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Running head: GENDER DISCRIMINATION 1
Gender Discrimination:
A Social Issue in the United States
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GENDER DISCRIMINATION 2
The Scope of the Issue
Gender discrimination has been an issue of significant interest in the past few decades.
Although the gender gap in pay between the genders has dwindled, it has remained at women
making eighty-five percent of what men make for the same work and effort for the last fifteen
years (Graf et al., 2019). The United States has slowly seen a decrease in gender discrimination
over the years, but as evidenced by the research, there is still a battle to be fought for equality.
Statistically, forty-two percent of women report having experienced discrimination in the
workplace regarding their gender, with only twenty-two percent of men claiming the same (Graf
et al., 2019). Also, in the 1970s and 1980s, there was a significant increase of women entering
the labor force, rising to sixty percent, but in 2010, only about forty-six percent of women report
being a part of the workforce (International Labour Organization, n.d.). Gender discrimination
plays a part in this decrease by creating barriers for women to be successful in the workforce,
therefore, causing a lack of motivation to try.
This fight for equality commenced around the 1960s when the concept of feminism rose,
and women began fighting for the same financial acknowledgment for their labor. 1966 was
when The National Organization for Women arose, a massive step in fighting back against
discrimination as women were now gaining more importance in society (Walsh, 2010). Over
time women have began to be allowed to serve in the military, hold government office positions,
and are afforded more liberties than before but still face sexism today. Women are shown to be
under-represented in the workforce, and therefore the men in charge are not always open-minded
about women, and some workplaces contain men who still view women as less competent
(Quain, 2019). Although gender discrimination can occur in any setting, society has sought to
address sexism in the workplace and education specifically.

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Running head: GENDER DISCRIMINATION Gender Discrimination: A Social Issue in the United States Student’s Name Institutional Affiliation 1 GENDER DISCRIMINATION 2 The Scope of the Issue Gender discrimination has been an issue of significant interest in the past few decades. Although the gender gap in pay between the genders has dwindled, it has remained at women making eighty-five percent of what men make for the same work and effort for the last fifteen years (Graf et al., 2019). The United States has slowly seen a decrease in gender discrimination over the years, but as evidenced by the research, there is still a battle to be fought for equality. Statistically, forty-two percent of women report having experienced discrimination in the workplace regarding their gender, with only twenty-two percent of men claiming the same (Graf et al., 2019). Also, in the 1970s and 1980s, there was a significant increase of women entering the labor force, rising to sixty percent, but in 2010, only about forty-six percent of women report being a part of the workforce (International Labour Organization, n.d.). Gender discrimination plays a part in this decrease by creating barriers for women to be successful in the workforce, therefore, causing a lack of motivation to try. This fight for equality commenced around the 1960s when the concept of feminism rose, and women began fighting for the same financial acknowledgment for their labor. 1966 was when The National Organization for Women a ...
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