Gender Discrimination: A Global Issue

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In 2012, women reported making only 77 cents compared to a man’s dollar. Also, it is reported that “thirty four percent of all male wage earners supervise other people, while only sixteen percent of all female wage earners are in a similar positions” (Wlodarski). This is one of the most common examples of gender discrimination. Gender discrimination, also known as sexism, is the unjust treatment of either males or females. The most common form of gender discrimination, as shown in the example above, is discrimination against women. The continuation of discrimination against women will be harmful to society considering it will be easy to fall back into old traditions. Gender is such a general trait that discrimination towards women could lead to discrimination of other traits, the discrimination can be responsible for negative internal feelings in women, and females are being discounted in terms of power and responsibility within the society, although they have proven successful.
Although gender discrimination against women is a global issue, there are those who believe it is not. Often people are under the impression that gender discrimination is not a valid argument because they see women as weaker (Goudreau). This is one of the biggest stereotypes about women. Females are often seen as weaker in the workforce because society is still “adjusting to women’s recent decision-making power” (Goudreau). According to Costa Rican President, Laura Chinchilla, “Women understand success not as the results of just one person but as the results of a team. It is a different way of dealing with power that is misunderstood as a kind of weakness.” Women in powerful positions often work more for the betterment of the team or the entire workplace r...

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