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If You Think Women Are Equal To Men, Read These 8 Things Still Happening In The US

If You Think Women Are Equal To Men, Read These 8 Things Still Happening In The US

Our culture has made great strides toward gender equality in the past few decades. After fighting tooth and nail for fundamental American rights — like the right to vote and the right to work — women are marching ever closer to true equivalence with men. Indeed, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate: This year a woman is the leading presidential candidate for a major political party, the first women graduated from Army Ranger School, and women everywhere are leading institutions (like Harvard University and the Federal Reserve) for the first time ever.

However, while we celebrate our gains, it is important to remember that the scales aren’t yet truly balanced. To find out what you can do to help end gender inequality, read on for eight major disparities between men and women in the U.S. today.

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1. The Wage Gap

Most people know the exact percentage — 79, as a national average — that women earn less than men. The fact that the wage gap remains despite abundant publicity is bewilderingly frustrating to women across the country, especially women of color for whom the gap is even more significant. Experts suggest that nearly 60 percent of the wage gap can be attributed to “unexplained” societal and cultural factors — namely, gender discrimination. Fortunately, the wage cap continues to slowly but surely close, as women become more educated, follow trends of starting their own businesses, and fight against the injustice of the unequal pay.

2. The Chores Gap

Even as women move into the C-suite, most heterosexual families remain dependent on their female members when it comes to household chores. The most recent National Time Use Survey suggests that women spend roughly 20 percent more of their free time cooking, cleaning, and shopping for the home than men do. Women have long belonged to the domestic domain, and it seems that as they shatter the glass ceiling, they will still be the ones to clean it up afterward.

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3. The Cost of Daily Items

There are many items that both men and women use every day: shampoo, socks, deodorant, razors, and more. Unfortunately, according to several studies, the items targeting women, such as women’s body wash or fragrance, are priced dollars and cents more than those marketed to men. This injustice, often called the “woman tax” or the “pink tax,” has existed since at least the 1990s, and few women even realize that it exists. New businesses seeking to trademark products marketed towards women should need to find ways around the “pink tax” in order to draw in and retain their ever-advancing clientele.

4. The Frequency of Victimhood

It is almost amazing that any woman is brave enough to venture outdoors considering the overwhelming amount of violence and abuse they suffer. Women are the victims of crimes dramatically more often than men, and usually, the nature of those crimes relates specifically to their gender. For example:

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  • Rape. Sexual assault can happen to anyone, but more than 1 in 5 American women today have experienced rape, compared to 1 in 71 men.
  • Domestic violence. Women between the ages of 15 and 44 are more likely to endure violence in the home than they are likely to experience cancer, car accidents, war, or malaria. Roughly 1 in 5 American women will be abused by intimate partners in their lifetimes.
  • Human trafficking. Across the world, more than 2.4 million people are kidnapped and sold every year, and more than 80 percent of those are women and girls destined for prostitution. The U.S. is not exempt from these statistics; more than 244,000 children are trafficked every year within our borders.
  • Stalking. Stalking sounds funny or even endearing, but 1 in 7 women can attest that stalking behavior by an intimate partner is not amusing — it is utterly terrifying.

5. The Government Underrepresentation

Filling roughly 20 percent of the seats in Congress, women are better represented in government than ever before in U.S. history — but considering that the U.S. population is about 51 percent female, the number of ladies on Capitol Hill is off-putting. It is unsurprising then that so much female-unfriendly legislation gets passed.

6. The Media Imbalance

Again, though women comprise more than half the population, female representation in the media is dismal. Women reporters publish roughly a third of the stories of men, and less in more traditionally “masculine” fields like sports and politics. In the entertainment sector, women on screen earn less and have less opportunity to shape characters, images, and depictions. The results of the Bechdel Test have hardly improved in years for top-earning films.

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7. The Sports Bias

Few people can admit to knowing who won the championship game last year in any women’s sport. Female athletes are often ignored in favor of their male counterparts, even in college athletics when women are supposed to be protected by Title IX, and especially at the high school level where thousands of young women are banned from playing sports at all.

8. The Poverty Inevitability

Due to all of the injustices levied on women, it should be no surprise that women are much more likely to live below the poverty level than men are. Estimates state that 6 in 10 poor adults are women, many of whom must accept an impoverished lifestyle due to single motherhood. Additionally, elderly women are twice as likely as aged men to live in poverty. These facts indicate that poverty is actually a women’s issue.

Featured photo credit: Paul Townsend via flickr.com

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Last Updated on June 8, 2018

10 Harsh But True Illustrations that Show Our Changed Society

10 Harsh But True Illustrations that Show Our Changed Society

Let’s face it.  We are living in a digital age, and there is absolutely no turning back. One of the biggest influences on society these days is social media. It affects us both positively and negatively. Social media was originally designed for people to share interesting facets of their lives with their friends, but it has become so much more than what it intended to be. It is now a medium for information to pass around the globe. In many cases, people first learn about current events through Twitter or Facebook before hearing about them from conventional news sources.

We also rely on technology for nearly everything we do. People these days seem as if they can’t go anywhere or do anything without their smartphones, tablets, or laptops. They need to be in constant contact with others via electronic devices.

However, there is also a downside to be too connected to social media and electronic devices. We are too dependent on them, which make us oblivious to what we are doing to ourselves. Being too connected can have a negative effect on our lives and the society as a whole. Here are 10 true illustrations that show how our society is negatively impacted because of the use of technology.

1. Facebook is eating away at your time.

Facebook is eating away your time

    How much time do you usually spend each day on Facebook or other social networking sites? Is it hindering your productivity? Do you find yourself wasting time to a point where you don’t even know where it goes? If the answer is yes, Facebook might have eaten away at your time.

    2. We’ve become “Likeaholics.”

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    Likeaholic

      When you are posting something on Facebook, are you doing it just to see how many of your friends will give it the proverbial thumbs up? This illustration shows that some people are treating “Likes” on Facebook as if it was a drug they needed to inject into their bloodstreams.

      3. Our electronics have priority over our lives.

      priorities

        Given a choice between your dying phone battery or you dying, which will you choose? In this case, the man in this illustration chose to charge his phone over to sustain his own life. As a society, we need to be more careful of our priorities.

        4. Our devices are ruining intimacy.

        lack of intimacy

          Have you and your loved one ever spent time together where each of you is on your phone instead of communicating face-to-face with each other? Has society reached the point where we can’t even be intimate with each other without being on our phones at the same time?

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          5. Families aren’t spending quality time together.

          mother baking

            Here is a mother making holiday cookies, but what are the kids doing? They are not making cookies with their mother. Instead, every one of them has their faces buried in their own electronic devices. Television used to be what parents use to babysit their kids. Now, it’s a tablet, phone, laptop or video game that does the job.

            6.  We’d rather record someone than help them.

            drowning

              A lot is happening in this illustration. A black man is drowning and asking for help. One person has a gun pointed at him. The other person has their iPhone pointed at him and is recording the scene, but is not interested to help this man.

              7. Society is sleeping, it’s sleeping its life away.

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              sleeping your life away

                Time is money. After we have wasted the long period of time on social media, we are losing the most valuable currency we have – our time in this world.

                8.  Despite all the technology we have, we still want what someone else has.

                wanting what someone else is having

                  There’s an old saying that goes, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” This illustration shows that despite all that we have, we are still not satisfied with our lives.

                  9. Sensationalism still sells.

                  free expression

                    With the information overload that exists today, the media still looks for sensationalism. Here’s a woman who feels she has something important to say, but the media only cares about her because she is naked. Would the news media still have microphones in front of her if she wasn’t standing there topless?

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                    10. In the end, with all of this, we are still killing the planet.

                    gun to mother earth

                      This last illustration argues that despite all of our technological gains, we are still polluting the earth as if we have a virtual gun pointed at Mother Nature. As we build bigger cities and higher technology, how much more damages can we continue to do before putting our lives at risk?

                      Featured photo credit: Michael Summers via flickr.com

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