Women face many more challenges in the workplace than men.
Workplaces are not designed for women to succeed or rise to power positions.
Culture is designed for women enter workplace in a lower position & stay there.
Traditionally that is “what they are good at.” as men are prone to say.
The issue that needs to change is the gendered language used in workspaces.
And how the way men talk it does not support the success and growth of women.
There are 2 types of language used at work: communal language and agentic language.
Women who are outspoken, confident, “get the job done” are given labels.
Also Drama Queen, Negative Nancy, Debbie Downer, and other derogatory epithets.
Implying that being “like a man” is a negative thing if you are a woman.
Despite obstacles women continue to slowly gain more positions of leadership,
But the statistics are still disproportional.
It is about the language that is used/
Language needs to change is because the needs of those who use it change.
The emergence of New technology has contributed to this change.
Effort & refraining from using gendered language can start the change
Change the evaluation process & feedback using agentic & communal language.
Words associated with good leaders should be used to describe work of a woman.
Start using gender-inclusive language. Use “they” instead of “he” or “her.”
Steer away from words that end with “man”.
Taking these steps & recognizing the issue is first step toward empowering women in the workplace..
“We’re far from an ideal place where women and men make up higher positions almost equally”.
SOURCE[S] : “GENDERED LANGUAGES: ANOTHER OBSTACLE FOR WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE” [by kiani laigo}
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