Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Limitations and stipulations: Unequal pay for equal work for women in the U.S.
by Onunaku, Uzoaku Ijeoma, M.A., Bowie State University, 2014, 89; 1585555
Abstract (Summary)

Gregory (2003) demonstrated that for the past thirty-five years small steps of progress have been made towards women's equality. However, he stated that sex discrimination is still blatant, subtle and covert and it continues to plague working women. He continued to argue that nearly all the population of women in the U.S. encounter obstacles in job advancement, whether the obstacles are glass or cement ceilings or ordinary brick walls. (p.5). The researcher will attempt to elaborate on disparate treatment women have endured for generations. With the current pay scale between women and men, women receive 23 cents less than their male colleagues out of every dollar earned. Because this system exist, it impedes a woman's holistic growth and functionality. For example, there are some women who are trapped in abusive relationships but cannot leave because they lack adequate financial resources.

Gregory (2003) pointed out that employer retaliation comes in various forms, although employers tend to favor discharge over other options. (p.162). He also stated that other forms of retaliation employers use to punish their employees for having engaged in protected activities include denials of promotion and demotions (p.163). The fear of retaliation prevents a woman from reporting the perpetrator. In addition, some of the political realm is working night and day against the improvement and progress of the women's population. With the above argument made about the disparate treatments towards women, the researcher will apply the qualitative method in this thesis to breakdown problems women face. Plus, the researcher makes suggestions how the nation can be involved in resolving and eliminating these issues, individually and collectively, to moving women's rights and progress forward and permanently.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: O'Brien, Pamela
Commitee: Briscoe, Shirelle, Krishnasamy, Adrian
School: Bowie State University
Department: Organizational Communications
School Location: United States -- Maryland
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Labor economics, Labor relations, Social structure
Keywords: Economic system for women, Holistic benefits, Unequal pay, United States, Women workers, Women's welfare
Publication Number: 1585555
ISBN: 9781321635171
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