Gender Inequality Essay

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Running head: Gender Inequality in Education and the Workplace Gender Inequality Guadalupe Ramirez Allied American University Author Note This paper was prepared for SOC 135: Introduction to Sociology, Module 4 Homework Assignment taught by Pamela Collins. Gender inequality is the unequal treatment or perceptions of individuals based on their genders. Gender inequality is mostly seen in the workplace and in education. Gender inequality is seen in the workplace, education, and employment. There is a growth in the amount of woman who work outside of the home. In 1890 the ratio of woman of men working was one of five (Henslin, 2010, p. 316). In 1960 the ratio had changed and it was now one woman of three men (Henslin, 2010, p. 316). As of today the ratio is one of two (Henslin, 2010, p. 316). Even though today more women have joined the workforce and often do the same jobs as men, women get paid less. Women who get paid less in the workplace, despite doing the same job as a man, experience what is called the “pay gap”. The pay gap, also known as the “gender wage gap”, is the earning difference between a woman and man. Men earn an extra $1,356 a month or $650,000 a year between the ages of 25 and 65 (Henslin, 2010, p. 316). Now if the male is also a college graduate the pay gap will increase to $2,482 a month and total of $1,192,000 during their whole career (Henslin, 2010, p. 316). According to Henslin (2010) “The pay gap is so great that U.S. women who work full-time average only 72 percent of what men are paid” (p. 318). The pay gap isn’t just based of gender but also physical appearance plays a role. Not only does a tall male make more than a short male by $166,000 but tall women also make more than short women. But we go back to the gender inequality because taller men make more than taller women. Education plays a

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