From the work side, big wage gap between men and women still exist and there are still many family or culture believe woman’s job is only taking care of her family not a company. In Addition, women are still treated like second class in society such as intimate violence, rapes, and underrepresented in government. All this facts, proving us that gender inequality hit women. This is something endless, because women and men already have different stereotypes in society and there are hereditary. Therefore, it is hard to make gender equality, but we can try to treat women well everyday in every aspects.
Some believe that they do not deserve equal pay because eventually, most women have children and will have to take time off. The employers sometimes think that women do not work hard enough.In fact, 58% of women with children under the age of one work either full or part-time jobs. Some employers also believe that women are not as smart or that they are the second source of income for a household. There are many misconceptions about women and their ability in the workplace. Many of these thoughts stem from long-lived stereotypes and how women were treated in the past.
This paper will examine the question, “what is a woman?” utilizing readings from Beauvoir and Butler. Woman is not definable because woman is not just one thing. One is not born a woman or made a woman rather, one becomes woman. Once one has become woman she defines for herself what that means for her own life and future. She gets to do so because her experience differs from man, and from any other woman, same race or otherwise.
These stereotypes have been defining what men and women should do and how they should behave. They were also determining the characteristics that each gender is considered to have, in the society’s eyes. The major problem why these stereotypes and hierarchies are still holding on, is the fact that people, men and women, do not have their actual beliefs and expectations and they just accept the way that the society formed and teaches them to believe about genders and this creates an even more intense discrimination. If people were forming their own beliefs and judgements about genders and accept females and males, both as equal, there would be less discrimination (The Guardian, 2013). Gender inequality at the workplace can be easily noticed through examples of events that happen when it comes to employability or even at work time.
There has also been harmful sexism perspectives passed down each generation that could have triggered what women can and cannot do. However based upon evidences drawn by numerous historian writers, there are answers to why women roles have somehow been overlooked. Since the beginning of time, there has always been important roles for men and women to follow. These roles included men doing hard labor, while women did housework and handled all of the children. However, once the agricultural revolution began to raise, women were required to
Throughout history, we have seen the same stereotypes placed on gender, men should be strong and brave. They are the ones that support their families while women are the caregivers and the nurturers and handling the household. According to Emily Kane in “Glamour Babies” and “Little Toughies”, “gender is not a straightforward amplification of underling biological differences between male and females; rather, gender is constructed through social processes and enforced through social mechanisms.” With that being said Kane feels that we should not limit ourselves to those preconceived notions of what men and women can do. According to Kane, we should not believe that men and women could not develop certain mental or psychological attributes merely because of their sex. This mean that we do not have to fall into the trap of preconceived notions, such as; if we are born a girl we will love the color pink and do poorly in mathematics.
If you were to walk into a preschool classroom today, you would see little girls playing dress up with dolls and little boys tackling each other or playing with dump trucks. This is because a child 's gender plays a big role in how they act. From a young age, children are taught either to be feminine or masculine based on their gender. These ideas that are expected of by children are reinforced by parents, schools, media, and society. The preset ideas start off by expecting young men and women to like a certain color, develop certain qualities, enjoy specific activities, and take part in certain jobs.
The roles of both men and women have changed dramatically in today’s society. With the gradual uplift of the society, civic rights, citizenship and all those concepts, men and women have only just started to enjoy equality of rights. The traditional idea of men enjoying rights, and women shouldering responsibilities has undergone a change in the last few decades. However, the concept of “gender roles” is not to be confused with “sexuality”. Sexuality comes from within a person, while gender roles are imposed on a person from childhood, through adolescence until adulthood.
The part and role in which women played in their society significantly varies throughout the world, depending on the place and region. However, they all share a common similarity in which men are the most dominant in every aspect of society, therefore, men are perceived to have more authority and power than women. In the comparison of ancient civilizations and modern times, it is significant how the rights and roles of women have positively changed, giving women more chances and opportunities in society, therefore, influencing and impacting society in many beneficial ways as well as, nowadays, women and men are finally seen as
Women in history were often thought of as feeble and nurturing figures, whilst men were always strong and showed little emotion. Gender roles need to stop being taught to children, every child should be given the right to explore any aspect of their personality that they may want to explore. Too often, it is seen that boys are restricted from playing with dolls and girls are often restricted from sports because they are historically associated with the opposite sex. This is just the start of how gender roles are taught, children are also taught certain mannerisms that associate them with a certain gender, such as crossing their legs or walking in a certain way. These may seem like small factors, but these all contribute to the way gender roles are dispersed, these factors have an influence on the way the child grows up and learns.