Since the beginning of history, sexism has been a prominent barrier between sexes. The notion that women are not on the same level as men has always been in existence. We see that even during the book of exodus this belief stems from the creation of Eve. From a scripture, Eve's roll was to be considered as a servant and a temptress, the sole reason why Adam ate the apple. Consequently Eve is blamed as being the reason mankind is not living in a paradise. Sexism has continued throughout ancient history and continues to occur in our own environment like different sports, Religion/customs, and the workplace.
In the Merriam-Webster dictionary sexism is well defined in two different definitions, prejudice or discrimination based on sex and the other is the behavior, conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex. An example of foster stereotype of social roles is a girl that cannot play in a hockey league because of her gender, similarly to a male cannot be a part of many cheerleading squads because of his gender. There are many groups and movements that make this more aware to the public eye and help bring light to these issues but sexism will continue to be in our world as it has since the roots of mankind's creation.
Sexism in its general usage is directed against females. A poll taken from university reported that 66% of the student body believed that males were the superior gender. Perhaps the grounds of this biased thinking are derived from older customs. In ancient Greece, women were born as property of their fathers. This ownership shifted to the husband as the woman grew older. Women were also seen not worthy of male accompaniment; in older days women were to bring dowries to their husbands. These dowries would often be gold, valuables or even livestock which were used as "payment" for marriage. This is a prime example of how many sexist laws, beliefs or teaching would have been rooted from ancient and cultural pasts.