The question to be looked at is ‘What does it mean to be a woman?’Although there has been some progress in the past 30 years, particularly in women’s education and employment equality, there are still many inequalities and also more inconspicuous issues affecting the women of today including domestic violence and rape and sexual abuse and I would like to look further into this. So, what does it mean to be female in today’s society? Though there has been some improvement in gender equality, women are still oppressed. Today’s women earn one-tenth of the worlds income, occupy only 18% of seats in the worlds parliaments, comprise two-thirds of the exploited informal workforce, and for women aged 15-44 gender violence accounts for more deaths and disability than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war (World Health Organisation 2005). Studies show women are paid less even when doing the same job with the same experience as their male counterparts
Males bring in higher incomes than females do. Not only will gender affect your income, but also ethnicity, or the ethnic group that you belong to, may affect your household income. A social science research done by Fernandez and Mors, was a research where they wanted to show and let their readers know that there is a huge sex segregation in employment which affects the types of jobs, income, and hours one sex gets. “ 7.5 percent of the pool of candidates for salaried jobs are female; the corresponding percentage for males is almost double that rate at 14.3 percent.” This statement clearly shows that there are a lot more men in the salary jobs than women, which affects the income. Because there are a lot more men in the more “stable” salary jobs, women do not nearly make as much money as men do.
Fenjy Duval Not only do we wage wars with other countries against money, allegedly the same things can be found happening with genders. The infamous gender wage gap, although precedent throughout all time, our era of revelations has pin pointed more focus on it than ever before. The gender wage gap has increasingly improved throughout time, yet the numbers are still quite staggering. Katie Johnston, staff member at the Boston Globe, writes, “Hispanic women who clean offices and houses for a living make just 54 cents on the dollar compared with what male janitors make. Compared with their Hispanic male counterparts, Latina cleaners make just 59 percent.” This instance is only one of many that occur throughout all tiers of the economic agenda.
Death rates from all cancers has fallen twice as fast for men than women. Therefore meaning that health is very unequal for both gender’s. Gender stereotypes have a huge impact in the equalness of men and women, As women are sometimes still seen as the primary carers of children. Women’s jobs are usually associated with the 4 C’s, caring, cleaning, catering and cash registers. Women are often stereotyped into certain jobs and out of others yet they make up more than 50% of the workforce.
Women have come a long way in American society. Women have always been discriminated against, in both a sociological and political point of view, and it can still be seen happening today’s society, but to a lesser extent than before. The “glass ceiling effect” is one of the major ways we can see discrimination against women in the American society today; the glass ceiling is a barrier preventing further advancements and promotions in a profession, generally against women and minorities. Women are generally stuck at a low level position in their occupation and must overcome discriminatory barriers when trying to get a promotion. Men have dominated the top level jobs, as most CEO’s and upper management are men, while women are stuck on the lower
The Depression hit women, like other minority groups in American society, similarly harsh because of that payrolls of many communities and private companies were open only to males. The main role of women during the Great Depression was that of the homemaker. Some women had gone through college level education and, like their male counterparts, were having a difficult time of finding employment. Those with families had the task of keeping their family together, as the traditional view of motherhood role, when the principle moneymaker of the family was out of work. However, some women joined the work force and would do jobs that men previously had held.
Bullying because of being a LGBT is still a huge problem in the United States. Women have fought against unfair pay in the workplace since the 1960’s and they have made progress. Right now they are still behind the men, but within a generation, women are expected to outearn men. Hispanics have also faced discrimination in their employment. They have made some progress, however, it is still an issue at large today.
Women During the 1920’s Sheena Mang HIS 204 Darrell Rice August 19, 2011 Women During the 1920’s Most women today in our country have the same rights as any man, at the same time there are other countries where women are still being treated differently because of their gender. Thankfully this country is not like that, anymore. There once was a time where women where treated differently, just because they where women. With time and a lot of hard work of some dedicated women, things did change. While women once had few life options beyond isolation in the domestic sphere, some historical developments presented new opportunities for women in society such as their duties, education, work, voice and even dress.
(5)Earning power has been and is much more a cultural goal for men than for women (though this workplace gender preference does seem to be changing). (6)Entrepreneurial women in fields such as private-practice psychotherapist will, on the average, choose to charge less and thus make less than their male counterparts. African-Americans have often chosen workplace occupations with dreadful unemployment rates such as musicians, artists, actors, basketball players (there are thousands attempting to fit in a few hundred slots), etc. This is rapidly changing now, for many new black lawyers, engineers and business majors are emerging from schools. Great!
The United States of America has had a long history of an inequality of payment between men and women, even in the current year women are still sometimes paid less than a man is even if they are performing in the same job. However, there are multiple factors that result in this “pay gap”. It is not solely based on gender discrimination as paying a women less than a man and a man less than a woman just because of their gender is a federal crime which is punishable the employer having to either pay a large fine, damages, termination of right of action and even imprisonment. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 can be defined as: “It is required that employees be given equal pay for equal work regardless of sex. In other words, it is illegal for employers to pay women less than men for the same work or for men to be paid less than women for the same work” – Refer to Sources F & G. It is by law, Illegal for an employer to pay a woman less than a man simply because she is a woman.