Traditionally, men were hailed as the superior sex. But while the unequal pay gap might have once led some to believe this, it’s safe to say that it’s no longer acceptable to take this as fact. Personal testimonies by employers and research hail women’s contribution, and now prove that the ground such assumptions have always rested on is very shaky indeed.
Studies show that women do in fact work harder in the workforce than men and are more effective leaders. Employers in Jamaica say they employ more women because they give better customer service, and are more punctual, reliable and honest than men.
Why exactly is this so? Let’s take a look at some possible reasons.
With exceptions of course, women are naturally more nurturing than men. They are often more in touch with their emotions, but they can also be more in tune with the feelings of others. This perhaps contributes to the warmth and patience needed for good customer service, the building of solid work relations and sharp communication skills. The ability to know as a leader what will motivate others, and strong morals and ethics that make them more honest, caring, inclined to treat others fairly and to follow the rules can be the head start women have in the workplace.
Many women work and then go home and take care of the house and family as well. It is possible that modern women are so good at accepting responsibility because they have more of it. Rather than hinder them, perhaps the extra weight on their shoulders makes them more effective at ensuring everything runs smoothly. Researchers note that the added pressure on women makes them work hard. Women are well aware that in some cases, they have to work twice as hard and do twice as well to be thought of as half as good.
Jamaica is one of only three countries in the world where female bosses are more prevalent than male bosses, with nearly 60% women in managerial roles. In terms of gender equality, that’s pretty amazing! But there’s still work to be done here and elsewhere.
Social media created a soapbox of sorts for the voiceless, as many women, who are heavy social media users, now realize. The #MeToo movement, popularized in October 2017, is a fine example. Women have used social media to confront the prevalence of sexual harassment, particularly in the workplace. It has prompted all kinds of apologies, resignations and firings of the guilty.
Hopefully that success and others to come can create a greater public awareness of women’s issues and the world will be forced to create positive environments for women globally. It’s time we distance ourselves from the faux disparity we’ve concocted within the human race. It’s time we create a world where regardless of gender each is treated equally.