Gender Inequality

Ashley Padilla

Gender Inequality is all around us in our everyday lives and can affect everyone in different ways. When I initially started my research about gender inequality, I was thinking about it from a female’s perspective because I know what affects me. The further I looked into it the more I found myself questioning in what ways are males also treated unfairly.

Gender stereotypes start while we are still in the womb. We get assigned a color, blue for boys and pink for girls. We are taught it is unorthodox for boys to wear pink because it makes them less of a man but girls do not get ridiculed if they wear blue. There are also societal differences in raising a young boy or girl, which are separate from their natures. Girls are nurtured to be able to express their emotions more at a young age, and this leads to their emotional maturity coming sooner than males. This causes males to typically have the lack of being able to express themselves when they are older.

Two major ways women are affected by gender inequality are the Pink Tax and Wage Gap. The Pink Tax occurs when items or services marketed towards females that are priced higher than the same items marketed towards males. This can range from children’s toys to hygiene products. The Wage Gap is the average gap of the salary between men and women. The opportunity pay gap measures the median pay gap between men and women. Women earn $0.82 for every $1.00 a ma