Essay on Race and Class Inequalties

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Inequality is experienced in various ways. Along with race and class inequalities, we have gender inequalities. What creates and maintains significant gender inequality when it comes to decision making? We could look back to1918; when Irish decision makers were made up solely of men. From 1919 to today we see a similar trend of gender inequality. It seems that when it comes to power and decision making, women take the back seat. We can argue that men and woman are naturally good at different things resulting to society creating this gender gap. Power and decision making belongs to men, although ministerial positions do not require physical strength or abilities that a woman would not have by nature, however woman are absent in taking …show more content…
Society seems to keep this tradition of values over time creating gender inequality when it comes to decision making and nurturing. Does this pattern over time keep consistent because having families and a career all at the same time is not possible? It could come down to woman’s nature that baring children and raising them is more fulfilling than taking up a position of power.

Gender inequality in positions of power and politics.
Looking at gender inequality in positions of power and politics we see a large proportion of decision makers being male. On the 9th of February 2010 the Irish newspaper Independent highlighted the lack of woman in high profile and front line decision making roles. Only 22 seats in the Dail were filled by woman, ranking Ireland 23rd in Europe for woman in parliament. Women fill 17% of council seats and 12% of positions in regional authorities, making up a third of posts on state boards. Ruling out that this gender gap was created due to higher population of men. Ireland had a unique position in Europe in 2008 was gender balanced, with one woman for every man. (http://www.independent.ie/breaking-news/irish-news/gender-inequality-rife-in-ireland-26630589.html). Ireland had identified this gender gap and as of July 2012 brought a gender quota that passed in the Dail. A 30% of party candidates in the next general election are to be made

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