Women’s emancipation has advanced significantly throughout the years. Now more than ever, women are pursuing their goals. But do they receive the same treatment at work as men? The discrimination against women is still present in the 21st century. Earlier, women struggled for the right to work outside home; today, they fight for the chance to show the world how capable they are. Below listed are the top five issues faced by working women. 

1. Sexual abuse

Throughout history, whether in the ancient or modern eras, women have always been viewed as sexual objects. The percentage may have decreased in the 21st century, but the issue still exists. Sexual abuse can take many different forms, including inappropriate physical contact, obscene phone calls, insults that are made based on gender, comments that are disparaging about your appearance, physique, or character. If you experience any of these, please let your higher-ups know. If appropriate action is not taken to stop the behaviour, submit a legal complaint against the offender as well as the company that neglected to address your issue properly. 

2. Gender pay gap

Gender pay gap is one of the most common challenges faced by women in the workplace. A gender pay gap exists when a man is paid more than a woman for doing the same job, and the truly appalling part is that the woman is paid less because of her gender. Additionally, statistics reveal that men favour male senior officials over female ones. 

3. Fewer leadership opportunities

There are few organisations that choose a male dominant figure over a female one, even if women are just as efficient as men. Employers’ prejudiced attitudes may be the root cause here. Some businesses think that only a male can be effective enough to handle all the high-end topics. Talk to your official and share your talent if you are currently dealing with this. If you’re dealing with this right now, talk to your boss and let them know how talented you are. Moving to a place where your work is recognised is preferable if they are still unconvinced after that. 

4. Motherhood

Pregnant employees are sometimes provided with less maternity leave forcing them to quit to prioritise their health. This will have an impact on a person’s career as many companies refuse to hire people with a significant leave gap. This can be avoided if employers offer ample paid maternity leave, and if an employee wants to take more, they can do so with a pay cut without being fired. They can also offer benefits to new mothers who work from home.

5. LGBT workplace inequality

In India, LGBT is still taboo. Due to social pressure, the community’s residents find it difficult to discuss their gender preferences. They experience severe discrimination if they ever reveal the same. You can report any harassment to the police, and they will take the necessary steps if you are a victim.

Hope this blog on female workplace issues was educational and helpful.