Gender Discrimination : The For Equal Work, Poorer Performance, And An Overall Decay Of Wellbeing

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Contrary to popular belief gender discrimination still leaves an indelible mark on the lives of many to this day. Throughout history many humans have faced discrimination due to their affiliation with a group that is seen as lesser in the eyes of the majority. One of the most rudimentary classifications such as sex, a mere coincidence of the ultimate race, can be the determinant of someone’s fate in regards to life-long prosperity regardless of their talents or skills. Discrimination is deeply rooted in a society that is reluctant to acknowledge the issue. The systematic use of gender as a factor in determining the profession one would be best suited for creates pressure on that individual that would not otherwise be present. The results are differences in pay for equal work, poorer performance, and an overall decay of wellbeing. Gender discrimination affects us all.
Alesina, Alberto, Paola Giuliano, and Nathan Nunn. “On the Origins of Gender Roles: Women and the Plough*.” Quarterly Journal of Economics 128.2 (2013): 469–530. Print.
The source entitled, “On the Origins of Gender Roles: Women and the Plough*” examines the “historical origins of existing cross-cultural differences in beliefs and values regarding the appropriate role of women in society.” (Alesina et al. 469). The researchers specifically isolate the use of the plough in agricultural practices and the influence that its use on the division of labor between genders and the evolution of the norms into each…

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