Gender Inequality Within The Labor Market

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SOCI 270

I argue that gender inequality still exists within the United States labor force despite substantial national measures that have been taken towards gender equality. Gender based inequality within the labor market includes, the wage gap, female’s chances of obtaining leadership positions and their jobs being overrepresented in low paying positions and underrepresented in high paying positions. This particular social problem not only affects women in the workforce, but every member of society despite their age or gender. Females are affected the most by gender inequality in the labor force, but so are males who have close connections with women either through family, friendship or romantically. The oppression women face in the... View More »

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Certain social influences, such as white men in power opposing women’s employment, produced part of the reason why women are still marginalized in the United States labor market. Post industrialism United States was a nation that primarily focused on profit and dominance. The more money and power someone had the higher their status became. During the nineteenth century women were awarded property rights and inheritance, but women were still offered low paying jobs and fathers preferred to pass down property and business to their sons. The dominance of white men held within every instition from government, business, education allowed them to have and keep their power over women. Some direct effects women were burdened with were denied education and experience, women had fewer assists to offer employers. Jobs also became sex segregated which normalized women into low paying jobs while allowing men to keep their dominance through the highest paying jobs. This sex segregation through dominance is still here in the twenty first century with men surprising women in leadership and high paying positions compared to women in lower paying elementary and secretary positions.

The first step towards gender equality in the labor market starts at the macro level. Everyone despite their gender should get involved with congress to promote action for equal pay. One way we can do this is through the paycheck fairness act which would improve the scope of the equal pay act that hasn’t been updated since 1963. This law would promote stronger incentives for employers to follow the law ...

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