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Although women live and thrive in the twenty-first century, inequality is an organizational issue that is still evident today. The “text” I will use is the 2016 documentary Equal Means Equal using the ideological analysis of the importance of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment [ERA] in today’s workforce; “…the ERA battle is not simply a battle against one particular amendment to the Constitution, but is instead a crucial battle in the war to save a great nation that is wavering on the verge of destruction” (Foss, 1979). The ERA was initially introduced in the 1920s and under consideration in the 1970s and 1980s, but the attempt to pass the ERA’s 1982 deadline failed. Today, there are more women in the workforce. The new women warriors: Reviving the fight for equal rights by Jessica Ravitz state:
Women who work full-time earn 78 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts, a raise of just about 19 cents since President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963. For women of color, the picture is worse, with black women making 64 cents and Latinas making 56 cents for every dollar earned by a white man (Para. 12).
This topic is relevant today because women are still considered “less than” and are paid less for the same jobs as their male counterparts.
The documentary, Equal Means Equal is a portrayal of the inequalities women previously and currently experience today. The film’s real-world narratives promote dialogue and awareness on controversial topics like the gender pay gap, pregnancy discrimination and maternity rights while exposing outdated laws and discriminatory attitudes towards women in a male dominated workplace [society]. “Organizational women must often negotiate an unfamiliar culture, where violation of prescribed organizational norms or the violation of prescribed gender role norms creates paradox” (Martin, 2004, p.148). Furthermore, the documentary’s main argument is the importance of ratifying the ERA. My project is an analysis of gender inequality and glass ceilings within the workplace. Examining identity and difference in organizational life; using the feminist theorizing approach. Glass Ceilings in a Gendered Workplace supports the persuasive argument to ratify the ERA, so that women across the nation will truly be considered equal under the law.
Eisenberg, E. M., Goodall, H. L., Jr., & Tretheway, A. (2014). Organizational Communication Balancing Creativity and Constraint (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Bedford
Equal Means Equal [Online image]. (2016) Retrieved from: https://twitter.com/equalmeansequal
Foss. S. K. (1979, October). Equal Rights Amendment Controversy: Two Worlds in Conflict. Quarterly Journal of Speech. 1979, Vol. 65(3), pp. 275-288.
Lopez, M (Producer & Director). (2016). Equal Means Equal [Motion picture]. United States: Heroica Films.
Martin, D. M., (2004). Humor in Middle Management: Women Negotiating the Paradoxes of Organizational Life. Journal of Applied Communication Research. 2004, Vol. 32(2), pp. 147-170.
Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films. (2015, March 3). Retrieved from: https://youtu.be/cK9AV6Uffro
Ravitz, J. (2015, April 16). The new women warriors: Reviving the fight for equal rights. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/02/us/new-womens-equal-rights-movement/
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Final Paper: The Personality of the U.S. Case Study
There are many steps one could take in order to increase his or her communication ethics literacy. When I think about enhancing my communication ethics literacy, and applying my education to public and private space(s), I believe it is imperative to have an open mind. Not only to have an open mind, but be willing to engage people with different thoughts, ideas, backgrounds, and ethnicities. Truly, the communication is more than technology. The communication is applying technology, theory, and diversity for an engaging and innovative communication climate. Arnett, Fritz, and Bell (2009) write, “We are no longer in a time of information increase alone, but in an era of responsibility increase as well, a time to learn and engage information that we do not know and would not even care to know,” (Arnett, et al., 2009, p. 220-221). Society today is growing by leaps and bounds, and communication across all sectors help provide clarity in the melting pot called the United States of America.
Communicating Mindfully [COM 616] has taught me to be aware of the information I share in public space. Arnett, et al., (2009) state, ” In an information age, we find others willing to share all sorts of information with the public, making the private seem almost nonexistent,” (p. 101). On social media platforms like Facebook, I find myself analyzing posts from friends; some share everything happening—even vacations. Going on vacation means taking a break from everything; including social media [I think]. At work, I analyze when a co-worker communicates with me; whether by chat, phone, or e-mail . For example, a team lead recently replied to me in CAPS. I immediately thought it was rude and shocked that this individual thought it was OK to write in CAPS.
My personal [family] relationships have improved because I am now aware of certain communication ethics literacy like health care communication ethics, public discourse ethics, and dialogic communication ethics. As a result, I no longer react to situations, but I respond through active listening and attentiveness. For example, a couple of days ago, my mother called me at 3am because she needed to go to the hospital. Arnett, et al., (2009) defines responsiveness as the, “responsibility that meets the call of the Other, even when the call is unwanted,” (p. 192). Although she couldn’t wait for me to drive her to the hospital, she was proud of the way I handled the situation. Even my brother and sister-in-law [love] was pleased of my responsiveness.
Moving forward, I will remember that common sense is in the eye of the beholder [i.e. writing in CAPS], to listen without demand, and attend to the needs of the Other as I continue my efforts to increase my communication ethics literacy.
Arnett, R. C., Fritz Harden, J. M., & Bell, L. M. (2009). Communication
ethics literacy: Dialogue and difference. Los Angeles, CA: Sage.