For centuries, women’s roles were restricted to being homemakers, caretakers and even a source of pleasure for men, and their value was evaluated based on their capacity to fulfill the duties of these roles. In this way, women were programmed to base their value on their outer beauty rather than their talents and character.
After a long and arduous battle of gaining rights for women in the social, economic and political arena and shifting the perception of women, the modern woman has the privilege of becoming whoever she wants to be and develop a broader and multifaceted identity. She can become a CEO, a mother, an artist, a politician, an athlete or a human-rights activist—whatever it is that calls to her.
Yet women still face limitations in getting to the top tier of society, especially in the workplace. According to an article written by Curt Rice, women encounter challenges when it comes to getting to higher levels of organizations. Only 17 percent of lawyers are women in Fortune 500 companies and fewer than 10 percent of universities are run by women.
According to Rice, the main reasons that women face this issue is because of the way many companies are structured which tend to be male-dominated. In organizations where men hold most of the power, men tend to have a major influence over decisions which often limit women’s opportunities to progress. Women also face the challenge of overcoming “beauty bias.”
Numerous studies have been done proving that beautiful women have many more advantages compared to their more average-looking counterparts as a result of this beauty bias. This form of favoritism has resulted in a considerable income gap with good-looking employees making 12 percent more money than their average looking counterparts....
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