Women, who were often relegated to secondary roles across all industries, are now ruling their workplaces like bosses. They are taking over the world, now more than ever, but the question remains if that is enough.
Apart from concerns like freedom of the Press, objectivity and sensationalism, Meryl Streep’s latest movie, ‘The Post’ brought back the debate of sexism at the workplace. The issue of putting men and women on an equal pedestal is what you and I need to constantly talk about.
Meryl Streep – From ‘Devil Wears Prada’ To ‘The Post’
Meryl Streep is a consummate actor, and each role she essays leaves an indelible impact. After you watch her movies, what remains is the thought they provoke to open a dialogue about the concerns raised.
Whether it was ‘Devil Wears Prada’ or ‘The Post’, she perfectly showcased the two distinct types of female bosses who brought forward one common concern – men coming in their way to success. While the former one was about a lonely woman with a successful career and a failed marriage, the latter one is about a lonely woman trying to move above a diminishing career and a husband who committed suicide.
The funny thing here is that they are both lonely at the top. How often do you see a woman who has a balanced personal and professional life? Rarely, right? While Miranda Priestly from ‘Devil Wears Prada’ was poised, powerful and pompous, Katharine Graham from ‘The Post’ is meek, modest yet moving.
Both the female boss characters though, poles apart, break the set norms and prove their worth; which is exactly what happens in real life too. A woman who is successful is successful not just because she’s talented but because she tries a little harder to be heard and because she goes that extra mile to get noticed for her work.
Sexism At Workplace
It’s Friday afternoon, and some woman somewhere is giving a presentation where she will be questioned by a bunch of men, without even a single woman on the panel. How fair is that? Of course, we are moving forward, we are moving towards better workplace ethics for both men and women, but this movement needs to be more aggressive. Believe it or not, sexism at offices still exist and it’s annoying. People question a woman’s intelligence, a woman’s decision, and a woman’s commitment more than they question a man’s. And that’s exactly what Meryl Streep’s character taught us about female bosses. If you are a woman, you probably have to prove why you deserve a job over a man.
The Changing Scenario
Another example that we can pick from ‘The Post’ is when Katharine Graham makes a head-strong decision of publishing the Pentagon Papers, even though her all-male board members ask her to do otherwise. What a way to show who’s the boss, right? The movie is set in the 70s and after you watch it, you realise not much has changed in terms of how women are still treated in various industries.
The change that we have witnessed over the years though is about the increasing number of women striving to have a successful career and leaving men behind. Of course, it should be our foremost concern, but we need to aim for an ideal world where decision-making in industries is not just held on the shoulders of men, but women too. The concept of inclusion needs to be practiced so we don’t question women, more than what’s required. We need to create a space where both men and women have equal respect, roles and responsibilities at workplace.
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