Gender Discrimination Continues to Reflect in Wage Gap Essay

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Sex discrimination is still a major problem of today. In many different ways, women are deemed “lesser” than men, and one major example of this problem is the wage gap. Unfortunately, the wage gap still exists, and it is completely sickening. Many people disagree and say that the wage gap is non-existent, but that is far from the truth. The wage gap needs to close, because women don't deserve any less than men do.

I am currently on the path to earn a degree in Computer Science, which falls into the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field. After doing research, I discovered how different the annual earnings of men and women were. On average, the hourly income for men in STEM jobs is $36.34, while women in the same
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What really gets me about that is how Orem, Utah is commonly known as a Mormon city. Mormon's, as far as I've seen, seem to like having kids. Wouldn't you think the women should earn more to be able to fully support their children?

Another major issue concerning the wage gap that I have personally noticed, is how stereotypes are ingrained early. Going through school, countless people have mentioned how women are bad at math and science, and how it's the exact opposite for men. Young girls are led to believe that they will never be good at math and science, which eventually turns them away from STEM jobs. Because of that dumb stereotype, girls aren't living up to their full potential.

Out of all of the information about the wage gap, the part that bothers me the most is that in 1963, president John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, which aimed to stop sex discrimination in the workplace, which was supposed to close the wage gap. Although it was signed those many years ago, wage gaps are still a huge problem for women today. The “States Against Discrimination” Map (1) in the Penguin Atlas, even says that out of all of the countries in the world, the only one who has signed the treaty to stop discrimination (the Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women- CEDAW) is The United States, but it wasn't ratified so it's not technically bound to the treaty. According to the “Working for Wages” map (21), in

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