Consequences Of Gender Inequality

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The overall idea of inequality lies within various forms such as racial, class, and social stratification. However, out of the many; gender and sexuality stratification is the central type that promotes an imbalance in the United States. Arguably, gender can be one of the first attributes that an individual may be evaluated, judged upon, or discriminated for. Subsequently, through this form of stratification, there are resource inequalities that prevail in the disproportional distribution of resources such as job opportunities and compensation. When discussing these resources, it is also crucial to talk about mechanisms such as overwork, intersection of gender and family, and cultural beliefs about the ideal worker promotes inequality on the …show more content…
Correll and Stephen Benard 's (2007) “Getting a Job: Is There a Motherhood Penalty?”, the contributors study motherhood bias and find that mothers were “less hirable” and earned less of an income or salary. Employers preferred women who were childless because they embodied commitment and engagement in their work (Correll & Benard 2007). The intersection of gender and family perpetuates extreme inequalities for women and men in this case. Mothers are simply ignored when seeking jobs or earn less simply because their employers believe they could not possibly juggle and balance work and family life. The idea that women must cater to their family is reinforced in this article. It seems unfair that women are only expected to fulfill one status at a time and presumably not have the ability to balance their life. The findings also pose some inequality in family life where women are believed to be more involved in care for their children than men. Although, families need financial support to achieve mobility in life, it should also be important to address the obvious; the fact that both the mother and father were responsible for the child and they should have similar roles in raising their children. Mothers should not be the only ones to be expected to devote their time and efforts to their kids, it it be equally distributed to both parents. Furthermore, although I agree with these findings, I would also assert that reverse gender roles are seen in a …show more content…
As mentioned, in Andras Tilcsik’s (2011) “Pride and Prejudice: Employment Discrimination against Openly Gay Men in the United States”, she was interested in looking at various ways hiring discrimination specifically against gay men occur. Through her research, the findings illustrated that gay men were 40% less likely to receive a call back after they applied for a job. Some employers had set expectations and definitions of traditional masculinity. Because of that they were more likely to discriminate individuals based on their sexuality (Tilcsik 2011). I do not find these results surprising because during the hiring process, employers look for people who are similar to them in various ways, they also have a list of what they want their candidate to embody. It then becomes a way in which cultural beliefs about the ideal worker perpetuate inequality in the work palace. Firms are seeking individuals who truly represents their company with ease, someone who can maximize profits for them through natural selling and during the hiring process, employers almost subconsciously seek out cultural similarities and when things do not align, that is when discrimination occurs. However, I would also like to address the possibility that discrimination may not occur during the hiring process. For example, through personal interaction with my peers

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