For many women, small indignities and injustices can add up to measurable disadvantages in their careers, particularly in male-dominated STEM workplaces.
Let’s dig into the most common types of discrimination women face in the workplace.
Discrimination based on age
Discrimination based on age often works in combination with other grounds of discrimination to produce unique forms of disadvantage. For example, women generally experience age discrimination differently than men. Older men are often valued as experienced employees, while older women are often perceived to lack stamina and want to slow down. Also, young women can face discrimination because of the concern that they may decide to start a family and be absent from the workplace on a lengthy leave.
Discrimination based on sex
Discrimination based on sex includes discriminating against someone because they are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or are breastfeeding, to name a few facets. Sex discrimination is often linked to other protected grounds, such as gender identity, gender expression, and family status.