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Running Head: Old Views Contributing to Gender Inequality Today 1 Old Views Contributing to Gender Inequality Today Katherine Vargas College of Southern Nevada Gender inequality has existed since the beginning of time. The cause of this inequality is
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Running Head: Old Views Contributing to Gender Inequality Today 2 because of obvious physical, mental, and emotional differences between men and women; and because of these differences, people have drawn gender conclusions and created a separation between the responsibilities, strengths, and weaknesses of both men and women. By doing this, American society established an inequality amongst genders. Some accredit the inequality to genetics, others to politics and laws, some say violence plays a role, and some say media is the cause. The fact is that all of these factors have played a major role throughout the years in creating a societal view of inequality. These inequalities have changed over time but the original ideas have remained generally the same and continue to affect the ideas of equality. This issue is best approached by both the Functionalist and Conflict Perspective. Years ago, gender inequality was quite severe and it would exist for both male and female. Women would rarely, if ever, be seen shooting a gun at war, being a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of an international company, or going to work while her husband stays at home with the children. Same inequality would exist for men. Men would rarely fail to be the provider of the family; a man would be seen as weak if he stayed home while his wife would work. Considering this, one may say that society has come far within the last one hundred years; however, one may also argue that gender inequality still exists today because of the ideas created in the past. There are many different ways that inequality continues to exist; the following is viewed through a Functionalist perspective. While today there are more women who are in management positions over men, but are still seen by some as too emotional and weak to be in these positions. This may be due to the fact that for centuries, women’s jobs consisted of catering to men’s needs such as caring for children, nursing, entertaining, and clerical work. For some, these “old” ideas are still the basis of equality and do not accept women into these powerful
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Running Head: Old Views Contributing to Gender Inequality Today 3 positions. Old ideas established that a woman’s place is to be at home, or in a subordinate career; and also that women are generally more nurturing than men as well as more weak than men, therefore, making them disposable. This will continue to be the norm for some, but for others, it is just a continued stepping stone on the way to complete equality between genders.
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