A Society Of Contradictions Of The American Dream Essay

1294 Words Oct 8th, 2015 6 Pages
A Society of Contradictions The American Dream is defined as the ideals of freedom, equality, and opportunity traditionally held to be available by every American. As an American myself, I can tell you that the land of the free is not as ideal as others make it out be. The United States is seen as the land of opportunity yet we deny people of their rights on a daily basis. Our society as a society of values is already being shown through my family. Since I am a first generation Muslim living in a post 9/11 nation, I can detect the discrimination against my parents because of their faith. Although America us a society of contradiction, we often struggle with issues such as gender, religious, and sexual orientation inequality. Gender inequality has been present in America for as long as America has been a nation itself. For a while, we have seen a constant pattern of men playing the “dominant” role in marriage, the workplace, education, etc. Women had only been granted the right to vote since 1920, and this right was granted to only a portion of women in some states. As stated in the declaration of independence, the statement “All men are created equal” is not a completely true statement in our modern society. For instance, pay equality and discrimination is a very evident problem, “In 2015, female full-time workers make only 79 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 21%.” (Institute for Women’s Policy Research) Not only do women get paid less than…

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