Women in the Workplace: United States v.s. Japan

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We all know that women have fewer opportunities in job offers and promotions. It goes without saying that women get paid less than men. Why? Why is there such a gap between the amount on a man's paycheck compared to a woman's? In America, although women might think they are underrated, they need to realize that they have it better than other women in a different country. For example, Japan. In Japan, the idea of the working women is a whole new concept. It's obvious that the culture is different. However, women are just beginning to be realized in Japan.

What is stereotyping? In the Oxford Dictionary, it states,

"Stereotyping is the process of assuming a person or group has one or more characteristics because most members of that group have (or are thought to have) the same characteristics."

It is a process that helps people categorize and understand the world.

However, some stereotypes can be wrong. For example, there is a stereotype stating that women are weak and submissive, while men are powerful and domineering. This may be true to some, yet not true for all. When stereotypes are inaccurate and negative they often lead to misunderstandings which make resolving the conflict more difficult (Bolton 16).

Women today, have more opportunities than women in the 50's did. Now a woman has the choice to work full-time or part-time to earn some money. Although their husband provides primary income, they bring home the secondary income. Although it is still tough for some women, at least now they have a voice. More women are in college and graduate schools. In 1997, 54.1 percent of full-time college students were women and 69.3 percent of part-time students were women (Biber 41). Although now single parents are more common than in the 50's, it...