The lack of gender equality in this world is a major concern. Every dollar that a male earns equates to 82c that a female of the same job receives. This refers to the gender pay gap. On average, women earn $283.20 less than men per week. In Australia, 1 in 5 women have endured sexual assault since the age of 15. In a study from 2007-2012, one in four women experience sexual harassment in their workplace.
Due to the discriminatory nature which society engenders, women or those who identify as female are treated more inferior than the opposing gender. This affects females from a young age where notions such as the lack of female education and access to resources or child brides, though they are less common now, are still prevalent in the modern world.
In addition, as the years progress, women receive lower pay than men even if they have the same capabilities or are of the same ranking in terms of the job system. As a consequence of women’s maltreatment in the education system and the lesser pay, women have been forced into prostitution and other means in order to sustain their living. Moreover, women experience more sexual harassment and abuse than men. Consequently, women feel less secure and safe in public. Many women are subject to domestic violence from their abusive husbands and these cases are often unreported or dismissed by the court.
In media, through modelling campaigns and advertisements, society often sexualises women against their will which is a product of gender inequality. If society continues to treat women with inferiority, this issue of gender inequality would only become more severe.
However, this gender inequality issue can be alleviated. Change can be implemented immediately if people educate themselves about the significance of gender inequality at a young age. The concept of feminism should be instilled during teen years in order to shape a better future as adolescents would be the ones leading society in the future. Small acts such as banning gendered toys for children and female objectification (such as barbie and child-modelling as evidenced in Toddlers & Tiaras) would make an effective difference. Now, organisations such as School Girls Unite effectively combat this issue of gender inequality. More organisations which unite and empower girls should be introduced and emphasized to continue fighting and overcoming this issue.
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