5 ways women still aren’t equal to men. Anyone who tells you otherwise should be praised because women may be equal to men in their fantasy land. Despite the fact that women were given the right to vote nearly a century ago, the sad truth of the matter is that a lot of work needs to be done. Still, “feminism” remains a controversial word, despite the definition being clear – the attempt to ensure that every woman and every man has the same rights as a cis white man, regardless of race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other factor.
It sounds like common sense, doesn’t it? Here’s a list of 5 ways women still aren’t equal to men:-
Women face an economic disadvantage compared to men.
Being a woman is expensive. Women are charged more than men but are paid less. Shampoo, deodorant, even 10 packs of socks cost more to women than to men. Products marketed to women typically cost more than products marketed to men 42 percent of the time. And only 8 percent of the time are men’s products more expensive. Women spend $1,400 more per year for common items than men do because of gender-based pricing. There is a so-called “pink tax” or surcharge in which women often pay more for many products than men do. Surprisingly, all of this is legal. While some jurisdictions, including New York, have laws about charging men and women different prices for similar services, there are no laws about charging men and women different prices for similar products.
The man can have a cold and not lift a finger.
A woman, on the other hand, bears more household burden even in sickness. Women still aren’t equal to men, since they are so much worse at being sick than women. It’s a popular theory that men get sicker—or at least act sicker—when they contract the virus, while women soldier on with work, childcare and life. I have heard women saying I don’t complain when I’m ill, but my husband never stops.
Women make less money than men.
Women earn 81 cents in 2020 for every dollar earned by men in the US. The median salary for women and men, regardless of job type or worker seniority, is what’s considered the uncontrolled — or “raw” — gender pay gap. In other words, the median salary of a man is roughly 19 percent higher than that of a woman. This figure represents a 2 percent gain over 2019 and a 7 percent rise over 2015, when men made roughly 26 percent more than women. In fact, women with similar employment characteristics earn $0.98 for every dollar earned by an equivalent man. In other words, despite having the same qualifications as a man, the woman is still paid two percent less than he is. It is the same as last year’s controlled gender pay gap. Over the past few years, the controlled gender pay gap has shrunk by a fraction of one percent year over year—a whole total gap of $0.01 since 2015.
In many countries, girls are not sent to school because they are girls.
Across 10 countries, most of those without schools are girls. Many young girls are expected to work instead of attending school. And many marry young, ending any chance at an education. According to UNESCO, there are over 130 million girls out of school – 130 million potential engineers, entrepreneurs, teachers and politicians whose leadership the world is missing out on. Millions of girls around the globe are deprived of an education due to exploitation, discrimination or just ignorance. Marriage is too often prioritized above education. Since girls’ education is not highly valued, few other options are available to them. According to UN figures, girls are twice as likely to lose out on education in conflict zones.
Women overall are at a greater risk of rape and domestic violence.
Anywhere in the world, women live at greater risk than men of domestic violence, sexual assault and harassment, and sex trafficking. There is now data on the prevalence of violence against women and girls available for at least 106 countries. Every day, 137 women are killed by a member of their own family or sexual violence by a non-partner. Across the globe, 35 percent of women have experienced physical abuse and/or sexual intimacy violence. The figures do not include sexual harassment. Over 200 million girls and women, aged 15–49 years, have undergone female genital mutilation in 31 countries. There are 15 million adolescent girls worldwide, aged 15–19 years, who have experienced forced sex.
Why aren’t women still equal to men?
Many people argue that women are already equal to men, or that women have not achieved equal gains because they are simply incapable of working hard, or that men and women are fundamentally different from one another and should not be compared. What a pity! Some agree that women’s rights are a noble cause, but men’s rights are not given the same consideration. And, we lose the plot over the debate about whose cause is bigger and better.
It is to be noted that men are also at a disadvantage because of gender inequality. If we continue to condition men to never show sadness or fear, to provide financially but not emotionally, and to avoid seeking mental health care, we contribute to a culture that harms both men and women. Equality is sometimes falsely reduced to the right to hit women or to make them pay for their own meal. However, it goes beyond the noise and debate over whether feminism is even important or not. All that matters is equal access to opportunities, regardless of whether it is education, 10 pairs of socks, or equal rights at home. Just like how makeup should be genderless and normalised.