How have the ideas around Gender Inequality changed in recent decades in the UK.
Gender Inequality refers to the unequal and unjust treatment of individuals as a result of their gender. An ongoing social problem, gender inequality has been present in society for a multitude of years and has largely been practiced towards women around the world effecting different aspects of life.
The aim of this project is to discuss how the ideas of gender inequality have evolved in recent decades in the UK. To achieve this, I will first give a historical insight into gender inequality, identifying the roles and expectations of women and men in society during this period. I will then identify the different forms of inequalities experienced by the
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For years the assumption of gender inequality being a biologically construct phenomenon has been accepted by scholars and researchers. The work of Goldberg (1993), suggested that the male hormones was the driving force for male dominance and female hormones created a nurturing instinct in women. However Marx and Engels (1848) dismissed the notion that male dominance was a biological construct, arguing that women’s oppression is a socially construct rather than a biological construct that emerged as a result of the development of the class society. Marx and Engels provide a materialistic analysis of the oppression of women. The idea of women as inferior came from societies that were divided into class sectors, as one set of people control the labor of others and enjoy the wealth and power as a result. Engels (1884) draws on the works of Marx employing the concept of class in describing the position of the genders in the family. For Engels, the man in the family takes the position of the bourgeois while the woman is the proletarian. Engel’s explains the man’s obligation to work as a means of supporting his family puts him in a higher position over the woman who does not generate financial income to support her family and is then subject to “domestic slavery” as a result of this arrangement. Marxists scholars argue that women’s oppression is not eternal and