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Gender and Power in the Workplace This paper is an analysis of contemporary issues associated with gender and power in the workplace which will specifically include a discussion of gender relations stereotyping womens identity the structuring of formal and informal power sources of inequality and sexual harassment The concept of gender in relation to the division of labor in the workplace and in relation to issues of power and control is an unfortunate groundless stereotype Suzanne Tallichet notes that the gendered division of workplace labor is rooted in erroneous ideology of innate sex differences in traits and abilities and operates through various control mechanisms Tallichet 1995 698 These control mechanisms are primarily exercised by men over women and serve to exaggerate differences between the sexes especially surrounding womens presumed incapability for doing male identified work Tallichet notes that most forms of workplace control take the form of harassment sexual bribery and gender based jokes and comments and profanity which passively but succinctly make gender differences a salient aspect of work relations Tallichet 1995 698-699 Jan Grant and Paige Porter 1994 150 add the ideology of the gendered logic of accumulation to the discussion of gender in the workplace which notes that men in Western societies have traditionally acquired and maintained the bulk of wealth in society These traditional roles and consequently womens identities have been formed and maintained by the workplace therefore understanding any gendered differences in labor requires an examination in this light Grant and Porter remind the researcher that the concepts of male and female are not independent relationships of the workplace but have been strongly influenced and determined by the relationships of male and female in society at large Unfortunately the gendered division of labor has maintained its origins in the home while reproducing
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