Why Is the Concept of the Level Playing Field so Important in Relation to Social Institutions? Give Examples of How Its Absence May Influence the Lives of Women.

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Tanya Koubaroulis S2916694 Why is the concept of the level playing field so important in relation to social institutions? Give examples of how its absence may influence the lives of women. Due Date 20 September 2013 The concept of a level playing field is where all players in spite of gender, race, or ethnicity, experience the same level of equality and opportunity, within social institutions, such as, employment, education and the law. (Gen 14 2013, p.8) Unfortunately this does not happen, women are under valued at work, are not treated equally whilst gaining their education and face old fashioned views when it comes to the law. Gender equality does not mean that men and women become equal, it means that they are entitled to have access to the same opportunities for education, employment, financial independence (UNFPA 2013), and that they share the responsibility for the home and child care. It is important to have a level playing field in relation to social institutions such as employment, law and education. As it is only then will women gain equality, the same treatment and rights that men get. It is more important for ethnic women and indigenous women as these demographic types suffer even more than the typical "western woman"(Gen 14 2013, p.13). Looks play a major part for these women as does the language barrier. Woman politicians also suffer greatly from not having a level playing field. This comes down to looks, family life and sexual orientation. There is no simple answer because gender inequity is deeply rooted in social and workforce customs, traditional divisions of labour and breadwinners, established family and marriage demographics, and a strong adherence to historical gender stereotypes. Employment is continuingly segregated according to gender, female 'work' is considered to be social, service sphere employment

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