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do women have equality today

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Introduction

Have women won equal rights with men in the 20th century? There are many different aspects of inequality for women such as; politics, work, pay, family and socio-economic/ religious groups. These are all factors of the inequality that women faced in the early 1900s, but many of these factors have been reduced or completely removed by the end of the 20th century. But have women fully gained equality in all aspects of life? There have been many advances in politics that have showed how women have won equality during the 20th century, such as the fact that since 1918 women have been allowed to be elected as members of parliament and the fact that the 1st women MP, Nancy Astor, was elected in 1919. During the next 80yrs that followed, only 240 of the 4,500 MPs elected have been female. In 1997 120 women were elected as MPs, but this total still meant that only 1 in every 8 MPs was women. ...read more.

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For example only 12% of judges are women. Women are still under- represented in traditionally male dominated areas such as engineering (10% of construction managers are women) though the government is trying to encourage more female students to consider science and engineering as a career. Also, in the boardroom, only 30% of managers are women and less than 1 in 10 company directors are women. But in the last 2 decades women have achieved higher status in the media as directors, producers, television and radio presenters and reporters for the news. However high circulation tabloids newspapers such as the 'sun', magazines for both men and women, and many films still portray women in a demeaning way, often as sex objects, brainless 'clothes horses' or acting as 'second fiddle' to men. On the positive many top selling authors are women, such as J.K Rowling. Also nowadays women are not generally perceived as housewives, who have to stay at home and look after the house and children, because you can also get house husbands, who stay at home whilst the women go out and get money to provide for the family. ...read more.

Conclusion

I think that with regards to pay women have finally, nearly won equality with men in all aspects of work and pay. There are also socio-economic and religious aspects that add to equality. For example, some women are caught in a poverty trap, unable to break out of their situation due to low income, lack of access to cheap child care facilities and poor educational qualifications. Single parents are particularly likely to be disadvantage by this situation. Another group of women who lack full equality with men are those whose religious background places them in a secondary role to men. Some newly arrived immigrants in particular, are disadvantaged by a poor grasp of the English language, almost total confinement to the home and a strict dress code. By western standards, such women are victims are victims of equality unimaginable by most women in Britain today. I conclude that although women have gained equality in most aspects of life e.g. pay, politics, work and home there are still improvements that can be made to make women fully equal to men in all possible ways. ...read more.

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