Women Make Strides in Workplace Equality, Say More Can Still Be Done

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

"It's a man's world" -- or so they say.

In 1964, the U.S. Civil Rights Act made it illegal for employers to discriminate based on gender, but it wasn't a cure-all.

According to the National Committee on Pay Equity, women receive about 77 cents for every dollar a man would make at the same job.

Groups like Thomasville's Women's Forum were established to help women network and do business.

Says group member Amy Maison, "A lot of us are full-time career moms and have children at home and juggling the husband and family and job."

According to the Center for Women's Business Research, women-owned businesses employ more than 13 million people in the U.S. and generate trillions of dollars each year.

Women who work in business report different treatment based on their field of work.

Lorie Hodges Garrett used to be a real estate agent and now works for Archbold Memorial Hospital.

She says both of her positions exposed her to work environments teeming with women.

Says Hodges Garrett, "My background is in real estate, definitely a female-dominated business and so I certainly never felt descriminated [against] as a real estate agent, and now I work with Archbold in the medical field, and again, you have a large representation of women."

Outgoing Women's Forum Chairperson Sanford Gimza says she's had a different experience.

Says Gimza, "I've worked in male predominant work positions, and yes, I feel like I've been discriminated against."

Local politicians say Thomas County offers women many opportunies to further their careers.

Says State Representative Darlene Taylor (R - District 173), "If you look at us, we have a woman mayor. We have a woman that's chairman of the Board of Commissioners and I'm the representative for this district."

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