Gender inequality in America

A balanced scale, like this one, is the goal for many gender disputes.

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A balanced scale, like this one, is the goal for many gender disputes.

Molly Boetsch, The Delphi Editor

It’s obvious that since our country’s creation, equality has increased. However, it is the case that, even today, we are not all equal; gender inequality remains a major issue.

Since the 1990s, the attitude towards how society views gender and its stereotypical roles hasn’t changed very much. As of 2018, on a list of 149 countries the U.S is ranked 51st for gender inequality.

In the United States, the average women makes around $9,766 dollars less then the average man does for the same work, and unless you’re directly affected by the issue, chances are you don’t know it’s happening. In fact, only 62% of surveyed men thought that women were being paid less for the same or similar work.

Of course, it isn’t just women who are being treated differently due to their gender. The transgender community is faced with this discrimination as well.

There is prejudice, and in some cases violence, against people who identify as transgender in the country. For example, transgender women tend to have a worse work experience, they lose about a third of their salary on average after they transition.

Yes, it is true that the iniquity for women and the transgender community has come a long way, but it’s still not equal. These issues are very much a part of the world we live in and negatively affect the many lives of those being mistreated.

The damage might be done for this generation, but it’s not too late to fix the problem for those to come. By teaching the idea that everyone should be truly equal to the generation of children, maybe we can make it a better world for them.