Gender Stratification Essay

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According to Helsin, Possamai and Possamai-Inesedy (2011 p. 625) gender stratification occurs when a specific gender has unequal access to power, property and prestige. As gender is classed as a master status it forms a significant structural characteristic within society (Helsin, Possamai & Possamai-Inesedy 2011, p. 310). Therefore, it is society, through social construction that determines what gender norms are considered appropriate and can be passed through generations of people via agents of socialisation such as family, mass media or in the form of symbolic interaction (Macionis & Plummer 1997, pp. 139-141). Due to the significance of gender in society, this paper examines gender social issues against the three P’s of Max Weber’s…show more content…
As their behaviour is the norm, is functional, promotes compliance and promotes solidarity and stability, similar to that of an ecosystem (Macionis & Plummer 1997, p. 27). As a result, gender inequalities can be perceived differently in private verses publicly. Results Evidence 1 Table 1 outlines the number of Australians who received an inheritance and is split according to gender. It displays that women are not receiving inheritances during the crucial age that they (see boxed area) are seeking property ownership, and establishing careers. Evidence 2 Furthermore, there appears to be a lack of women in leadership and decision making roles which is demonstrated by a study conducted by Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC). They discovered that during 2006 to 2007, no women in rural organisations held Chief Executive Officer positions, and under 16 per cent of the members were women (Sheridan & McKenzie 2009, p. 13). Evidence 3 Further inequality is outlined in Table 2, which shows that women in professional and manager positions are unemployed at higher rates compared to men. However, it also display that women achieve higher rates of employment in education and health care positions. This is consistent with the ‘soft roles’ that women in rural agriculture are generally employed in, highlighted in pink. Table 2 - Employed and underemployed Australian Labour Statistics per gender, October 2011 Employed
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