By: Denise N. Fyffe.
Copyright © 2014, Denise N. Fyffe
Plato in an argument that was remarkable for his time, took the position that women were not, by their sex alone, unqualified to be guardians of the republic. However, in the selection of guardian only those traits and competencies long associated with male public leadership were sought. Plato held that some highly talented women could develop these traits and competencies, but he scorned the traits and competencies usually identified with women. To become a guardian, a woman had to become like a man (Barrows, 1988).
We believe that the capability to work is not dependent on one’s gender. We believe that there are great women in and before our time that have impacted and changed our economy and our nation. We believe that one’s gender does not handicap you from performing and attaining excellence in the work place, however, we do acknowledge that it is the discriminatory ideals, practices and prejudices that impede any person of any educational background or gender from attaining their potential and creating positive influence and change in work.
Education and gender has had a positive impact on work. Without education no man or woman would be competent and capable to perform his or her assigned task efficiently. Without education we would still subscribe to those old ideals and policies that governed us, and not break the mould and charter new frontiers. One’s education, or lack of such, and gender should not be a deterrent in practising excellence, however, education is a like a masons tool which helps him to get the job done right. According to Myaskovsky (2005) quoting Savoie, (1998), ‘Organizations increasingly rely on collaborative work groups and teams to help them succeed. Typically, these groups are diverse, comprised of men and women from different cultural, ethnic, and educational backgrounds.
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