Women have worked hard in the last decade trying to make a place just for them in the work world and have made great strides. One of reasons the roles of men and women in the work force have changed dramatically in recent years is due to such actions. Women are not the only ones trying to fit into the work world doing what they love anymore, men are working just as hard. Since the world is so used to seeing females fighting to fit in, the male population is standing out more when trying to find a job in a field that is uncommon for them to work in.
Women have gained ground and then lost some of it in the recession after 2001 according to Heather Boushey, an economist at the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Economic and Policy Research. This will be a pattern for both men and women as they continue to compete in the work force. Until recently, women were generally unable to obtain employment in jobs where only men were employed and vice versa. We now have a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to make sure there is not employment discrimination. The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 was introduced, followed by The Civil Rights Act of 1991, which made major changes in the federal laws against employment discrimination enforced by EEOC. These Acts have made it easier and possible for both men and women to obtain employment in the fields they desire.
Even though we have laws protecting discrimination in the work force, it still occurs on a lower level. Sarah, in the essay "Girl in an Oven" and Daniel, in the essay "One Man's Kids" are perfect examples of how small acts of discrimination from fellow employees and bosses still occur. The world has never been and will never be a perfect place. There will never be complete diversity for men and women even though there is much hope for it. As long as there are opposing opinions from people, there will always be some type of discrimination.