The Challenges Of Gender Inequality In Canada

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Gender inequality has been a huge challenge not only in Canada but around the world. Males are often looked at as superior to women. Men have dominated in history; they are our famous theorists and physicists, they won wars and conquered the land. Unfortunately, even in today 's society women are continuing to be viewed as inferior compared to men. Women have overcome many obstacles throughout history including; education, the workplace, and even at home. Women have the right to be treated equally because they ARE equal.
Over the past hundred years, there have been many movements for gender equality. But despite everything that was done so that women could be treated equivalent to men, there is still inequality. According to Hughes, Krahn …show more content…

Doris Anderson (2006), a writer for the Canadian Encyclopedia, wrote that in order to learn the Native customs, settlers would marry an Aboriginal woman, providing a crucial link between the two cultures. This marriage allowed settlers to learn the way of trading and barter between tribes, as well as survival skills. Anderson (2006) also wrote about how aboriginal women were used as unpaid interpreters for fur trading companies in Canada. So even though interpreting was an important skill because they were women, they were not paid which started the idea that women were inferior. If we looked at the Industrial Revolution when Canada 's economy was flourishing, there was not a need for women to work. Based on the 1891 Canadian Census, approximately 11% of women were employed (Lowe, 1987). However, this changed while industrialization progressed, as stated by Hughes, Krahn and Lowe (2011), "women were recruited as cheap unskilled labourers" for light industries (p. 171). Women were discriminated against based on gender and they were given second-rate jobs and insufficient wages. There was a brief change in attitude towards women 's labour when Canada was fighting in World War I and World War II. Most men were enlisted and went off to fight for Canada. Therefore, it was primarily the women in Canada who were employed by many of the stereotypical …show more content…

Based on history and socially constructed gender roles, women are inferior to males in their private lives. Gender roles include; women clean, cook, take care of the kids, do the house chores, while men work, pay for everything, and expect to be taken care of by their woman. Hughes, Krahn and Lowe (2011) argue that a woman 's domestic responsibilities, along with raising children, limit the woman 's availability for paid work, which leaves the woman financially dependent. They continue to explain consequences, including a "double day" of paid and unpaid work. (p. 179). Women who work a double day would work during the day and then as described by Hughes, Krahn and Lowe (2011) "some women return home to cook, clean, shop and look after their children" (p. 180). If you think to around the times of agriculture, the gender roles for that period would require males, harvesting crops, planting the seeds, basically doing the farm work. Women, on the other hand, looked after all of the domestic duties including; caring for children, tending livestock, making clothes, keeping the home clean, etc. (Krahn, Lowe and Hughes, 2011. pp. 170-171). Back then, that was the woman 's full-time job, be a parent, a wife and keep the home in order. However, even today women are still expected to take care of the home, but now they are also expected to work full time. McRae (2003) suggests that, to understand the choices various women make for

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