The Equality Gap Between Men And Women

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For decades, the equality gap between men and women in society has been debated, argued, and tossed around as an excuse to incite controversy—but are men and women equal? Of course, the issue is harshly divided and not easily discussed. More importantly, if they are not equal, will they ever be equal? One could even venture out into further controversy and ask, should they be equal? In this paper, I will argue that men and women are not equal based on evidence sourced from the current gender gap status in American society—furthermore, I will take a look at some of the ideas that our philosophical forefathers held about men and women in society and how those ideas may have shaped the way society looks at gender roles. Are Men and Women Equal in Society? Feminist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir, author of the notable text The Second Sex, once wrote “Legislators, priests, philosophers, and scientists have striven to show that the subordinate position of women is willed in heaven and advantageous on earth” (Beauvoir, 1949)—she fought for the oppression of women and argued that women who rebelled against the norms of society were ostracized by their peers. Like many other feminist activists of her time, Beauvoir believed that women and men were not equal partners within society; her analysis of this inequality sparked my interest in arguing this point. I believe that for decades, women have struggled to fight oppression aimed from every angle—from the very obvious wage gaps

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