Nov 10 2017
Gender inequality in America is a popular topic of discussion on college campuses and in places of employment. It is also a huge topic of discussion in households. It’s an issue that’s at once intensely personal and impersonal. Gender affects nearly every facet of life, from the way someone will be treated in a place of employment to the way someone will be treated in the house that they develop together with someone they marry. How the world sees us still in large part depends on whether we are born male or female.
Gender inequality in the workplace has been a recent hot topic and is a very important social issue in general. Because women are typically paid less than men, they often have more trouble surviving on their own in society. While nearly everyone universally agrees that this is wrong, when the problem is reduced to a microcosmic level, no one even notices that it’s happening right in their own office. The question is always how to take these very common everyday problems of inequality and change them on a universal scale.
And then there’s the very personal topic of division of chores at home. Gender inequality has often reared its ugly head here, too, as women who work full-time jobs are often expected to do full-time work at home as well, while men are expected to work hard at work and that’s it. Some women have argued that the war for gender equality has left them with TWO jobs instead of one. Instead of dividing labor equally, they’re stuck doing double the work.
The question at the end of these personal and impersonal topics is always how to inspire change. The articles themselves are the first push for change and serve as an important tool for getting the word out about these issues. They DO exist and people need to be aware of them. With increased awareness of gender inequality issues, people can slowly begin to work on amicable solutions to the problem. For the personal problems, couples can seek counseling and learn how to help each other more effectively. For the social problems, legislation and protests can do some good.
At the end of the day, men and women share a world together. They deserve to pursue happiness on their own terms. The question is how to allow this to happen without discouraging either gender from their goals.