Gender Equality And Gender Inequality

2137 Words Feb 15th, 2015 9 Pages
Historically, women have always been seen as the subordinate gender. Considered weaker, more emotional, and less intelligent or capable than their male counterparts, women have been trying for decades to overcome adversity and get to a point where they can be taken seriously in a patriarchal world. Though progress has been made, there is still a long way to go until true gender equality is established. In America today, women are still predominantly seen in professions that have been traditionally considered “women’s work” – nursing, secretarial work, and teaching, to name a few. This career segregation is not the only cause of concern in regards to gender inequality in the workplace. The wage gap has been a big area of concern in the fight toward gender equality. In 2008, women were only earning 77% of what men earned, though they had the same levels of education and workplace experience. In 2011, this gap did decrease to 71% (Anderson, 2011, p. 112). This gap may be due to certain social myths that obscure women’s work, including the notions that women with children cannot possibly work as hard as men, that affirmative action allows women to steal men’s jobs, and that women’s work is not as valuable as men’s. These myths have come about as women’s work transformed throughout history. The 17th and 18th centuries saw what is known as a family-based economy, where the household was the basic unit of the economy. Farms, plantations, and haciendas provided most of a family’s…
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