The Importance Of Gender Inequality In Society

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To acknowledge inequality without acknowledging the inequality as a result of gender it is simply irresponsible. Gender plays a clear role in inequality, with women being treated worse than men in a variety of aspects including wages, family life, education, and occupations. Though the gap between men and women has steadily decreased, there is still a clear difference. The importance of gender, the existence of a "glass ceiling," the evidence of a "second shift," and gendering of occupations all point to the existence of gender gap. The importance of gender within society starts from birth, with everyone asking whether a newborn is a girl or boy, and the expectation to dress a child in "appropriate" clothing based on their assigned gender. Gender, as define by Giddens et al, is "social expectations about behavior regarded as appropriate for the members of each sex," which is essentially saying that gender is the result of what society deems acceptable behavior for men and women, that it is learned. This definition is shown not only through the assigning of a gender and the gender expectations that follow, but also in more subtle ways, such as the characters within children's books like those that Professor Redding showed in lecture. Through the portrayal of girl characters as only princesses or as service to men, the idea of women being dependent on men is further reinforced, as well as stereotypical gendered expectations of girls to act "girly" and dress in a more feminine way. All of the ways traditional gender stereotypes are reinforced in society only contributes to the inequality between genders. By failing to have proper representations of women in professional roles, women-dominated environments, and without dependency on m... ... middle of paper ... ...things contribute to the historical trends of women doing more housework, receiving less recognition, and falling into the same occupational trends.Looking at inequality and gender from a sociological standpoint helped me to better grasp the reasoning behind gender inequality, as well as providing a statistical look at it. Looking at how gender is learned allowed me to understand how deeply rooted it is within society and how those roots allowed for the growth and continuation of discrimination and inequality based on gender. Similarly, the term "glass ceiling," while not entirely unknown to me, took on a deeper meaning when I was able to combine it with gender, "second shift," and the occupational inequality. The sociological viewpoint on gender helped me see how all of the concepts were interconnected in a way that continued to put women at a disadvantage in society
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