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Is There Equality in the Work Place? (02:00)


What do people in Britain today really think about women at work? Women make up about half the U.K. workforce but will earn an average of 369,000 pounds less than a man over a lifetime of working full time.

How Far Should Equality Go? (02:43)

Is there a good reason why there has never been a female police commissioner or army general in Britain? A group of armed police officers convey that their only female coworker is just as capable as the men.

Think Manager Think Male (02:00)

A professor who specialize in gender equality shares some surprising statistics about women's positions in the work place. Women are often perceived in a negative way when they exhibit traits that are typically associated with men.

Mixing a Career and Children (02:14)

At the age of twenty men and women earn equal pay but by the age of 40% women earn 20% less. Are these numbers related to child bearing? A look inside the life of a working mother shows how complicated it can be to balance home and work.

Balancing Act of a Working Mom (02:06)

A working mother of four discuss the balance between family and work.

Discriminatory Hiring Practices (01:58)

The vast majority of women in Britain with children under five take a step down in their career in either responsibility or hours worked. A business owner shares her reasons for not hiring women of child bearing age.

What is True Equality? (01:17)

Male employees comment on their bosses policy against hiring women of child bearing age. They also discuss their feelings about paternity leave.

Example of Gender Stereotyping (02:30)

While some companies fear the prospect of maternity leave others actively embrace it. Inside a company with a generous maternity package, the program host is forced to acknowledge his own prejudice about women in the work place.

Benefits of Working with Working Mothers (01:27)

Thirty thousand women per year lose their jobs because they get pregnant but this isn't the case for everyone one. A director of human resources explains his company's generous maternity policy.

Have Maternity Policies Gone too Far? (01:37)

Some believe equality means that fathers should be give the same parental benefits as mothers.

What Do People Think About Women and Mothers in the Workplace? (01:38)

Only 7% of men surveyed would choose to stay at home with a newborn if maternal rights were replaced with parental rights. People on the streets of London share their views on the gender roles of men and women.

Women in the Medical Field (02:13)

Might it be that men dominate the top jobs because they aren't as focused on family life as women? Roughly half of general practitioners are women but surgeons remain 93% male.

Kids or Surgery? (02:39)

Surgery is an incredibly demanding job that can be difficult to balance with a family. Two women share their reasons for pursuing or not pursuing jobs as consulting surgeons.

What Role Does Biology Play in Success? (00:46)

Are Men and Women Wired Differently to want Different Things? Men and women on the streets of London share opinions on gender.

Are Men and Women Wired Differently for Success? (01:31)

The theory of evolutionary psychology claims that as a result of natural selection men and women are born with different ambitions. It says from birth boys are focused on power and status while girls tend to be attracted to caring roles.

Testing Evolutionary Psychology (01:38)

A gender experiment performed with 8 year old school children does not produce the same results as a previous experiment intended to show that boys are wired for success.

Can Girl's be Wired for Success? (02:22)

Does society teach boys to be more competitive than girls? The head of the Royal Institution explains that nature and nurture both contribute to success.

Man vs Woman on the Trading Floor (02:34)

It is estimated that 97% of financial traders are male who are paid much more than females in the industry. Testosterone is known to improve focus, competitiveness, and reaction times.

Hormones Role in Driving Financial Market (01:02)

A former wall street trader turned Cambridge Academics expresses his concerns over testosterone. He says that if his theory is correct more women on the trading floor could reduce volatility in the financial markets.

Hermione Granger Syndrome (02:06)

There is a body of evidence to suggest that the testosterone fueled atmosphere in the city has turned toxic. Sex discrimination cases are becoming more common. A former financial trader discusses sex discrimination.

Where is a Woman's Place? (02:23)

Not everyone agrees that women should play an ever more prominent role at work. Some see a link between the rise of the working mother and the fall of the traditional family. Men at a boxing club share their views on women in the work place.

Are Men in Modern Society Marginalized? (03:15)

The founder of the first refuge for battered women explains her point of view that women should be at home to raise traditional families. She believes women were brain washed to believe that all men are potentially dangerous.

How Should Mothers Balance Work and Family (00:43)

People on the streets of London comment on the express their opinions on women's priorities.

What Went Wrong in the Fight for Equality? (02:01)

Co Founder of underground magazine Spare Rib shares how her views have changed since the days she fought for women's liberation.

A Mother's Choice to Stay at Home (02:18)

Today just 30% of mothers look after their children full time. A stay at home mom shares her reasons for quitting her job to be with her children.

Are Children Damaged by Daycare? (03:02)

A professor involved in the world's largest ever study into the effects of child care shares some of what he has learned over the last 18 years. He says the quality of child care should be balanced with the time spent in care.

Sacrifice for Success (02:45)

In a survey nearly two thirds of working moms said they did so out of necessity not choice. A business owner explains that she became successful for the benefit of her family.

Choices and Commitments Women Make (01:35)

Institutional sexism, employer policy, and individual choice all appear to play a part in inequality in the workplace.

Is There Still a Glass Ceiling? (02:32)

Mothers in a hospital maternity ward discuss the choices they make in regards to working and being a mother. Includes a preview for the next episode in the series, The Trouble with Working Women: An Inquiry into Inequality Between the Sexes.

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When it comes to corner-office clout, women overall have not succeeded in the workplace to the degree that men generally have. In an effort to come to grips with that assessment, this program refuses to shy away from the hard questions as it sheds light on what is seen less as a glass ceiling and more as a glass maze. The central issue is whether, practically speaking, women can, should, or even desire to “have it all” by pursuing a career and raising a family. Drawing on hard science, social science, and pop science, the program considers the realities of gender inequality as it examines matters of sex discrimination in the workplace, business priorities and practices involving maternity leave, the effects of nature and nurture on innate competitiveness, the state of the nuclear family in an era of two-earner households, why it is assumed women should be more responsible for child-rearing than men, and whether the women’s movement has in some measure boomeranged. A BBC Production. A part of the series The Trouble with Working Women: An Inquiry into Inequality Between the Sexes. (60 minutes)

Length: 60 minutes

Item#: BVL41291

ISBN: 978-1-61616-652-6

Copyright date: ©2009

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