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Unformatted text preview: 11/17 Patterns of Gender I nequality I: The Long Swing in the Status of Women I. Gender Inequality today: from the national, to the local, to the really local a. How would we know gender equality to see it? I I. Explaining 75 cents on the dollar a. Occupational sex segregation I I I.Gender inequality in history: sex, gender, the universals, and the variables a. Hunting and Gathering societies b. Horticultural societies c. Agrarian societies d. Industrial societies Defining the Goal The people who run the key institutions in our society all claim to be committed to the idea of gender equality As with racial and ethnic equality, by gender equality they mean a society in which there is a level playing field, in which gender of to longer constitutes an advantage for some and a liability for others Again, as with racial and ethnic equality, these same people often differ profoundly over how best to achieve gender equality, but they nonetheless agree on the goal. But how would we know gender equality to see it? (How will we know when we have achieved it?) What would you propose as a good yardstick? How close does the U.S. come to having achieved gender equality? Political Representation/Power(2008) National Office Holders: US House of Representatives 17% (74/435) US Senate 16% (16/100) State Office Holders: 1 11/17...
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