Sunday, 22 February 2015

OUGD505 Design Practice 2 Studio Brief 01 Product, Range and Distribution Women at Work Stats

A lot of feminism focuses on the role women play in the work place and how and if in a patriarchal society women can be valuable in that way. I found a great article brining together statistics and some gender prejudices in a fantastic way.

"Working mothers are less productive than women without children

Some employers are suspicious of mothers, presumably because they know that when you’re responsible for the welfare of a human being, you start to have a threatening perspective on the usefulness of a three-hour meeting in order to approve a corporate hashtag. Yet researchers from the University of Zurich found that working mothers tended to outperform their child-free colleagues, and those with two or more children performed better than those with only one child. Mums get stuff done.

Working women leave it too late to have children and their fertility ‘falls off a cliff’

Earlier this year, Kirstie Allsopp said we needed to be honest with young women about having a baby, then working on their career, because “nature is not a feminist” and if women wait until they’re financially settled, it will be too late for them. But Hanzan and Zobia’s research turns this idea on its head, and new findings show that more than half of all babies are being born to mothers over 30. Our understanding of health is ever improving, and we know how to look after ourselves in order to promote fertility. Egg freezing, while controversial, is becoming an increasingly viable option.

Women are bad bosses

In a Gallup poll last year, 40% of women and 29% of men said they would prefer a male boss to a female one. The Ban Bossy campaign addresses the assertion that women in positions of power are seen in a negative way. However, research has found that venture capital firms that invest in women led companies that outperform those that don’t. Women in charge get results in the workplace – perhaps because they know they have to work harder to gain the respect their male counterparts are automatically afforded.

Working women are bad mothers

On average, women tend to spend an hour a day of quality time with their children, whereas in 1974, when there were far fewer women in the workplace, the figure was only 15 minutes. Researchers from the universities of London and Seville believe modern mothers are doing more for their children’s cognitive development than ever before. A study published in the New York Times showed working mothers were less likely to experience sadness, anger and diagnosed depression. That has to be good news for them and for their children.

They like to define themselves as ‘career women’

Some women choose to work. Some also have a family. Some don’t. Some women have to work in order to support their family. Some women want to work but find childcare costs make it so prohibitive that it makes more sense for them to stay at home. Women are too sophisticated to be defined as either mothers or not-mothers, working or not working – perhaps because we know our state of being is unlikely to remain static."

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