Gender Inequality

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Gender inequality is a topic that impacts many people, because everyone has to deal with it on a day to day basis. Gender inequality is the difference in status or power between men and women (DEF). It is a very broad topic that can range from inequality in the workplace, athletics, education, and in this instance, at home. In a broad outlook, there are three reasons for an inequal division of household labor: tradition gender ideologies, time availability, and the resources available (THREE). Inequality in the household encompasses many tasks that people take on at home once they completed their workday such as cleaning, cooking, and laundry. Many stereotypes associated with each gender will ultimately impact the roles each person takes on…show more content…
A lot of sociological theories propose that gender inequality is caused by the various social structures (ONE). The sharing of different household tasks will influence the way each partner views the fairness between their relationship. Also, the conventional norm of women claiming responsibility of the household influences how couples portray the fairness amongst household chores, even if they do complete an equal share (THREE). As said before, the traditional roles of a male breadwinner and female housekeeper must be broken and an attempt to move past those roles must be made in order for domestic equality (TWO). For many couples, the division of labor is second nature, and done without giving it another thought. Numerous couples view their unequal division of labor being nonpermanent instead of challenging it, and in turn live their lives in inequality (TWO). On the other hand, most men will go into a relationship with the hopes that their partner will also provide an income, and most couples strive to share an equal responsibility of making the money (CORN). Although many couples are dual-earning nowadays, women view that the higher stress level jobs that their partner works makes it acceptable for them to do less work in the household. In today’s society numerous actions have been made for partners to move past the male breadwinner tradition, but it still has…show more content…
A lot of the time when most household tasks are completed by the female in the relationship, they cannot pursue the same career opportunities as their male partner who has more time to invest in his job (ONE). When comparing the equality of household tasks amongst different countries, it was observed that in countries where women have more political power and a greater labor force the men performed a larger portion of the housework. Comparatively, in countries that have promoted equality amongst genders, the female partner is more aware of the unfairness that could occur in the home and believe that they are experiencing less equality. In countries that do not promote gender equality, the women are less likely to notice the unfair division of labor in their home (THREE). Also, in societies that promote gender equality, the women can use characteristics such as income, and job position to negotiate equality in the household labor (ONE). The influence of political power in certain areas of the world can change a lot about how women perceive their inequality compared to other countries. All over the world women are reporting that they complete more housekeeping tasks than is fair, while men believe that they complete less than a fair amount of work (THREE). What people
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