Problems Women Face in Society


problems women face in society

 

Last week the Soldadera Coffee team had the pleasure of being at the Mexican Heritage Festival. We were happy to have our first real meetup with our fellow Soldadera followers. It was a great experience!

At the festival our Soldadera team got the chance to speak with many interesting and inspiring people. There were many women and men who were interested in women’s issues. These people were open to sharing their personal experiences as well as the experiences of their friends and loved ones regarding women’s issues. Below is a compilation of the experiences that were shared at the Soldadera Coffee Meetup regarding gender inequality and how women are viewed in society. These thoughts have been separated into categories. Here are the problems that women face in society:

Stereotypes of supposed “Women” Characteristics as perceived by society

  • Having to be “nice” and “kind” always
  • Been told that they are too “blunt” or “aggressive.” These are/can be positive male traits
  • Been socialized to constantly apologize
  • Criticized for being demanding
  • Been told that when they were just being a pleasant person they were judged as “flirting”
  • Been called “hostile” for standing up for themselves
  • Been told they can’t do things because they are women
  • Been told they are bossy
  • Not being seen as financially independent
  • People surprised at ambition/drive for success

Violence and Abuse

  • Machismo (strong or aggressive male pride) leading to the assault of young kids
  • High rates of sexual assault
  • Abuse, rape, trauma, untreated trauma
  • Sexual abuse/degradation
  • Rape culture
  • Human trafficking
  • Having to be constantly aware of your surroundings

Wage gap

  • Unequal pay for the same job

Ignorance

  • People not hearing their opinions
  • People discounting their opinions
  • Lack of respect

Reproductive health

  • Sex issues

Racism

  • When applying for jobs, having their resumes being passed over because of having unusual (female) names

Motherhood

  • Criticism for working outside the home and being “career-minded”
  • Criticism on the right way to be a mother
  • Not appreciating mothers and all they do
  • Different perspectives on motherhood based on where you live
  • Being a stay-at-home mom and people not taking the job seriously
  • People not being understanding of mothers

Workplace

  • Being the only females in a male-dominated industry and not being taken seriously
  • The Glass ceiling effect
  • Been faced with a lack of respect as business professionals
  • Been offered promotions and then getting passed over when they found out they were pregnant
  • Been turned down for a job because of being in supposed childbearing age and may quit once they have children.
  • Questioned even if they have a Phd or Md

Body image/ objectification

  • Criticized for being overweight
  • People staring and being objectified
  • Men creating a lack of personal space to them not understanding why they are uncomfortable
  • Too much emphasis on looks
  • Judgement of appearance

At school

  • Having to either sit back while teachers side with sexism or get attacked by the majority of the class for arguing about women’s issues
  • Being blamed for things like campus assault for what they wear

Other (that cover a multitude of categories)

  • Lack of role models (especially minorities)
  • Mansplaining- when men are condescending when explaining an understood concept
  • Stigma against women’s health (periods/boobs, etc.)
  • Kids vs. career
  • Name calling

Here's a photo of the posters from our festival

problems women face in society posters grand rapids

Are there any problems you have experienced as a woman or that you have seen another woman face in society? Please share in the comments below. We would love to hear from you!

4 comments

  • Trasetta Alexander | Productivity Coach

    I think the stereotypes of the characteristics of a women hold us back more than anything else. It is that societal programming that comes up every time we attempt to push our perceived boundaries. Excellent conversation starter! Thanks for sharing.

  • Dawn Melissa

    People assume in flirting when I’m being pleasant. It’s beyond frustrating. Because when I don’t smile I’m told I look angry or hostile. This is why I prefer to work from home and also for myself, to minimize this kind of nonsense.

  • ADilene

    Good job on the list!! ?? There’s so much to it but I’m glad more people are open to understand it now.

  • Addicted2books

    Excellent list! The objectifying of women because they happen to be “hot” or “sexy” is a HUGE problem!

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