More Women in Business
This article deals with the role of the modern woman. It is a brief biographical depiction of a 3o year old woman, called Marie Ostermann, who has to claim her position within a men-dominated world. Her father is the owner of the company she works for. That’s why many people may think, this is exactly the reason why she got that job. But this is one of the daily problems and prejudices women nowadays have to cope with.
Women, being part of the public sphere, still seems to be regarded as “non-conform”, even in modern societies. “Non-conform” in this context means “not/unwillingly tolerated” by the recent culture of the society. But why? The reason for this goes back to even ancient times, where women were considered to occupy the domestic sphere, i.e. taking care of children and doing the household. Men were the responsible ones for feeding the family by earning money (public sphere).
During times of emancipation, this role allocation changes: There are many women who maintain the domestic AND the public sphere or men, which raise children, while their wives earn the money. The second variety is frequently one aspect men don’t want to identify with, because in many societies this is still seen as something female and no (real) man wants to be associated with any female features.
Marie, being the female boss of many men within a big company, definitely shows how gender related behaviour and positions have changed during the last centuries. Women are allowed to chose their own sphere. Men may accept that or not. Fact is, as long as she’s the boss, male opinions and decisions will always depend on her female(!) consent.