Gender Discrimination In Society

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Gender is one of the ways that society differentiates between what is feminine and what is masculine. Gender roles are invisible barriers set by society to show what a female or male should look or act like. One could say that through these Gender roles, Gender discrimination was born. Throughout history, gender roles and gender discrimination have been documented. While most people consider gender discrimination to be a cause of the unequal treatment in the united states, gender discrimination is actually an effect caused by the gender roles that society creates. According to the Oxford dictionary Gender is defined as, “being either male or female” (oxford.com). “However, in 1965 Johns Hopkins University opened Americas first gender identity …show more content…
World War I began in 1914 and the gender roles around that time were, women stayed home, cooked, cleaned, and made babies. The men went to work and made the money. They perused intellectual social communications throughout the day and they were the money makers. While women were expected to be kind, patient, and nurturing; men were rather stoic and kept their emotions in check, they were the stern parent and often were the one who doled out the discipline in a family unit. When World War I started all the men were called off to war, leaving all the women to take up the slack left behind. It was at this time that unknowingly gender roles of this century were founded. “By 1918, three million new women workers were employed in food, textile, and war industries” (How women helped in world war I). Jobs that had previously been occupied by males had been shifted to the females left behind. Women who had been said to be weak were taking up jobs that the men themselves thought to be hard. Women were working in the mines as well as factories and helping to arm the men in the front by building the weapons back in America. They were proving to others and most importantly themselves, that they could handle the same work just as well as any man. Once the war was over men came back and took back their old jobs and women were told to go back into the kitchens. World War I had changed women and their opinions. The …show more content…
Men again had to leave and women were only to eager to take the jobs that were left behind. This time however women were not only content to be working in the factories and in the jobs left behind by men. Women wanted to prove that the gender role society had placed on them was wrong. Advertisements appeared with Rosie the Riveter on them all over the nation. Rosie “Rosie the Riveter was strong, serious, and competent. She symbolizes the vital importance of women workers to the defense position” (Bryant). Rosie showed not only women but anyone else looking at the posters that women were strong. Women played a bigger role in World War II. “Women pilots were recruited to assist the air transport command as civilian’s employees” (Bryant). All women that had been recruited helped pave a way for new outlooks on women’s gender roles. The growth of female gender roles grew exponentially during World War II. After the war the women were expected to go back to taking care of the home, however this time they put up far more resistance. Women had found their independence and they didn’t want to give it up. World War II gave women an opportunity to show society that the gender role they were born with was not

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