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The Independent Student Newspaper of St. John's University

The Torch

She works hard for the money

All women who plan on having a successful career should be worried.

Some want to say that sexism in the workplace just does not exist anymore, ever since the feminist movement.

However, this could not be further from the truth.

Neil French, the now ex-worldwide creative director of WPP Group PLC, an advertising group based in London and New York, recently said, “women do not make it to the top because they don’t deserve to” and later brazenly stated that women are “a group that will inevitably wimp out and go suckle something.” Not only did French have the nerve to say that motherhood makes women “wimp out,” but he even had the gusto to describe women as “crap” in regards to their place in the workforce. These statements may seem extreme, but this is a harsh reality that women are continuously forced to confront.

The reality of the matter is that women will inevitably have a harder time than men in finding success in the workforce since it is always possible that a female employee may leave their job to raise a family. But should women who are career driven be deemed merely as potential baby bearers? Should women who want to be great moms and great executives be frowned upon? Sadly, according to Work and Family Connection, 60 percent of working women return back to their jobs after having children, usually with a smaller paycheck.

Many still criticize working moms as part of the problem with today’s youth, but if women did not have to push themselves twice as hard as men to even be heard in the workplace, then they would have more time to spend with their families. When looking at the top positions at the Fortune 500 companies, only five percent of them are held by women. Likewise, according to a recent ABC News survey of 20 industries, women are still earning less than men.

So what is the solution? Women should stop deeming other women as “bad mothers” if they are career driven. Just as single moms selflessly raise their children and have no choice but to work, married mothers should be able to work just as hard (and be respected while they do so). Society as a whole needs to realize that having children and a career is not always a matter of choice.

Men (and some women) like Neil French evidently do exist in the workforce today. Just examine the cases against Wal-Mart and their practices against women (paying them too little, holding meetings at strip clubs, and giving women few promotions). The amount of blatant sexism in corporate America is astounding.

Still don’t think sexism is in the workplace exists? In a recent ABC News online poll, 94.9% answered “yes” that it does still exist.

Women should not be labeled as inferior workers because of our ability to bear children. If anything, we should embrace one another for the mere power of being able to do both.

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