There are many issues in the field of work. One of many issues involves women in the work place. The problem is not the fact that they are there, that is in fact a great thing (although some would disagree.) It is the fact that they are seen as less than men and are even paid less for doing the same work. Men are often seen as more intelligent, while women are considered as know-it-alls. Older men are considered wiser, while older women are considered past their prime. Demanding men are considered powerful and having high knowledge of what to do, while women are seen as “bossy” or another unpleasant B word. There should be more women performing work that is male dominated. The problem is not exactly the same as it once was historically, as it has gotten much better than it was anywhere before… the 21st century really. The first time women were put into the workplace was nowhere near what would be called “getting it right.” However it was a pretty good start in letting women in at all. Small steps must be taken when practicing things that are, at the time, seen as highly controversial. But, every single step counts.
There are many things that can be done to make an impact in the economy. A good place to start would be increasing the minimum wage. Times are hard. Times are even harder for those who are making less than they need to live and survive. All too often, this tends to be the people who are working a minimum wage job. Currently, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Under the conditions of today’s economy, this would not be enough for one person. Let alone a person who is taking care of a child. People on this wage are typically working just to make ends meet, which eventually leads to working paycheck to paycheck. Through intense research, the appropriate amount would be about 10 dollars an hour. However, even a few extra dollars can go a long way.
B/Vlog option #4 (Link)
This link leads to a song by the Ying Yang Twins called “Live Again.” This song demonstrates a cultural understanding about work that is universally understood (at least in the United States). The work is that of a stripper. The work details that of how a young woman who is a college student with a young daughter and dead beat father who does nothing for her child. She hates being a stripper as she does not see it as an occupation, but feels that she must continue stripping because it is the only way to pay for college and keep her child feed and clothed. As said before, this is considered normal in America, but there are places where this would be considered disgraceful, such as India. In my opinion stripping is fine, but I can see how some people would be against it… especially fathers.
I have never had a job but my personal definition of work is getting up in the morning, or whenever the work begins, and taking time out of my day in order to bring home a source of income or paycheck to support myself and/or my family. One memory I have that is important to my social construction of the concept of work is when my grandfather retired from his job of being a bus driver… for about a week. He went straight back in order to not only get more money, because he received an extra check, but also because he enjoyed it and had been working there for so long. The only thing I cannot really understand about work is whether one should enjoy it or not. I always heard that the way to know whether you have a job is if you hate the work you’re doing. The only way to have a career is to have a work that you enjoy.
Two tragic military events that impacted the economy would be the civil war and World War I. The civil war impacted every one of all races and genders, but it impacted the African American male group of society the most. Abolitionists argued that the enlistment of black soldiers would help the North win the war and would be a huge step in the fight for equal rights. Even as they fought to end slavery in the Confederacy, African-American Union soldiers were fighting against another injustice as well. The U.S. Army paid black soldiers $10 a week (minus a clothing allowance, in some cases), while white soldiers got $3 more (plus a clothing allowance, in some cases). Congress passed a bill authorizing equal pay for black and white soldiers in 1864. The civil war gave African American males the chance to enter in the workforce of the army and eventually equal pay. World War I also had a large impact on every one of all races and genders, but I think the Women gained more freedom in the workplace because while the men were out in war, the women had to replace them at their jobs. World War I began in 1914 and America entered the war in 1917 and that caused a labor shortage among men and women who had to and did take over. In 1918, nearly three million new women workers were employed in food, textile and war industries. Many taboos and restrictions thrown up to keep women out of large-scale productions industry were broken down. They learned many new skills and as a result their roles continued to change within the workplace.