For the majority of known history Women have been looked at as inferior to men. Today, in 2017 in America, men and women are considered equal, but the transition from inferiority to equality did not happen overnight. Women's role in society in the United States of America has been defined from the time period of 1880-2015 through pivotal moments paved by the Women's Rights Movement.
During the 19th Century, women would stay home to educate their children, manufacture goods for general consumption, and maintain farms. Unlike men who would plow and harvest crops, however this changed during the Industrial Revolution. Industrial Revolution coming around enabled women to raise their children freely and manage the housekeeping, while men were expected to leave the homestead and earn wages. WW2 men were called to the battle lines and women forced from home to hold college seats and work. Women were considered the weaker sex, if a women had attempted to traverse into the wild as Chris McCandless did in the book Into the Wild, it would be very likely that they would have been taking advantage of, not given the kind hospitality that Chris received. After the war men reclaimed most jobs, leaving women once more to continue serving as wives and mothers. 1950s women were expected to create inviting homes for men who worked all day, not until 1960s did females profoundly impact the workforce.
In the Early 20th century women’s suffrage was a pressing issue. Male-only government was believed to implement specific strategies to keep women out of the workplace in turn muffling their political concerns and retaining them at home. The diminished access of birth control was one strategy that was pulled. Not until the 19th Amendment passed in 1920, women voted with their husbands and fathers, adhering to their beliefs because of shared concerns in social and economical matters. 1960s men led protests concerning government's involvement overseas and civil rights. Women also began to protest, but with the intentions differentiated because they were labeled basically “inferior” towards men. Arguments focused on leadership roles and male-dominated work positions because they were excluded from them.
In the period from the 1960's - 2000's women have been perceived as incapable less and less. They are able to get well paying jobs and support themselves outside of the Monocratic rule of a man. The women's rights movement continues to press important issues concerning the well-being of women, and many of their battles have been won. Currently women live equal lives to that of men and are perceived in the public eye as equal.
“People take advantage of false data about inequality.” - Brett Rayburn, Photograph with Caption
There is gender equality in the United States, regardless if you think there isn’t. You are stuck living in the 60’s if you still believe their is no gender equality, and females are struggling to compare to men. It’s like everyone is oblivious to the huge gains that women have made over the past 50 years. Bringing up the statistics now for some of the main points people make towards gender equality such as education standards, wage gaps, and who controls the money in the United States, you tend to realise that those aren’t the actual challenges women face today. Going more into depth, let's start with going over the education standards. Today actually women have a huge edge over men when it comes to higher education. They are earning the majority of associate, bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees. For every 100 degrees men got last year, women got 140. By these numbers, they are not only equal, but they are overwhelming the men. Now looking at the wage gap between men and women it turns out that it is almost non-existent when comparing the two. When people say that "women make 77 cents for every dollar men make," doesn't make it true. If you start comparing men and women with similar jobs, experiences, educations, and hours worked, the wage gap just disappears. This is also very true for even the millennial generation, data shows that women in their 20s, living in metropolitan areas, who don't have children, earned 8% more on average than their male counterparts from Census data in 2008. Finally who holds most of the money in the United States? Studies and census data show that 50% of private wealth is held by women as well as 80% of all household spending decisions. Even over 40% of the 3 million Americans making over $500,000 a year are women. Like stated before women do face challenges today, but it's not the ones people might think.
Kevin Quezadas, Editorial Cartoon
"You can’t assume my gender by my appearance.", Kevin Quezadas, Editorial Cartoon
"Women and men are different but equal", Matthew Commins, Editorial Cartoon
"Men and women can have the same job because they are equal to each other.", Matthew Commins, Editorial Cartoon
“Gender wage gap” -Owen Levin, Photograph with Caption
Owen Levin, Editorial Cartoon
"The OutLook On Women And The Steps Society Makes Them Take", Taeyon Williams, Editorial Cartoon
Women have always been looked upon as inferior to men. Both women and men have been identified differently, with women in subordination to men. But in relevance to the hardships and unfairness that women have had to go through before the 21st century, women are now fighting a different fight. Women wanted big things like working big jobs, being allowed to achieve more than a basic education. And what was advocated the most, the right to vote, which was established on August 26, 1920. But Now women are fighting for respect and balance that they deserve from men. A fight beyond politics
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