One way Harper Lee develops gender inequity through stereotypes is through Scout’s experiences with the women in Maycomb. Scout is laughed at for wearing pants under her dress. Scout prefers pants over dresses because she’s a tomboy and can be more active in “britches.” On Sunday, Scout dressed up, but still had pants under her dress. When Scout is at the gathering with the women, Miss Maudie says, “‘You’re mighty dressed up, Miss Jean Louise,’ she said. ‘Where are your britches today?’ ‘Under my dress.’ I hadn’t meant to be funny, but the ladies laughed. My cheeks grew hot as I realized my mistake” (Lee 307). Because Scout is laughed at for wearing pants and not for something she thought was funny, she feels singled out and degraded. The ladies of Maycomb laughed at her because she had done somet...
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... differently than men. While women have come a long way in terms of equality, discrimination and the wage gap still exists. Women are sometimes treated like objects today. The gender equality issue has been part of our political discourse for years. Scout and girls today are taught about the importance of being a “lady” and being “girly”. Girls today face some of the same pressures as in the 30s such as the pressure to be perfectly beautiful and flawless. Stereotyping women is as prevalent today as in Scout’s time. This topic not only matters to women, but to men too. Although women should be worried about their own equality, men should be equally concerned. They are the people allowing and authorizing the inequity to continue. To Kill a Mockingbird brings to light the issue of gender inequity and encourages women to act without being concerned about other’s opinions.
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