Today is Women’s Equality Day. Some may wonder why such a day exists, or that because women are achieving at all levels, why such a day should exist. Here are a few facts that point to the idea that women are far from achieving equality and Women’s Equality Day is still needed:
- The Gender Pay Gap: women on average earn .77 cents to every dollar earned by a male (click here or here from more info)
- Men outnumber women in all positions of power in all contexts (click here)
- Women far outnumber men as victims of sexual violence, harassment and discrimination (click here)
- The structure of our society disadvantages women who work outside the home, and who for the most part are still primarily responsible for care taking and household upkeep. Families need more flexible work schedules, comprehensive child care policies, redesigned family and medical leave, and equal pay as to help females succeed in life-work balance. (click here)
- Women and girls are constantly exposed to what Susan J. Douglas (2010) calls Enlightened Sexism (a response to a perceived threat to the existing gender regime of male power) and bombarded by the media with messages that “purchasing power and sexual power are much more gratifying than political or economic power”…buying stuff and performing hyperfemininity has emerged as the way female empowerment (See Douglas’ book, Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message That Feminism’s Work is Done for a complete explanation of the deleterious affects of enlightened sexism)
- Female athletes are rarely seen in sport media and when they are athletic competence is minimized (click here).
What other ways can you think of in which females are not equal participants? Please comment and add to this list…