parliaments". Inter-Parliamentary Union. Retrieved 17 February 2015.