According to a United Nations 2009 report on women’s rights, the global community has failed to attain its objective of empowering women and attaining gender equality between men and female and that only 10 out of 180 member countries had attained some response. In the report it is pointed that women continue to be undermined and deprived of fundamental rights and freedoms as most countries have failed to impose measures.
Women issues around the globe are a vital gauge of understanding world welfare it can be seen all around the world that countries which discriminate on women are usually the least developed for example the Afghanistan while countries that seek to empower women for example Sweden, US and Norway are usually very developed. The U.S though developed and seeking to empower women in the last three decades, little progress can be said to have been achieved. Women in the U.S are still regard lowly citizens as compared to their male counterparts in almost all dimensions of the society.
In politics itself women are not regarded as serious contenders and many do think that they should leave politics to men whom they view as strong leaders of the society. The result of this discrimination is clearly seen in the ratio of male to female persons in government. This too has resulted in gender issues in government lacking representation. At domestic levels women are not spared either. Statistics have shown in the recent gender violence among women has increased. Although their stiff penalties for this type of behavior, not much has changed in fact, many women are not reporting such incidences since there are long lasting solutions to curb this menace.
The reproduction health is also another issue that has sparked debate for a very long time. Women cannot determine choices about their reproductive health unless with permission from authorized sources which is rather wanting as this means that women cannot decide on what is good or bad for themselves. Economically women still lag behind men. Most prosperous companies around the country are owned and run my males. This is so because their many hurdles that are thrown on a woman path once she decides to start up her own company for example, societies do not support such kind of women as they believe that they are abounding their family chores for materialistic gains. Many other women find themselves being asked for sexual favors by people in order for certain business deals to be met. In the end women shy away from business ventures and resign to mare docile carriers.
Recent studied have also indicated that women earn less than men for the same kind of labor or services rendered. This is due to the belief that men are providers of the society and their input or output is quite vital to the well being if the society as compared to the value of a females work. Women suffer quietly with the motive to be authentic and to be recognized for who they really are. Issues revolving female sexuality, sexuality identity and women’s sex lives from childhood through menopause and old age. Change in this trend begins with women. Most women are trapped by old ideas and are adamant to try something new. Women should get organized and tackle the clutter and clean up this act of gender inequality.
In the book “Getting Even,” co-author E.J. Graff puts forward a number of examples of abuse, discrimination, and harassment lawsuits that have been settled. Some examples listed in the book are about a police officer who got discriminated at work after her pregnancy and a woman who got money stuffed into her bra and then was asked to perform oral sex by her manager There was also the mention of an established medical doctor who found out that her salary was much less than her junior male colleagues. Graff includes the account of one female worker at a chemical plant harassed by her Christian male colleagues because they believed that the workplace was no place for a woman and that they were superior to her. The book goes on listing a number of examples to show how little progress women have made and how much they had suffer in the workplace and with her colleagues.
People may question the claims made by the book but the wage gap between women and men has actually widened between 1990 and 2003. According to the data, women with only a GED or a high school diploma lost earned dramatically less than their male counterparts. It also showed that on an average, women are paid 23% less than men are. In 1990, the difference in pay was pegged at 18% compared with the 23% at 2003, which shows that gender wage pay has only widened since then. The only group of women who fared better in terms of salary grade was female college graduates who closed the wage gap from 29% down to 14% between 1990 and 2003. Nevertheless, the starting salary for women with college degrees is still lower than men of the same qualification.
A different survey also showed that when people were asked how much women should earn compared men, respondents said that 80 cents to a man’s dollar was fair wage for a woman. Ironically, only a few respondents said that women’s salaries should be equal to men’s. It seems as if the gender wage gap is a given and no one would like to step forward and begin solving the problem. The difference in wage gap translates into bigger problems for women. In the end, women have lost more money than men have and thereby lose the opportunity to live comfortably and resorting to a lifestyle that just “gets by.” The extra dollars lost in wages could translate to retirement savings, well-deserved vacations, and buying other necessities for their family and children. Sometimes, these lost wages have meant bankruptcy for women. How somebody could give up so much money knowingly is beyond reason. A long-standing reason that most people use to justify the disparity in wage is the myth that men work more hours in a day and are more ready to work on weekends than women are. They also believe that the majority of women prefer to concentrate more on their personal lives than on their careers.
The study by the deputy attorney general has certain faults. It does not stress important points like how women’s wages and statuses are sidelined when they need to take a paid vacation, call in sick, or avail of a maternity leave. Still the book “Getting Even” does a very good job in reminding women that they will not be able solve their problems without raising their collective voice and working towards sustainable and long-term solutions. Women also need to be more aware of the wage gap by finding out how their male counterparts are making in the same job, which can be checked at wageproject.org. Murphy launched the site.