ENC 1101 Hybrid
Essay 2: Argument/Research Paper
Gender equality has been taken care of as far as many members of society know, but is this
really the case? Men are always thought of as the ones who must do all the dirty, heavy work or
even perceived as the only gender able to hold high position jobs in the work field. While women
are expected to be fragile, intimidated by the presence of a man or not supposed to be out in the
work force. Gender equality is about being equal not identical, and that is what often people
misunderstand. This idea is controversial and unfair both in the work place and in public due to
misinterpretations, yet the world would be such a better place if people supported and understood
The argument that most people speak up against the controversy that gender inequality still
exists is that there is more woman out in the work force already, does that not show enough
gender equality? “This contradiction is widespread – although more women are working, they
are often still worse paid than men, in part-time jobs or in the huge informal employment sector
with little protection and few rights.” (Gaag par 2). Having more woman in the work force is not
enough if it comes with less benefits than the men who do the same exact work. This argument
does not apply because it is like those same people coming up with an idea and only half of the
people get credit for it when everyone worked on it equally. When a project is being done by a
group, the group in its entirety should get equal recognition, which is exactly how women and
men should be treated in the work place, whether high-level job or not.
“While they cannot be said to be representative, the highest positions are even more elusive
for women: only seven of 150 elected heads of state in the world are women, and only 11 of 192
heads of government.” (Gaags par 7). Many women in the world are already prepared for success
and have skills to succeed in any high authority job, yet still there are very slim chances of many
women progressing in their area of expertise simply because of their gender. Even in private
sectors, women who work for large companies' numbers remain low compared to that for men.
Therefor this affects women's ability to gain leadership in private companies being that the
company's high level of management remains male dominated (Gaags par 7).
The very large chance of a woman’s inability to work their way to the top just as men had
the opportunity is ridiculous. Gender equality does not mean both genders must be identical, just
equal and that is often what is misunderstood. “Gender equality is seeing males and females as
being of equal status and value. It is judging a person based on their merit, and not viewing them
as inferior or superior purely based on their gender” (Alba par 16). Often people misinterpret
when companies are for gender equality or individuals are for gender equality and believe they
are trying to say men and women are equal, this is not the case. Men and women should be
treated equally, an example would be in terms of getting paid the same salary as a man who does
the same job. Which is a totally different concept than saying woman should do everything a
man can and vice versa. Gender equality is good for the country and society does not seem to see
the big picture.
Gender equality would make the world a much better place is not only an opinion, but it
can be backed up with statistical evidence. “Gender Equality is good for countries. It turns out,
according to most studies, it turns out that those countries that are the most gender equal are also
the countries that score highest on the happiness scale” (Kimmel “Why Gender Equality Is Good
for Everyone”). One reason being the most important as to why having gender equality can help
society overall is simply for happiness. Many people can agree that all they want to be in life is
happy and have money which in that case gender equality is also a great way of reaching those
goals as a worldwide community.
“It is also good for companies. Research by catalyst and others have shown conclusively
that the more gender equal companies are...the happier their labor force is, they have lower job
turnover...they have easier time recruiting, higher rates of retention, higher job satisfaction,
higher rates of productivity” (Kimmel “Why Gender Equality Is Good for Everyone). Not only is
supporting this idea good for overall happiness, it is also good for companies and their business
whether in sales, satisfaction, or turnover. Gender equal companies are often spending less
money on expenses on turnovers and recruiting because all their workers are so happy with the
fairness of the company.
All in all, gender equality is most of the time misinterpreted and that is why most people in
society do not accept the concept. Being equal and being identical are two totally different
things. Starting in changing policies and behavior on how women are being treated in the
workforce can affect a lot on the public stand point of gender equality and could also potentially
affect the overall happiness of the country. Inequality still exists, but with more and more
individuals opening up to the idea and changing their mindsets, the world could be a much
Alba, Beatrice. “To Achieve Gender Equality, We Must First Tackle Our Unconscious
Biases.” The Conversation US, March 7, 2018, https://theconversation.com/to-achieve-genderequality-we-must-first-tackle-our-unconscious-biases-92848 Accessed 7 Nov. 2018.
Gaag, Nikki van der. “Women are Better off Today, But Still Far From Being Equal With
Men.” Guardian News and Media, 29 Sep 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/globaldevelopment/2014/sep/29/women-better-off-far-from-equal-men Accessed 7 Nov. 2018.
Kimmel, Michael. “Why Gender Equality Is Good For Everyone.” Youtube, 6 Oct 2018,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n9IOH0Nvy Accessed 7 Nov. 2018;.
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