Effect of Gender Inequality on Economic Status

1324 Words Feb 26th, 2018 5 Pages
Even though the United States and many other countries have made great strides in gender equality, men and women are still not equal. Although this problem is beginning to disappear in many countries, it was once much more significant. The United States, a country with one of the world’s smallest gender gaps, used to be one of its worst offenders. Prior to World War 2, women were rarely seen in the workforce with minor exceptions. As a result of the crisis, the men who traditionally held the labor jobs joined the war effort which left the women to support their families and the economy. During The Second World War, women played a key role in keeping the economy afloat and keeping the military supplied. Today, the United States is one of the countries getting closer to gender equality and all of those are reaping the benefits as some of the world’s greatest economies. Despite the progress, some countries such as Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia are still highly gender biased. This is made evident by the catastrophic assault suffered by Afghanistan women on their human rights during more than twenty years of war and the repressive rule of the Taliban . Coincidentally, despite the progress of the past few years, Afghanistan is extremely poor, landlocked, and highly dependent on foreign aid . This is simply a microcosm of the pattern that can be identified around the world. This pattern can be identified…
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