Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Sexism?

Hey, ladies. What do you think of this. Interesting that the jounalist (Harriet Rubin) had such a hard time getting people to talk to her:

http://www.portfolio.com/executives/features/2008/03/17/Sexism-in-the-Workplace

Would love to hear what you think?
Roopa
http://rooparecipes.blogspot.com

8 comments:

Asha said...

Sexism was always there and always will be in the World! It's up to us to grow, look beyond that, do our best and achieve, no matter what they say or do.
I heard in Bill Mahler (HBO) show that US is more Sexist than it's racist! Look at how they are ridiculing Hillary! Sad but true!

Dee said...

sexism is very much a reality although most of the times in disguised forms. I have a 3yr old niece that wanted to know why there is only one girl 'Zoe' in Sesame street video...what do I say ? :)
I also go to this mommy group. When I introduced myself and my heavily technical profession, the first thing a mommy asked was, why did you choose a profession where there are only men!..what do I say ? :)
as with all things else, we as women should start looking beyound restrictions first for the lines to blur....

indosungod said...

Sexism is up there among the things that make me hate going to work and to deal with it everyday subtly and overtly is draining. Sad! I want Hillary to win for the symbolism that it will carry and probably help a generation of women overcome sexism. It is time can't wait till 2081 :)

Sandeepa said...

Sexism is very much there and starts at a very young age.
Right at birth branding clothes by colors pink & blue itself is very sexist I feel. Same goes with some of the kids shows and the brands. This really puts a distinction in tender minds even at their diaper age where Diego pull ups are for boys and Dora pull ups for girls

That exists at the work place is very true. I have a friend whose husband is an partner of a Management Consulting firm and they were hiring grads from top colleges. It seems they had an unsaid rule about not hiring women who are Moms, grads who were above 30 and such. Ridiculous but...

MahaVishnu said...

"[Hillary Clinton]was the "inevitable" Democratic candidate—until she wasn't. Once there was a charismatic male contender, we as a nation had to once again face our true feelings about gender and power. "
And the journalist who wrote the piece is doing it too - being Sexist. In her opinion, Obama is just charismatic and male? How about qualified and worthy? Hillary is, no doubt, a force to reckon with. But let's not elect her because she is a woman. Sexism exists but it is only detrimental to people who get bogged down by it.

Sandeepa said...

I agree with Mahavishu, lets not get bogged down by Sexism.

Indo, I know you really want Hillary to be there :-D, but again rooting for her just because of her gender is being sexist, isn't it ?

Roopa Unnikrishnan said...

It's a tough one - Hilary vs. Obama. Having worked in a firm that had only men in the most senior ranks, and now being in one that has quite a few senior women of substance, i certainly feel that having a woman in a significant, senior role makes the daily battle a little easier....

S said...

The issue of women in workplace goes deeper than just man vs women.The recruiting company would like an individual who can work with the org for a long period of time.

Now as per nature women have kids .They may be taking time off ,cut down work hr etc to raise their kids .So when seen alongside a male with the same skill set the company sees a better investment opportunity in him(wouldn't you).The question of companies having social responsibilities etc doesn't make a cut .For them it
is a Return on investment decision .Until the society changes and incentivizes the companies hiring moms/grad's above 30 etc(as mentioned ) it is foolhardy and naive to expect companies to hire people who may not be productive (comparatively ) in the short to medium term.