Essay On Social Mobility

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Social mobility is considered the ability to change one’s social status. It is an admirable transformation that most people aspire to attain in their lifetime, and American citizens are no exception to this dream. Perhaps any story of how our ancestors were able to “attain the American Dream” is a classical representation of this desired social change, but the question remains: how many people in the United States are able to move up the ladder of class? The United States used to be one of the world’s leaders for social mobility; however, Americans are less mobile now than they’ve ever been before. The possibility of attaining the “American Dream” is decreasing significantly because of the decreasing social mobility in the United States. If…show more content…
In fact, they many up about half of the modern day labor force; however, women are on the lower end of the income spectrum compared to men, being mostly minimum-wage or low-wage workers (Chetty et al., p. 350). Despite women’s strides toward occupational equality, there is still a skewed view of women in the workforce in the United States. In fact, it is still expected that women will take care of the children in the event that they are unable to find adequate child care, making it increasingly hard for them to maintain a career (Chetty et al., p.…show more content…
While the United States was a world leader for social mobility in the past, it now has a significantly decreased social mobility, especially compared to other developed countries in the world. In fact, the possibility of social mobility has greatly decreased in the United States in regards to class, race, gender, and even age. So, how many people in the United States are able to move up the ladder of class? Not nearly as many in previous years, that’s for sure. Will social mobility increase, giving the American people the ability to hope for the American Dream again? One can only hope for that time to
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