Inequality between different groups of people within the United States is concerning for many sociologists and society in general. One of the main inequalities throughout the United States is gender inequality. Gender inequity is found in all past and present societies. It takes the form of patriarchy. From the patriarchal point of view, gender inequality can be traced back to biological differences in early societies (“Steven Goldberg on Patriarchy” 2006). This inequality is present in society through many different forms, including job segregation, the gender pay gap, and a great difference in women’s political representation (Joan Acker, 1989).
As Quindlen states, "As Americans read..." that tells us right there that she is trying to reach all Americans. As for her purpose, with her references to the treatment of Afghanistan women I am lead to believe that she is trying to bring light to an existence of an example of women inequality in America. Looking at when it was published, only a couple of months after September 11th, it was perfect timing to throw in on this topic. The possibility of a draft was a reality or at the very least many believe it was a possibility. I would have to agree with her thesis, women should also be required to register for the military draft. I have come to stand against any type of inequality, whether it be (to name a few) race, gender, age, religious
The gender gap has been a continental divide in the American political arena for decades where differences in male and female voters and politicians has affected the efficacy of political action in the United States of America. Experts across the board have studied the gender gap and have concluded to many opinions about the gender gap and its condition and what it means to the United States of America. The polarization between the sexes has created a country divided and weak due to the widening of the gender gap.
In this society, men have more privileges than women in the workplace. It is true the world we live in today has many opportunities for women. Women can vote, have their own property, have jobs like men, etc. However, there is not much equality between men and women working. Women are often worse paid than men with few rights, which is one of many examples of gender bias. Gender bias is the unequal treatment between men and women in the employment area, based on their gender expectations. It turns out gender bias exists especially in the workplace. According to TechRepublic, unequal pay, diminished responsibilities, and positional bias are emphasized for women working.1 These examples of gender bias go back all the way to before when women’s rights were fought for. Women then had a basic education, they were generally married off by their parents, they had to take care of their children and the house, which their husbands owned, and they were not acknowledged of their hard work. That all began to change when the 1848 Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention triggered the beginning of the Women’s Rights Movement in the United States. Individualists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony have been devoted to the fight for women’s rights.2 Changing the unjust and unequal society was their purpose. Through petitions, meetings, and public speaking, they were able to achieve their purpose. Margaret Mead, an anthropologist said, “Never doubt that a small group of
For 91 years, the United States of America has become the sole superpower of the world by maintaining its global leadership and competitive position in both military and economic strength. As jobs and companies are being created around the world to improve their infrastructure and economy, the United States of America must also be willing to get back on its feet and continue to become the superpower it is. As the years continue, the future will be different with in advancements in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. For the United States of America according to a 2008 survey by USA Today states that only 26% of the people who were surveyed had a clear understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and the United States citizens ability in math, science, and problem solving has dropped below to
As time has progressed and colonization has evolved, gender in the United States has been constructed in a manner that is unknown in other countries. Our society has made different stereotypes for certain sexes. It is socially impossible to not make a collation between sex and gender in the United States. Women are viewed the same in the professional world and in the home life perspective. All roles played by women are considered to be inadequate or insignificant compared to men. Gender characteristics, such as masculinity and femininity, has become a cultural construct. Gender is a social construct that was designed to confine people to a certain title and cultural agenda.
Race relations in the United States may not be everything that it can be, but at least mainstream media knows better than to put blatantly racist headlines on the front of their papers or magazines. Even with freedom of speech and the press, restraint in the name of peace and civility is accepted practice in America. Other countries do not have to follow these standards, and sometimes we can be shocked at what shows up in the headlines around the world.
Growing up in the small town of Luverne which housed 4,000 people and a graduating high school class of 80 where my class-mates are not just primarily white, but almost 100 percent white I had a skewed view of the world. I didn’t question the system, I never questioned the dress code rules for girls in my school; I never questioned the sex education we received and I didn’t question the lack of female teachers and advisors of color. I was living in a bubble of ignorance. During my time in high school I knew I looked different from my classmates. They had blonde hair straight, blue eyes and skinny bodies. I had brown hair, brown eyes, and a fuller body. During my high school years, I did many things to try to push away my Hispanic culture and
There is supposed to be equal protection for everyone in the United States, but in reality, there isn’t. People who are minority and of color get targeted, because of their race, gender, and class, while wealthy white people are put on a pedal stool and hardly ever get in trouble by the law. In many case the wealthy are not arrested nor are they given a sentence for their wrongful doing, they are allowed to get away with murder (86). In the meantime, poor people are not given the same treatment and can be sentence to 15 years, 25 years, or life in prison for committing minor offense. The Social sphere is inequality that has increased, women who work the same hours as a man are looked down on because they are supposed to be at home with the
Tonight, over twenty million young women and girls living as slaves around the world will be beaten into compliance, sexually exploited into shame, smuggled across international borders, sold into the hands of men for less than the price of a dog, and driven further into a state of psychological damage that can only be inflicted by modern-day slavery. Where does your mind go when you hear the word slavery? You, and most Americans probably think about slavery from the 1800s involving strict southern plantation owners and sweat soaked cotton fields. As children, we were informed slavery in general was an issue put to rest a hundred and fifty years ago in the U.S., an issue we were fortunate enough to never to have to face. That could not have
I believe Patriarchy best explains the gender pay gap for many reasons.First of all when people think of a Patriarchal society, they think of the extreme tradition of women not allowed to work,vote,etc.Today Patriarchy does exist but its often manifests in casual ways that tend to go unnoticed by the majority of the population. But quiet enough to cause gender pay gap.
Inequalities are hard to escape from in today’s society, and all genders and identities have setbacks that need to be sought out and resolved. When most people hear about gender equality, they automatically assume that the speaker is talking about women’s rights, but both men and women have struggles that won’t just go away on their own. On top of that, transgendered people have another weight on their shoulders, no matter which gender they’re transitioning to. The world is constantly moving in different directions, and no matter the gender of an individual, the fact that they deserve the right to equal pay, treatment, education, visibility, and healthcare still stands.
Throughout history, gender inequality has been in the closet. The debate about inequality is a frequent topic in blogs, editorials, or when examined through scientific research. It is taboo, however, to discuss inequalities from within the closeted workplace. Open discussion is limited in a corporate culture that promotes individualism. It is not in a company's best interest to expose its own bias, especially when the bias concerns race or gender. Exposing bias is often met with employee dismissal and can escalate into corporate legal consequences. The idea of gender inequality is necessary to bring up in conversation so further research can be done on the issue and discussion can be open as to what is needed. Unfortunately, polarizing opinions can lead to workplace clashes with colleagues or managers. Gender wage disparities are complex and multi-generational. Historically, gender-based social behaviors institutionalize inequality in corporate cultures that are structured to promote individualism.
Gender has had a repeating effect on the choice of careers for people all throughout the United States. In history, it is taught that males dominated women in many careers, while women dominated males in only a few other minor positions. Males had an upper hand over women in engineering and in the military. One of the reasons males dominated was the idea of dominance over women has been passed down for centuries. It was never common for a women to be an engineer of a home or anything that wasn’t meant for women. Women only dominated in certain areas in the medical field because they were subjected to few positions. In the military, women were put down due their physical ability and laws set blocked many careers and positions in the military. Throughout history women have fought many laws to break gender inequality. And even up to now there are still some laws that prohibit women from doing specific jobs in their desired field.
The normal for an American girl is the same as the opposite sex. While young girls in America are preparing to start their education girls in places such as Zimbabwe are getting ready to take care of a family. Gender Inequalities are the so called normal in Zimbabwe, Not all countries are as fortunate as the United States. The difference between the two is unbelievable; education is something we take for granted. While for other countries it is a great privilege especially for girls if they are given the opportunity to attend. Some of the main ways girls are discriminated for is their religion, gender, skin color, and many other things. A Labor Reactions Act was introduced in 1985 stating that “no employer should discriminate