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Gender inequality has yet to be cured

Posted by titantv on December 19, 2013 at 2:25 PM

A column by Danner Gouge

Long has been the feud between men and women, and long has been the idea of gender inequality. The thing is, through all the sexist remarks and thick headed people on BOTH sides (and any in the middle), there is truth to the idea that women are indeed still not equal to their male counterparts. Or at least in the workplace that is.

Gender inequality in the United States has come a long way in the past few decades, but vestiges of its existence still pervade the social lives of Americans. These traces of inequality are found mainly at the bottom of the income classes, seen in the number of men and women holding minimum wage jobs.

Laurent Belsie, a writer for the National Bureau of Economic Research, determines that “However, there are gender differences in income inequality: between 1979 and 2005, for example, the income gap between women working for the median wage (the 50th percentile) and low-earning women (at the 10th percentile) grew much more than it did for men at those income levels during the same period. Women are, roughly speaking, twice as likely to work for the minimum wage as men are.”

The differences between incomes should not have this gap in accordance with gender. Men are no longer the sole providers for family; women have stepped into that role as well. The need for equal pay and job availability between sexes is a necessity.

The system in place now has created a rift between men and women that must be resolved in order for the system to be deemed successful.

In an article written on a speech by Barack Obama by Euronews, it is found that American “families are “more insecure” now. Obama called for a raise in the federal minimum wage, which currently stands at $7.25 an hour, but which was $10.60 in 1968. “It would be good for our economy. It would be good for our families,” Obama referred to [minimum wage] employees in his speech, saying that they and low wage workers in other branches “work their tails off” to make ends meet, yet are still unable to earn a decent living.”

Since women are twice as likely to be making minimum wage as men, it becomes necessary that the inequality be eradicated. The economic system must be changed to encompass this, so that incomes become equivalent between working women and their male counterparts. Gender inequality in the economic income system is a problem that needs to be resolved to ensure the equal income of both men and women alike.

Equality is something that we’ve been trying to establish for 237 years, but haven’t yet found the solution.

 

 

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