Gender Assumptions of Men and Women in America Today

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Gender assumptions occur in America today for both men and women. This essay will focus primarily on biases in America, since other cultures may have very different approaches. Women, although viewed by many members of society as stronger today than just 20 years ago, are still thought of as “less than” men. Today, most positions of authority and power are held by men. There are issues today, such as sexual harassment and bullying that have become more mainstream topics, both politically and socially. Women have advanced socially and politically since the 1900’s. We have achieved many successes in the work place and on sports teams. The 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer championships became the most successful women’s sporting event ever. This caused incredible publicity for the sport, but also for women in sports. Even with this notoriety, women are historically paid much less than men performing the same skills. Men’s sports dominate media coverage, which some argue is the reason for their higher salaries. As we have seen in recent years, women’s soccer has received as much media coverage, as well as endorsements for their top players. Women’s US soccer players make about $25,000 to $85,000 per season, while the average is about $40,000. Professional soccer salaries for men are quite different. They range from $25,000 to $300,000 per player, while the average is $60,000 (although most players earn well above this amount). In the workplace, sexual harassment made it to the forefront of most companies in the early 1970’s. Since then, all companies have devised a Sexual Harassment Policy to which they must adhere to, legally. This does not mean that all sexual harassment claims are properly dealt with or that all victims file claims. This is one major gender difference in the workplace since men are typically the perpetrators and women are the usually the victims. In some cases, men also harass other men. Some perpetrators feel a sense of...
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