An incredibly sensitive subject that has only been silently amplified in the 21st century, is the topic of Sex, Gender, and Women vs. Men. We're living in the time of tiny cellular devices and electric cars, yet with all these technological advances, when it comes to gender equality it almost feels like we've been going around in a ridiculous merry-go-round.
Social and institutional contexts for sex discrimination in American life have included the workplace, occupations, wages, income, housing, banking, health care, toys, school, education, employment, consumer marketplace, military, media, religious organizations, and home. Despite a century of social change stimulated by the feminist movement, gender inequality persists.
In 1920, Congress passed the Nineteenth Amendment that gave women all across America the right to vote. Decades have passed, yet nothing has changed the typical view of women in America. Even with the constant increase of women in the workforce and increase of women in high-ranking executive positions, there are still people that have this mentality that a woman's job is to stay at home to cook, clean, and raise the kids. I've constantly wondered why this is so. I think I've finally found the answer. The reason why women are still constantly harassed and undermined in America, is simply because the Men of America are afraid.
Back in the days, the husband/father was always the "Man of the House" (I shun the person who made such an absurd phrase). They were the breadwinners that provided the household with food, clothing, and other luxuries of life. Other members of the family were absolutely dependent on him for survival. This mentality has been passed down through generations and has fermented into a virus that has contaminated the minds of many American males. However, with the introduction of "Girl Power", women have now taken initiative to better their own lives.
Women across America are now less dependent on men for financial support (which had previously been the upper-hand men had over women). Now this puts men in a very awkward position. They are no longer "important". The only legitimate importance they have is to have children with the wife. However with the advances in biological science, they might no longer even be necessary in this picture. Because of this lack of authority, men and boys alike feel this need to make it clear that they are still the dominant species of the two. So this prolongs the existence of female stereotypes.
This power issue between men and women takes a major role in today's workforce. All legitimate companies make it clear that they are all equal opportunity employers. Sure, they can all say it, but that doesn't make it necessarily true. And let's say that they do hire an equal amount of men and women based on personal merit, what happens inside the corporation. Are all the cards evenly dealt? I highly doubt that...