Are women and men equal in our society? Why or why not?
Womens Rights establish the same social and economic status for women as
for men. Womens rights guarantee that women will not face discrimination on the basis
of their sex. Until the second half of the 20th century, women in most societies were
denied some of the legal and political rights according to men. Although women in much
of the world have gained significant legal rights, many people believe that women still do
not have equality with men. This is evident in the home, workplace, and society in
Look no further than the home to see the first sign that men and women are not equal.
The traditional role of man was to work and make the money, which would be used by all
in the household. The traditional role of the woman was to stay home, take care of the
children, clean the house, and cook. Because society has always associated money with
power, the person bringing home the money had the power. The man often makes the
final decision on all household matters because he has the money.
The workplace is another place where men and women are not equal. Men are often
applauded for being assertive and giving orders. By giving orders, men are taking
a leadership role. Demonstrating leadership ability is a quality that employers often look
for. On the other hand, women who are assertive and give orders are not well liked in the
work place. For women to be well liked in the work place, they have to be subordinate to
the men. The salary of men and women who do the exact same work differ. Women
often make less than men even though they do the exact same thing. In 1990, the median
income was $29,172 for men and $20,586 for women. There are many gender stereotypes
associated with certain jobs. Secretaries, nurses, and maids are associated with women.
Corporate executives, lawyers, doctors, politicians, and construction workers are
associated with men.
Society as a whole has also contributed to the problem. It starts at the hospital when a
baby is born. Boys get blue blankets while girls get pink blankets. Toys are targeted at
either boys or girls. Toys that are targeted at boys include trucks, blocks, guns, and
soldiers. Toys that are targeted at girls include dolls, kitchen utensils, and doll houses.
Boys are raised to be aggressive, tough, dominant, and daring. Girls are raised to be
passive, emotional, sweet, and subordinate. The pattern continues on through marriage
and beyond. A clear example of male dominance can be seen when a woman gets
married. The woman would change her last name to that of the man’s. She also loses her
first name in some instances too. When a piece of mail is addressed to both parties, the
name reads Mr. and Mrs. John Doe. The woman’s name is not mentioned. Another
example that men and women are not equal is the terms used to describe the sexual habits
of men and women. Men who are promiscuous are considered studs, macho, and manly.
Men often boast about the many partners they have had. Women who are promiscuous
are considered sluts, whores, and prostitutes. Women tend to hide the number of partners
they have had. If a man has sex before marriage, he is getting experience and exploring
his options. If a woman has sex before marriage, she is not considered pure, a quality
often desired by men. There is clearly a double standard for men and woman for the
same type of behavior.
Whoever said men and women are equal must be blind. Women have always taken a
back seat to men in American society. This occurrence is not only found in the United
States, but in other countries as well. Society has lived with this inequality for many
years. There is one set of standards that apply to men, and another set of standards that
apply to women. It’s impossible for society to change overnight. The problem will not
and cannot disappear overnight. A lot of progress has been made over time but more
time is needed to finish what was started.
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