If you've ever been asked about your plans on starting a family during a job interview, know that that is not a standard question... or at least it shouldn't be anymore, because what does that have to do with how well you can do a job? But, unfortunately, traditional employers still believe that if motherhood is in your future, you're somehow less important than your male counterpart. And the sad truth is, that's not the only time women face workplace discrimination.
A recent study of 900 people by Monster Philippines reveals some of the challenges Pinays still face at work today:
39% of women say their biggest barrier to success in the workplace is “the way they are perceived or treated” by others.
39% of women believe they have been held back from promotions because of their gender.
17% have been questioned during interviews about their plans to have children.
29% of women believe their choice to have a family has held them back in their careers.
18% say they experience things like being "talked down to" by their boss, or being called names such as "bossy" (16%).
According to Sanjay Modi, Monster.com's Managing Director of APAC and Middle East, "Lack of sufficient support from the workplace sometimes makes it a challenge for women to juggle both work and family commitments. Many still struggle with the physical and financial demands of raising a child, and would prefer support from their employer that can integrate both their needs for childcare and financial compensation."
Monster Philippines recently launched a campaign called #SheMakesItWork to raise awareness on gender inequality in the workplace, especially for women in Southeast Asia.
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