Gender Inequality Still Exists Essay

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Gender Inequality Still Exists

Gender Inequality still exists


"Is there any difference between the education acquired by men and women in college?" My
answer to that question would be that although the "brick wall" ( Forum 1) in education
has been broken, we still have another, invisible barrier called the "glass ceiling." (
Forum 1) Most people would say that education has changed a great deal since women began
to attend institutions of higher learning. Is this completely true?

Women have undoubtedly made "Substantial educational progress." ( Women 3) We should not
forget that the large gaps between the education levels of women and men in the early
1970's essentially disappeared for the younger generation. Females on average outperform
males in reading and writing, and take more credits in academic subjects. They are more
likely than males to attend college after high school, and are as likely to graduate with
a post-secondary degree. All of these accomplishments have accumulated with time and
effort from women that have made a difference. It has taken years to get to where we are,
but how far have we really come?.

. Seventy percent of illiterate people throughout the world are females. That is a
shockingly large amount of women that suffer the consequences of social stratification.
Why are women given the role of the caretaker and not the scholar? Why are only ten
percent of women in the world holding some type of legislative seat? Throughout history
women have been brought up to be mothers and have been forced to practice staying home
taking care of their children. According to history, women have only begun their battle
with sexism.

About one hundred years ago women were still claimed as a man's property. They had no
right to vote, they could not be part of a jury and had no rights to property. Not too
long ago in the nineteen fifties women could not even own a credit card in their name.
Where are we today? Has it really improved very much? I don't think it has, women still
can't vote in some Arabic countries. Sexism affected the development and socioeconomic
improvement of women in the past. Today it is holding back bright futures for many young
women everywhere.

"The first women to enter this male-ordered campus were venturing into unmapped terrain."
(Sadker 229) Not only does gender inequality limit a woman's college education, it also
designs the pathway with which this woman will dedicate her time to. Even after acquiring
a degree that woman most likely will continue to be a victim of sexism in the workplace.
"Female college graduates earn, on average, salaries that are eighty percent of what their
male counterparts receive" (232) The glass ceiling does not allow women to reach higher
positions in their careers. At the same time this allows males with the same education to
have more power and prestige in the same company.

Even if a woman survives through a "male" oriented type of career and achieves the best in
this field of study there will always be sexism. In today's society females are raised to
be dainty and lady like, men on the other hand are raised to be strong and to never show
weakness. Since the beginning of their lives, children are socialized into playing a
certain role in society. Girls are dressed in pink and boys are dressed in blue this acts
as a form of identification. Everyone around them automatically assumes the child's
gender, thus affecting the way that people look at the child. Boys play with cars and
trucks and girls usually play with dolls. This is an example of something referred to as
socialization, which leads girls and boys to be raised with different beliefs. This is the
norm in most societies and it follows people throughout their lives.

Women were not considered physiologically equal to men. Male dominance came from a belief
that males were genetically predisposed to be aggressive. This is also the case for women,
because they were believed to have genes that made them nurturers. There are actual
theories that explained how women were drained of energy every month due to their
menstrual cycle, therefore making it difficult for them to attend college. If women did
enroll at a college or a university the majority would go into feminine fields of study,
for example nursing and education.

Studies show that girls and boys share an overwhelming number of characteristics. They
have the same capacity to succeed in reading, writing and mathematics. And until puberty
begins, they have similar physical development, so that coed teams before puberty would
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