The Role Of Gender Inequality In Education

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Wherever a social inequality appears, there is a social stratification. It reveals not only individual difference but also characteristics of entire society. It is normally distinguished as three social classes: the upper class, the middle class and the lower class, which ranks people typically based on factors like wealth, income, race, education, and power. In most societies, social stratification is primarily based on wealth and occupation, which have a direct correlation with education. In terms of functionalist theory, education contributes manifest and latent functions. Nowadays, colleges and graduate schools are regarded as guarantees for students to bring them the freedom in finance and the sense of security they seek(Pearce, 2015, …show more content…
Admittedly, gender and ethnicity are indispensable contributors to social stratification, however, when education bounds up with wealth and occupation, which two are appendants to education, the importance of education easily overweighs it of gender and ethnicity. Undeniably, social inequality consists in social stratification, and social class depends on gender inequality and ethnicity inequality to some extent. However, there are basic two ways to change unfavorable situation: education and marriage. People can have upward social mobility by occupation based on education regardless of gender and ethnicity. Which means, women could marry the upper-class or have higher education to improve social status, and educated ethnic group deserve more opportunities to achieve upward social mobility. Wealth and occupations brought by education maximize opportunities to enter the higher class and stratifies people from the upper class to the lower class. All in all, gender and ethnicity are both factors of social stratification in the UK, however, education bounded with occupation and wealth stratifies people most clearly and …show more content…
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