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Small 1 Elizabeth Small Professor Ouellette Rhetoric and Composition 2 November 4, 2016 Men and Women Are Not Equal Gender roles is defined by the Webster Dictionary as, “the overt expression of attitudes that indicate to others the degree of yourmaleness or femaleness.” One of the questions raised around gender roles is, “Are women equal to men?” In the United States of America, men and women are not equal. It was not always this way. In the hunting and gathering societies, men and women were considered socially equal by both giving equal contributions to the communities they lived in. As time progressed, men started to be regarded as the dominant sex. This notion has been brought up through generations, and is now a societal norm. Although this was the case years ago, gender roles have changed greatly. Gender roles in today’s society has caused a disparity between the way men and women are treated. Women are seen as inferior or weaker, while men are shown to be stronger and better. Throughout life, women experience the separation due to their gender. It starts out in grade school and progresses throughout the years. It is seen in sports, and how women’s sports are made unequal and “gentler.” Towards adulthood, women experience gender inequality in the workplace and the amount of money they are paid to do the same job a man is doing. Society interprets gender inequality as an unquestionable norm. This has made it so gender discrimination and violence against women has been made acceptable for far too long.