Is Gender Equality Still a Mirage?
In today’s global society, it is apparent that gender inequality is still in existence in contemporary America. Helen Clark once said, “Any serious shift towards more sustainable societies has to include gender equality.” Societies have come a long way when it comes to women’s rights. In Countries like Sweden, Finland and Norway gender equality has emerged. While, countries in the Middle East and Asia still need to close as much as 50% of their gender gaps. Despite many national and international commitments, progress has been patchy in many large parts of the world. It has grown to have differences between men and women with greater emphasis of inequality on women. There is one set of standards that apply to men, and another set of standards that apply to women. This is evident in the home, workplace, and society in general. Throughout society gender equality and female empowerment can appear a distant mirage in contemporary America.
All over the world women face discrimination, violence, and many other injustices in all areas of life. It arises from differences in socially constructed gender roles, behaviors, and activities and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for men and women. Male dominance derived from the belief that males are genetically predisposed to be aggressive and women are believed to have genes that make them nurturers. Parents are the first to initiate gender roles to their children. At a very young age, girls are to wear pink and dress in pretty dresses and appear to be very delicate. Types of toys introduced to them are dolls, household appliances and stuffed animals. Boys are to wear blue and are introduced to toys that are useful towards a craft such as cars, tools and army gear. Our traditions, and our everyday lives, are full of examples of men in positions of authority over women. A baby is born and they are assigned the last name of their father. Girls are given chores to...
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