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Kramer vs. Kramer & Prime Suspect

In spite of the gains made by the women's movement toward gender equality in American life, true equality has not been achieved in many areas, including the economic sphere. Surveys show that women on average earn significantly less than male workers, and indeed more than this, that women are paid significantly less than men for the same work. The overall figure usually given is that women earn sixty cents for every dollar paid to a male worker. This is only one of the issues facing women in the workplace, issues generated by changing gender roles, social tensions as the makeup of the workforce changes, longstanding gender problems between men and women that are now brought to the fore in the work setting, and issues derived from the way women treat one another as well. The average American spends half his or her waking time at work and may be enmeshed in work for a much larger percentage of time than that. Work is how we define ourselves. Work is not how we escape from the pressures of society, however, for the workplace is a crucible where the various tensions in the larger social fabric are certain to come to the fore. The types of gender issues seen in the workplace today can are reflected in our popular culture in films such as Kramer vs. Kramer and Working Girl, and in television productions (and novels) such as Prime Suspect.

Gender roles in Western societies have been changing rapidly in recent years, with the changes created both by evolutionary changes in society, including economic shifts which have altered the way people work and indeed which people work as more and more women enter the workforce, and by pressure brought to make changes because of the perception that the traditional social structure was inequitable. Gender relations are part of the socialization process, the initiation given the young by society, teaching them certain values and creating in them certain behavior patterns acceptable to their s...

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