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Why Married Women Fear Workplace Discrimination

Is pregnancy a workplace liability? Women might fear this to be true.

A recent survey conducted by Credit Angel, a credit reporting website revealed a disturbing practice among married and engaged women: thirty-five percent remove their wedding band before going to work, and twenty-nine percent take off their engagement ring before a job interview.

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When asked why nearly 1200 women surveyed expressed concerns regarding workplace discrimination.

Fears extended to being considered unreliable by a potential employer due to work and family-related conflicts in the future. Engaged females removed their ring out of fear that their prospective employer may suspect that the female employee would get married, acquire health benefits to have access to insurance and then take maternity leave.

Pew Research Center reported in 2017 that “About four-in-ten working women (42%) in the United States say they have faced discrimination on the job because of their gender” while twenty-two percent of men reported gender-related workplace discrimination, too.

Areas of discrimination that were at the top of the list for discrimination included wages and how peers considered their qualifications and skills. So, where are women getting the impression that their relationship status plays in? Perhaps this belief is rooted in women’s history.

In World War II, married and single women entered the workplace in droves, taking jobs that men once performed to support their families and to support the country while men were fighting in the war. “Prior to 1940, twenty-six states banned married women from taking jobs,” according to Historian Megan McDonald Way.

When men returned back to the United States, women were removed from jobs in order to give them to men. Today, there are lots of laws that protect women from discrimination, both in the workplace and during the interview process.

Do women really need to fear this level of discrimination as real? According to a 2019-survey conducted by Gender Insights, more women are hired than men, and companies have determined to make it a priority to treat men and women equally.


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About Aria Gmitter

Aria Gmitter writes about parenting and political matters affecting the family.

One comment

  1. I’m happy for women who chose to have children and support their decision. That being said, co-workers bear the brunt of their absence from work. My employer can’t afford to fill their absence with a temp worker; it’s exhausting to have work twice as hard for the short fall. Five women in my department have given birth to seven babies in the last five years. It’s the equivalent of 21 months of decreased work force in my department alone. It truly takes a village to raise a child. There’s a need for a diverse work force in every industry to make up for the short fall; it can be very burdensome on a company who’s workforce are all of similar childbearing age.

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