Why do legal protections for womenâ€™s employment rights continue to be an issue? Why isnâ€™t womenâ€™s legal access to employment a sufficient victory?
How do laws protecting women in the workplace benefit society as a whole?
What factors keep men and women segregated into â€œmasculineâ€ and â€œfeminineâ€ jobs? Why do you think these divisions persist? What does it take to turn a job into a gender-neutral one? Can you think of any examples of where this has happened?
Is Affirmative Action policy still needed? If so, how would you administer it fairly? If not, which of the reasons for its creation do you think are no longer valid?
Why does unpaid domestic labor fall so unequally to women? Why is this a problem? Can you suggest some solutions?
Why are so many women involved in part-time work? How could part-time or home-based work be made more equitable for women? What conditions need to exist before women are able to make a genuine choice between part-time vs. full-time labor?
Why does it matter if women are in executive positions in business or not?
How does the #MeToo movement fit into discussions about women’s equality in the workforce? Here are a few articles that will help you get caught up on this recent movement. If you respond to this question, refer to at least one of our assigned learning resources for the week in addition to any references to the articles below:
#MeToo is at a crossroads in America. Around the world, itâ€™s just beginning. [Washington Post, 2020]
Harvey Weinstein’s Conviction Shows How Cultural Change Is Reshaping the Criminal Justice System [The New York Times, 2020]
Where #MeToo Came From, and Where Itâ€™s Going: The movement is moving the culture beneath the law of sexual abuse [The Atlantic, 2019]
“The ‘Click’ Moment: How the Weinstein Scandal Unleashed a Tsunami” [The New York Times, 2018]