The Importance Of Minorities In Society

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In society, people are classified by a variety of features or criteria, which dictates what they can and cannot do. “A minority is any category of people distinguished by physical or cultural difference that a society sets apart and subordinates” (Macionis, 2013, p. 373). People can be classified by their wealth, income, race, ethnicity, appearance, and other categories. The most common examples of classification are racial or ethnic but a category that is occasionally used is gender. Even though, a majority of the Earth’s population are women, they can still be considered a minority by society. “Patriarchy, a form of social organization in which males dominate females, makes women dependent on men for their social standing” (Macionis, 2013,…show more content…
They cannot change the current society they dwell in because they are lacking political power to do so. “Women, minorities and minority women remain substantiality underrepresented in high-level political positions worldwide” (Hughes, 2011, p. 604). Men are speaking, acting, and representing women when in reality they are representing themselves and their needs as men. “Advocacy designed to promote the interests of minority groups tends to prioritize advantaged members, for example, male rather than female minorities” (Hughes, 2011, p. 606). Women can’t possibly be able to promote change when they are a minority in all the major political offices. “18 percent of the House of Representatives members, 20 percent of the Senate members, and 5 percent of state governors are women” (Macionis, 2013, p. 372). In order for women to get a greater political voice they must depend on men to side with them when legislations are being discussed. Minority women are at the bottom of the waiting list when it comes to privileges, rights, and other entitlements. According to Hughes (2011), minority men are elected, soon after the majority women are elected and lastly minority women are elected, which can take decades to reach (Hughes, 2011, p.
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