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Just 20 years ago in most states a woman could not sign an apartment lease get a credit rating or apply for a loan unless her husband or a male relative agreed to share the responsibility Similarly a 1965 study found that fifty one percent of men though women were temperamentally unfit for management There can be no doubt that we have progressed a long way from these ideas in the last three decades However it is also unquestionable that women in the work force are still discriminated against sexually harassed paid less than men and suffer from occupational sex segregation and fears of failure as well as fears of success We will address all of these concerns in this paper and look at some well-known court cases as illustrations Anyone who thinks sex discrimination is a thing of the past only has to ask Muriel Kraszewski or Ann Hopkings to learn differently Muriel Kraszewski worked for State Farm Insurance Company for twelve years and was the leading candidate for an important promotion She was denied the promotion because her employers said she had no college degree and was too much under the control of her husband Kraszewski sued the company and won her case after a nine year battle in late January 1988 She was given what may be the largest sex-bias award in history up to two hundreds of millions for 1113 other female State Farm employees with similar complaints and 433000 for Kraszewski her-self Ann Hopkings was one of Price Waterhouses top young executives She had the best record for getting and maintaining big accounts but when she came up for a partnership in 1982 she was denied because several male partners had evaluated her as too macho They advised her to walk talk and dress more femininely In response Hopkings quit the firm and filed suit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which forbids employers
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