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FC: Gender Inequality

1: Gender inequality exists around the world. Gender inequality is the unequal perception or treatment of individuals based on gender. Globally, gender inequality is seen in various social structures, occupational situations, and education. Gender inequality stems from distinctions made between the genders whether on a social or empirical level.

3: One possible cause of gender inequality in the United States is cultural stereotypes that are instilled at an early age in both sexes. These stereotypes are traditional perceptions and expectations placed on both men and women in American society. Historically, women have been viewed as nurturers and have been designated to careers which enhance this trait. Men have typically been seen as “breadwinners” and have been more economically valued and paid higher wages because of this. Pay gaps based on gender persist around the world.

4: In the U.S., womens participation in the labor force climbed rapidly in the 1970’s and 1980’s, and since 1979 equality in pay has improved. Even with this progress, women still only earn 81 percent of what a man earns. Around a century ago, womens liberation movements began exploding in the Western world. Since then there has been many victories toward gender equality. Traditional gender roles have been challenged and women have found a more powerful place in both the social and occupational world. Despite all these victories toward gender equality, men continue to dominate most labor hierarchy systems and still earn more pay than women do.

7: In terms of Gender Inequality, the conflict and feminist theoretical perspectives believe that inequality exists because it benefits a group in power. And the group that has the power has the power to shape society. In most societies, the group that holds this power is men. In many societies around the globe, patriarchy exists. Patriarchy is a system where men are dominate over women. In a patriarchal, capitalistic society such as the United States, men are often rewarded with more prestige and greater authority. In the occupational world, men are also rewarded with higher wages.

8: In American society, we have slowly began to see the gap in power and compensation begin to close between the genders. Women currently make up 57 percent of all college students and more women are aspiring to go to college right now than at any other point in our history. Historical ideals held about gender distinction and the promotion of traditional gender roles and stereotypes are diminishing. In recent years, we have made great strides toward gender equality in our society. Many people believe that it is possible for gender inequality to disappear in our world, and I am one of those people who believe that it can.

9: I believe in order to fix the global problem of gender inequality we need to continue to fight for equality. We need to change our attitudes, perceptions, and stereotypes based on gender. I believe we need to begin to truly treat people based on their character and not by anything else, including their gender. I think divisions, distinctions, and gaps between the genders only further pushes us apart from each other. I am hoping we continue to progress towards equality for everyone.

10: PHOTO SOURCES 1.Technicians using microscope in clinic laboratory CreativeComet 42-43445299 2. Portrait of a firefighter a judge and a police officer Creative Image Source 42-21249249 3. Firefighter With Ax CreativeComet 62921 4. Woman wearing managers badge CreativeComet 42-35263533 5. Young Men and Women Sitting Face to Face CreativeCardinal 42-18208268 6. Man And Woman With Unequal Ladders (RM) 60363-11 7. A group of young German adults dance in a field, ca. 1938 HistoricalRetro 42-42894678 January 14, 2013

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