For this assignment, I have chosen to write on the topic about Sexism. I chose this
specific topic because for me I feel like Sexism remain a huge problem based on todays modern
society and throughout the world. According to Chaudoir and Quinn (2010), structures of
patriarchy, in almost every culture, are designed to maintain womens lower status in relation to
men (Hays & Erford, 2018, pg. 141). There is still a lot of barriers and prejudice placed amongst
women today. For example, there continues to be an occurring struggle for women to be
respected and become equals with men. Today women are still fighting for equal pay, as well as
equal employment and educational opportunities, and violence against them. It is especially
difficult for a woman of color to be in a competitive workplace or to even be considered for a
promotion at that workplace with colleagues who are mostly white and men. Yet, gets looked
passed at because of the color of her skin or even whats between her legs; even when she may
have an advanced college degree. Alice Walker (1983) coins a term, called Womanism, that can
be used as a theoretical framework to address the intersections of identity for women of color.
Walker considered social change perspective that is rooted in African-American womens
everyday experiences (Hays & Erford, 2018, pg. 143).
Counselors must be aware of their attitudes and beliefs about women and men. The ACA
(2014) which is the code of ethics states that counselors have an ethical responsibility to
continually educate themselves and to become continually competent practitioners (Hays &
Erford, 2018, pg. 150). When addressing Sexism in Multicultural Counseling, counselors must
have an ethical responsibility not to partake in any discrimination, they must also be aware of
how their race/ethnicity, gender, age, class status and sexual orientation affects the counseling
relationship. But when working with a client of color, counselors should integrate ethnic, gender,
and sexual orientation identities to achieve maximum wellness. Discrimination in the guise of
referring women clients is unethical (pg. 150).
Hays, D. G., & Erford, B. T. (2018). Developing multicultural counseling competence: A
systems approach (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.