Gender Discrimination and Women’s Rights
Ever thought about a situation where your gender ruled what would happen to you? In these days, gender is not so much of a problem. However, gender discrimination was a huge deal not too long ago. Women didn’t exactly have all the rights that they do now; they lived in harsh times, governments never thought twice about their opinion, and were looked down upon. However, many women have taken a stand against this, and have changed the way women are viewed upon.
From the beginning of early childhood, we separate boys from girls. Most people attributed words like "bold, brave, vigorous" to boys, and "gentle, pretty, fussy" to girls, despite the fact that all of them said that they treated them as equals (Qian, 1998). Many of us may not notice that even in the earliest stages of life we discriminate others because of their gender. It’s said that girls are more disciplined when it comes to schooling compared to boys. However, many boys ask questions if they don’t understand, and therefore make a better judgment when it comes to that given scenario.
Women have not been treated fairly when it comes to working in a workplace with men. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics cites women working 41 to 44 hours per week earn 84.6% of what men working similar hours earn (Grohol, 2009). Women could work the same amount of hours, put the same amount of effort into their work and still get paid less than that of a man. Men who worked alongside women often looked down at them. Women were often thought to be weak and that they weren’t capable of providing the best end result.
The Declaration of Independence proclaimed that all men are equal and posses the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. For 220 years, American women have been trying to prove that they deserve the same (Mass 3). Women have fought for equal rights since the beginning of humankind. They have fought for many rights; the right to vote, equality in...