What Is Gender Inequality?

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“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men” (Steinem). We live on the planet Earth, and it is nowhere near perfect. Everyday people die from hunger, abuse and wars. We can see the sin and imperfectness all around us and never really do something about it; we just label it as “an injustice.” Gender inequality is a big problem in every corner of the world, not only in the United States. In the United States we see inequality in small but impactive ways such as unequal pay and unequal job opportunities. But here the women are seen as lucky for in third world countries women are facing all types of violence, domestic and public, and it seems as if there is no hope for them. On top of that girls are not …show more content…
There are things like the pay gap, low political representation and unequal job opportunities. The pay gap is the difference in men’s and women’s median earnings. In 2014 the median for the annual earnings between women and men that are working full time was around $39,621 to $50,383. To find the pay gap you take the men’s median earning and subtract the women’s median earing from than. Then you divide that by the men’s median earrings. In 2014 the pay gap was 21%, but in 2015 the gap went down to 19%, all according to the U.S Department of Labor. In almost every line of work, women have to deal with a pay gap (AAUW). Not only do normal citizens have to deal with the pay gap, but so do female celebrities. In the movie American Hustle that lead female roles, Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams, only received 7% of the profit. Meanwhile the male actors got 9%. Along with the pay gap there is unequal job opportunities, in Hollywood women are less likely to be the main character, which mean smaller paychecks (Alter). A research conducted at Lawrence University found out that men are usually hired for “masculine jobs” such as sales management; meanwhile women are hired to do simple jobs like receptionists of secretaries (Glick, Zion and Nelson). This is not the only problem the United States faces, but corporations such as United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Women are …show more content…
Traffickers most commonly target women and girls because they are affected by poverty and discrimination, because of that they don’t have the same access as men do to employment, educational opportunities and other resources (Trafficking in Women). Not only is trafficking problem but so is violence and abuse. In 2014 85% of the domestic violence cases in the United States affected women. Many women have been held captive by domestic violence, it could be physical abuse, financial abuse, or emotional abuse; sometimes a combination of all three. But it does not end there, about 15% of the domestic violence victims are men (Vagianos). When people think of feminism, they usually think that it is all about empowering women, and it is, but men are being held up to unjust standards and something has to be

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