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SocioautobiographyA Student’s Socioautobiography: An Example
The first time I ever left my family to be independent was when I came to the U.S. I had family here but everything was still very new to me. I was unprepared, still very dependent, and it was the first time I had ever been away from my family. Thank God I still had someone who was willing to taking care of my tuition and living expenses. Leaving home at eighteen to go out on my own and start my own life, there were many things I wasn’t prepared for. I couldn’t afford to go to college, and even if I could, I really had no idea of what I wanted to do with my life anyway. My decision to go right into the work force was, at the time, a logical one. I figured I could find a job that would pay me well enough that I could afford to have all the things I never had growing up, and one that would enable me to move out of the welfare status I had been raised in.
Having been raised during an era when the rhetoric was all about women being equal to men in the workplace, I truly believed that I could do anything a man could do, and deserved to be paid the same for the same work. With this in mind, I found a job in a manufacturing plant where I was, it appeared, the “token” female employee. My fellow employees were all men, and I was placed in the uncomfortable position of having to prove that I not only could do the job, but was also “one of the guys.” Gender differences are more readily apparent in some workplaces than others. While there are the obvious physical differences and capabilities, there are also the differences in how each gender deals with perceived problems, whether it is pertaining to the job at hand, or the interaction with fellow employees. By being the only female in a male dominated workplace, I had numerous problems to overcome. The most prevalent one was sexual harassment. I felt that I was treated as an “object”, one that had been hired simply to provide enjoyment for the men. I had been at...