Gender and Work in Sociology

Segregation is the act of side-lining an individual or thing from being a participant in an activity or relationship. Gender segregation is, therefore, the act of keeping of a person from engaging and participating in some activity or work they aim to earn an income from on grounds of their gender as they are expected to take up different roles (Dubeck and Dunn, 2006:23). This study seeks to explore extensively the magnitude of gender segregation at work and uncover the underlying factors behind it, analyze and discuss these factors and recommend possible solutions to this problem as in reference to the existing theoretical.The society is socially dynamic and many changes are witnessed in the working field. Although many gender activists have struggled and battled out to minimise and eradicate this biases sand the segregation at workplaces that are associated with gender, this trend has continued and seems like it is deeply ingrained in our socio-economic world and one major driver for this is the culture across the world that socially provides for and condemns certain genders from participating in certain work since they are for a particular gender and not the other. Traditionally, women have been skewed toward engaging in less physical and more expressive roles while men are authenticated to work in areas that require great physical energy and manpower. The society has unwritten laws and chores like cooking and maintaining the home and generally being a home person but on the other side, men are given roles of providing security, going out to the field and indulging in physical activities to earn income for the family. They are charged with instrumental duties, unlike women who are expressive. These expectations have not only affected their behavior at the workplace but in every aspect of their life. They way men construe and handle the situation, therefore, have greatly changed owing to thesesocial expectations.

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