The Impact Of Gender Discrimination On Women 's Suffrage Movement

1517 Words Nov 14th, 2016 7 Pages
The twenty-first century has brought justice to many social injustices that plague our world. Among these are the injustices seen every day in gender discrimination. The late 1800’s saw the first signs of change for the status of women with the Women’s Suffrage Movement; women had no say in national politics and their opinions were unheard because they did not have any rights. This movement was the first step to change in the battle for equality lasting over 100 years. Since then women have slowly gained more rights, however there is still a long way to go in order to fully change the gender stereotypes and treatment of women. Some of the issues in gender discrimination seen today include unfair payment in the work world and hindered opportunities for women in male dominant fields.
Some of the mechanisms behind the gender discrimination conflict can be seen through Turner and Tajfel’s Social Identity Theory. One of the main elements of this theory is the presence of ingroup bias; it is said that this ingroup bias supports a positive self-concept, feeds favoritism, and fosters outgroup disliking. People often identify their positive self-image with the self-image of their ingroup (DiDonato & others, 2011). So when our ingroup has been successful we often feel a sense of pride, and our identity for our ingroup is strengthened. For this reason men and women are often segregated because the feeling of pride and ingroup identity is strengthened when a fellow man or woman…

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