Gender Inequality In Canada

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To What Degree are Sexism and Gender Discrimination a Significant Problem in Canada?
Article Summary
In the article, “Women in Harperland: A Critical Look at Gender Inequality in Canada Since 2006”, Brianna Strumm takes an in-depth look at gender prejudice throughout Canada since Stephen Harper, past Conservative Prime Minister was elected into Canada’s government in 2006. The Author expresses her concern by distinctively listing the many lacks of Harpers involvement in gender inequality through the wage gap, investments in social infrastructure and the disturbing amount of violence towards women.
In a study conducted during 2010, it was founded that 9.3% of women in Canada (18 or older) were living in poverty, whereas only 8.7% of men were
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Canada still faces the issue of sexism; be it in youth, adults or seniors. Looking at this subject at a sociological view, gender stratification falls under social conflict; to split society into a way that benefits a few at the expense of many. Women are stereotypically pushed at the expense of the society; compared to men, women are the minority. Saying that, male dominance in the public is regarded as patriarchy, which was very popular in Canada’s past. Before 1919, women in Canada did not have the human right to vote (“Women Get the Vote 1916-1919”, (n.d)). With the effort of inspirational women in suffrage groups who rebelled again gender stratification, the Canadian government views women as an equal under the charter of human rights and freedoms. Sadly, Canadian society does not view women as equals which is not unheard of. Society considers females as a lesser, and it is believed by far too many. Women avoid masculine jobs avoiding to be considered less feminine, as if femininity is required. Sexism lowers women’s self-esteem and …show more content…
The article is titled “Rio 2016: Female Olympians face sexism in media” depicting how the Olympian women even faced sexism in Canadian media with stereotypical terms. These incredible women won five medals for Canada but yet, media depicts them as girls, their appearances or the men they are involved with. This issue does not only concern Canada however; it was happening all over the world. For example, NBC credited Hungarian swimmer and gold medal winner Katinka Hosszu 's husband for her winning a gold medal by the camera panning over to her husband and exclaiming he was the man responsible for her achievement. Sexism when broadcasting female in sports has always occurred, stating a language research project manager at Cambridge University Press, Sarah Grieves. Grieves notes that within media when concerning women in sports, age and their marital status is mentioned quite often in sports history. Thankfully, Canada abrupted with irritation when the witnessed the narrow-mindedness of the media when recognizing the women for their accomplishments. CBC listed the many “tweets” that defended these Olympians, such as “Katie Ledecky broke her own World Record in #Rio2016. And yet, a headline calls her 'female Michael Phelps. ' #EverydaySexism #fem” tweeted by Roxanne

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