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  1. As we saw in the lecture gender equality is still an ongoing issue in our society. Women are still paid less, more likely to work part-time/multiple jobs, and find themselves with an unequal share of housework and childcare than their male partners. Gender still plays a prominent role in the division of labour. Furthermore, in the workplace women are more likely to be faced with an unequal amount of “office housework”. In this article from the New York Times Samberg and Grant say that women help more with small tasks that keep the office running smoothly because women are expected to be more “nurturing and communal” than men, and so of course should help. Women who do not help others are likely to be considered selfish and passed over for promotions and other opportunities. This New York University study showed that when men and women were both asked to stay late and help colleagues prepare for work tasks women who helped were rated the same as men who did not, but men who helped were rated more favourably than women who also did. Women in the workplace are expected to do more tedious activities such as taking notes, answering phones, planning meetings, and doing small favours like getting tea or coffee. These activities waste time with no gains, but men who do similar tasks receive praise and rewards. These gender imbalances in the workplace need to be acknowledged.

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