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Essay on Gender Equality

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Introduction

Integrated Humanities Essay: Gender Equality Gender equality can never be achieved as long as males and females are biologically different. Do you agree with this statement? To address the hypothesis, I must first define gender equality and the biological difference between males and females; and hence from there, show the relationship, or lack thereof, between the two. The biological difference between males and females means that Man is born different, and there are two broad categories, males and females. This difference can be seen anatomically and biologically, like the sexual reproductive organs which contribute to the fact that women have the ability to give birth and men do not. As Man is born into it, it is innate and cannot be changed, unless when artificial or wayward (methods that defy nature) means are used. Gender equality in this essay will be addressed in terms of the social construct, in areas namely: politics, economics, sports and education. This is because gender refers to the socially constructed roles, behaviours, activities, and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for men and women (WHO, 2007) and are learned (can be affected by factors like education or economics.) Hence, they vary widely among cultures and can evolve over time as they are socially determined. It is also understood that the gender equality to be achieved here is with respect to the inequality faced by females. Therefore, it can be seen that men and women are born biologically, but this does not affect gender equality as it has no necessary biological component due to the fact that it is, instead of biologically, socially agreed upon and constructed conduct.

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and Angela Merkel (Germany's first woman Chancellor) in the political arena and Caterina Fake (Flickr co-founder) and Anne Mulchay (CEO of Xerox) in the economical arena. It seems that in order to succeed in these fields, masculinity must be seen regardless of the sex of the person, and at the end of the day, the more masculine person usually wins. Gender equality does not seem to be achieved in this case. But, it is unfathomable for the public, or the board of directors, to choose a leader who is emotionally soft, indecisive and naive, all of which are feminine characteristics. As such, it is only natural for women to adapt to these circumstances in order to succeed, and the masculine qualities they adopt are simply qualities needed to be seen in a leader of a company or a nation, like being sharp and decisive, and the feminine qualities they lose are qualities of a bad leader. After all, masculinity is a social stereotype, and the common mindset for the society is that men are leaders of companies and nations, and women stay at home and tend to menial tasks. Hence, it is unfair to say that the more masculine person wins and so there are no improvements in gender equality, for it simply refers to the fact that these women are competent leaders and are able to compete with men vying for the same leadership posts.

Conclusion

Parents and guardians will otherwise be fined. Amendments have also been made to the law: relevant provisions have been made to protect enrollment, degrees and scholarships. There is greater meritocracy, and relevant rewards are given out based on capability, not gender. This will create many chances for women to step up in the society and education will also level out the playing field substantially, making the world closer to achieving gender equality. To evaluate, I feel that equal opportunities in education is the most important step to allowing women to stand on the same grounds as men as through it, women are able to equal out the playing field and gain ground in the other areas of the social construct, in politics, economics (as knowledge is power in these two fields) and sports (as talent is as good as nil if there is no recognition of sort, which can be provided by an institution). Thus, to conclude, our biological aspect is not an appropriate yardstick to gauge gender equality, as it cannot be changed, and with strong and solid evidence as given above, we can see that there is a trend of having great improvements in gender equality despite biological differences. Furthermore, gender equality is not dependent on biology alone as it is socially agreed upon (and as can be seen, the only social aspect that concerns the biological makeup is sports, and even in that can improvements in gender equality be seen), and can be achieved through changes in the social construct (as proven in politics, economics, sports and education). Hence, I disagree to the hypothesis.

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