Gender Stratification Research Paper

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Karl Marx based his theory on economics as being the main qualification to place an individual in the stratification system. Marx’s theory placed individuals in an interesting way, he observed material possessions as key factors in societal life. He stratified individuals into two different groups “bourgeois, meaning that you owned the “means of production,” or to the proletariat, a class of workers who served the bourgeois.” (Marx & Engels, 1967). On the other hand Marx’s colleagues however had different theories. Max Weber thought of power and prestige as two subjects that places people in society, this added to Marx’s theory. Weber thought that power, wealth, and how high people think of you is what determines your rank in society. Weber …show more content…
Women are also paid less than men as well. Women have always taking second to men and are less likely to get promotions or raises. According to boundless.com “In the labor force, women are often relegated to lower status jobs, lower wages, and fewer promotions and raises than their male counterparts."(Boundless). Gender stratification is one of the most obvious criteria’s in society. Race is also a stratification of society. People are treated differently and placed in a lower class if they are not of a certain race. We are all aware of racism, I believe that racism has something to do with people of color not being thought as on the same level as those who are white. According to the Washington Post “The report showed that even after African Americans find work, they earn less than white men with the same level of education.”(Matre 2014) Throughout history we have always seen whites held higher than blacks. I think that our society is being conditioned to try and keep white superiority over everyone else. It is getting better slowly but surely. I do not believe that one race is better than the other, we should all be treated …show more content…
Women often become teachers, dentists, RN’s, Librarians and so many other things, the list I just provide you with are occupations that all require you to have a four year college degree for. Meaning that women have better education skills than men. Because they pursue the dreams of being successful as a women. Another good sign is that the percentages of women working in an executive office has increased. In 2009 the rate was 6.3% and in 2013 it was 8.1. Something that women have to deal with is being looked as not strong enough as men or they are not as qualified as men. Women have less bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees according to figure 8.12 in our book. This is another obvious stratification we see in our society. With women are classified by class depending on their salaries as well. Teachers, Liberians, and similar occupations are considered the working class. Women who are lawyers, nurses, and physical therapist are considered the upper middle class. The entrepreneurs are your capitalist/elite class their salaries are in the millions. These stratifications have always sorted women and men into their positions in

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