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In the work place and in sport women are seen as second class citizens who often have to work twice as hard as a man for the same recognition, and may still earn less if anything! There are lots of types of jobs that women are under-represented in. Women still face a lot of sexual harassment in the workplace. Young women still get told they can’t play sports like football or rugby.

Aims:

· To raise awareness about Discrimination of women in the work place and in sport.

· To aid young people on the understanding of discrimination of women

· The importance of equality for men and women, in all aspects of life.

· Encourage young woman they are just as able as men.

Possible activities

Activity 1

· Get the young people to write down 5 different careers on post it notes.
· Write on 2 peices of flip chart paper ‘predominatly male jobs’ and ‘predominantly femal jobs’.
· Ask the young people to stick the post it notes, on the relevant bit of flip chart paper.

Key question for the facilitator to ask;

1) Are there any outstanding differences in number on each flip chart?
2) Discuss finding and why this might be the case.
3) Are there any similarities in jobs allocated to each flip chart, if so why.
4) From the discussion were there role expectations for women in the workplace.
5) Discuss why this might be the case.
- Issues that may arise may include large number of male jobs, females being allocated into ‘caring roles’ (see caring section for more information) lines of work, issues around capability in the workplace and unawareness of why the young people are led to allocate woman as less successful workers.
6) Discuss links between the answers found and the under expectation of women in the workplace.
Activity 2

· Get the young people to write down their 5 favourite sports on post it notes.
· Write on 2 peices of flip chart paper ‘predominatly male sport’ and ‘predominantly femal sport’.
· Allow the young people to put post it notes on the appropriate peice of Flip chart paper

Key question for the facilitator to ask;

1) Are there any outstanding differences in number on each flip chart?
2) Discuss finding and why this might be the case.
3) Are there any similarities in sports allocated to each flip chart, if so why.
4) From this discussion were there any role expectations for women in sport.
5) Discuss why this might be the case.
- Issues that may arise may include large number of male sports, females sporting potential being underestimated, issues around capability of women and some level of unawareness of why the young people are led to allocate woman as less successful at sport.
6) Discuss links between the answers found and the under expectation of women in the sport.

Activity 3

Ask the young people to research statistics on the internet concerning men and women in the work place and sport. Some statistics to look up:

· The amount of men in work compared to men
· The amount of men is sport compared to women,
· The differences in pay for male and female professions.

Results will show that there are a lot more men in work than woman and they earn more.

1) Discuss reasons for this may be the conflict women face in these professions due to their sexuality.
2) The underestimations of woman’s capability leads to de-motivation of women, low self esteem and people in the work place to create hostility to women in successful roles.
3) From this discussion highlight the importance of equality for women and men to ensure people are not undervalued and are able to perform to their full potential.

Activity 4

It is important to ensure the young women you are working with do not become de-motivated by the findings of the activities. Ensure they are open about how they feel and work with their new found knowledge to encourage them in the work place.

· Encouraging exercises may include more research into woman activist throughout history who fought for women’s rights.
· Discuss how awareness of issues of discrimination is important in ensuring it does not continue.

Other Activities
Invite a local woman from business or a sports team in to talk about her experiences/ how she got where she is

Ask young women to list 20 proffessions and to guess how many women compared to men work in these jobs.

Draw the outline of a man and a woman. Inside the outline write down all the sterotypical quailities the each gender.Call out a job and the group have to shout out which of the qualities make someone good at that type of job e.g. a nurse/ firefighter.

Questions
Why do women not get paid for being full time mothers?
Why do women still earn on average 17.5% less than men for doing the same job?
Why do women not get paid for professional football when men do? (and why is there not a professional paid netball league?)

For recent updates on what Rugby Leadue are doing for women in the sport see their website