Traditional Gender Roles In Society

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Gender roles have greatly influenced the way human beings think and behave, including traditional stereotypes portraying men as strong and dominate, whereas the female been are submissive and unintelligent (Lovdal, 1989). Throughout history, gender stereotypes have particularly disadvantaged and discriminated against women in the workforce, at home, through education and in society as a whole causing inequality amongst the female gender (Clark, 1991). But as will be discussed, while stereotypical traditional gender roles and inequalities continue in society, ideologies on the issues are starting to change. This essay will examine how ideologies on stereotypical traditional gender roles have influenced gender in society and the gender inequalities…show more content…
Today it is common for women to act as doctors, lawyers, managers, police officers, and politicians, even the roles of President of the United States of America, however this would not be inconceivable decades ago (Bahadur, 2012). According to the 2011 Kaiser Family Foundation, who conducted a survey on gender roles and job aspirations, data found American youths aged between 8-18 consumed an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes of entertainment each day (Bahadur, 2012). Geena Davis, founder and benefactor of the eponymous Institute on Gender in Media, stated the data from the survey “will greatly influence and inspire young children to consider non-stereotypical career paths” (Bahadur,…show more content…
Gender equality in education is a right and every child; men and women have the right to access an education. UNICEF (2014) have committed to gender equality in education, furthermore supporting governments in the reduction of gender disparities through interventions at national, local and community levels aimed at empowering girls however, inequality still remains.
In conclusion, while it seems that ideologies on stereotypical traditional gender roles and gender inequality have changed over the past few decades, it still brings focus that the female gender are still experiencing gender discrimination in the workforce, family, through media and in education. However with organisations like UNICEF (2014) promoting gender equality, it can only be hoped that a solution to the existing discrimination against the female gender be sorted
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