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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


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

Reproductive health

  • Sex issues


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


  • 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


  • 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!

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  • Yes,here are so many issues now also when we have reached till this stage where girls can do everything much better than boys. I’m also facing these kinds of issues because of having a girl but I don’t care really about the thinkings of society for girls and I think that no girl should care about society ,they should focus on themselves only.

  • Even though the world keeps improving to make a better environment for women, they’re still find it difficult to living because how much people keep looking down on them. Every women in the world have to know what challanges on this era nowadays. Visit the link below to know the opinion:

  • I feel there are many problems issues concerning women females girls in this society like there always pregnant it’s like every girl women is pregnant and happy and what they really deserve is to be noted acknowledged for the messed up persons they really are I pray god will bless my concern about the overwhelming rates of pregnancy in society today and the true problems going on they lie so do the males that love them their families friends so happy this is beyond my understanding what is right or going on

    Jennifer Scott

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