Women As Professionals
NBC Nightly News has been doing a lot of reports on changes in the American workplace. One thing they’re pointing out with specific emphasis is all the ladies who are becoming more prominent in the workforce. More women in middle-management and positions of power, more women working in general, more women being the primary breadwinner in their families.
I think it’s fantastic! Not only are women finally reaching a place of significance which the feminist movement set out to achieve almost half a century ago, but it’s a push toward the strengthening of male culture as well.
People don’t really talk about guys anymore. There is no mens movement, and why should there be? But think of the long term effects all these will have on male culture. My grandparents were born in the 20s and 30s. They were told they were supposed to be the heads of the household, the breadwinners, the MEN of the house. This was a sentiment that goes back to every male generation before them.
Then there was my dad’s generation, of the 50s. He was in a male dominated workforce as the feminist movement starting getting a footing. He was told by his parents that he needed the be the MAN; however, he was the first generation to start seeing women in mens roles; the gender gap was pierced. Then, my cousin, of the late 70s and early 80s. He entered the workforce as women were making significant strides in life. The feminist movement had evolved many times, and now women had a firm grasp in society. His generation learned from their fathers that women and men could be equals, and that it didn’t really matter who was on top or not.
Now, my generation. When we enter the workforce, we’ll be entering a workforce largely dominated by females; I am a man, and I will be the minority, the first time this has ever happened. I have grown mentally in such a way that there is no difference between a man or woman. While I realize this perspective isn’t shared by all boys my age, I feel it’s a growing perspective. My generation has to learn about empathetic management, and live in a world where we are needed to respect our FEMALE SUPERIORS.
Now, finally, imagine the next few generations. Those boys will go through what I go through. My generation will tell their kids to respect people as people, be them women or men, because neither is better. Mentally, in the hearts of a generation, women will finally begin reaching that equality in mens’ eyes.
But I said this would benefit men. How? We will see the world more empathetically. We will see the world more emotionally. We will see the world from a more understanding vantage point. In short, men will become more emotional and less grizzly. Sure, we’ll still be stupid as hell, and hairy, and buff, and all that. But we’ll begin seeing the world less from a gender point of view, and more of a human point of view. This will help men become more comfortable with gays, transgenders, bisexuality; more comfortable with stay-at-home dads; more comfortable in jobs that were traditionally dominated by women… The changes are incalculable.
The feminist movement still has a lot of work to do - just because these statistics are a major stride doesn’t mean things are over. But please, feminists, keep going! You are reaching a point where the feminist movement is beginning to run-off unto the male mentality. You’re reaching a point where the feminist movement may one day evolve into the humanists movement. You are benefiting more than just females by being a feminist. Be proud to be a woman, and be strong for other women. Through your strength, humans - men or women - will benefit.