The Importance Of The Gender Gap

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The gender gap is a commonly debated issue, is it real, is it fake? In the STEM fields, it is all too real. As women in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields are fewer than their male counterparts. The gender gap can be broken down into rhetorical analysis concepts such as ethos and logos. Ethos (ethics) is easily exhibited through unequal opportunities while logos (logic) can be demonstrated by data presented in studies. Gender bias is not as talked about as it should be, but rather we focus on race and ethnicity bias more. As a result, gender is often overlooked as a minority classification; however, it is included in the civil rights amendment making it a possibility of discrimination. Thus, bias stems from institutional discrimination, which is when the customary way of doing things, prevailing attitudes and expectations, and expected structural arrangements work to the disadvantage of some groups (Eitzen 195). This, as a result, has discouraged many women from challenging these discriminatory ideas, especially in the STEM fields. More often than not women in these fields do not hold the same prestige positions as their male counterparts, as well as experiencing a lower pay for the same amount of work.
In the article, “Blue Blazar Club: Masculine Hegemony in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Fields,” written by Melanie Page and her peers, it discusses that even though more women are increasingly becoming equal to men in educational attainment, the field of STEM still has a long way to go. The writers’ credibility is important to note when in reference to rhetorical appeal and to support their knowledge on this topic it is important to investigate their credentials. In this case, the study was conducted by faculty of Oklahoma University, leading the reader to trust their opinions, as they are expected to be up to date on their knowledge as well as high degree holding individuals. In particular, the article examines the skewed ideals feminism in the workplace. Hochschild noted that when reevaluating an essay, she had written thirty years prior, that not much had changed in the fundamental structure and expectations that govern academia (Page 6). “She reflected ‘American culture
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