Not Unconquerable

"World peace, when women rule the world," - (my former social studies teacher) Now, I may not necessarily agree with that, but taking steps toward a world where females and males are created equal is just like taking steps towards that same goal.


1. Not Unconquerable

         A known fact of life is that we live in an inequal world. There are people that get looked down 
upon just because of things they have no control over, like their gender. That is why I believe that anyone of either gender should be paid the same, have equal opportunities to join the army, and be able to hold high political positions. Every time someone supports these points, the world gets one more step closer to ultimate gender equality.

          To begin, men and women should receive equal wages for equal work. This means that men and women should be paid the same amount of money for doing the exact same job. As of 2011, women averagely make 81¢ for every $1 a man makes, even if they have the exact same duties and obligations.  Both genders should be paid the exact same amount as long as their quality of work is the same. Also, the pay gap between men and women is typically larger in more rural or less populated states. For example,  Wyoming has the largest average pay gap, with women making 69.7¢ for every $1 a man makes, whereas California has the smallest the smallest average pay gap at 89.9­­­­­­­¢. Even after the Equal Pay Act of 1963, this is still a common problem. However, studies have shown that men are more likely to put more effort into their work, and even put it ahead of their family. That might be a cause for them getting paid a little more. Despite this, women and men should still have equal wages for equal work.  If this becomes a reality, complete gender equality has better chance at becoming a reality as well.

          In addition to getting paid the same, men and women should both be encouraged to join the military. Until recently, there has been a ban on women serving in combat in the United States. Although it has been repealed, it shows that we are only beginning to make progress in this field. Before World War II, women were almost totally discouraged from even working outside the home.  Even with women in the military, they still only make up 14% of all enlisted soldiers. Before 1948, women were not allowed to even be in the military at all. This changed when the Women’s Service and Integration Act was passed. It created a permanent corps for women. Even though women tend to have more medical complications than men, and they are naturally less physically fit, they can be great additions to the army if they are given proper training.  It is an honor to serve our nation, and that honor should be extended to both genders.

             Another area women and men should have equal opportunities in is being able to hold high political positions. As of 2010, women only make up 29% of the Cabinet, 22.6% of legislative positions, and 19% of high-level judicial positions.  Women should be able to have these offices because it is proven that they think more logically, while men are more aggressive, even from childhood. If there are more logically-thinking minds in office, then more progress can be made.  In addition, as of 2010, women make up 46.5% of political party members, but only 19% of political party leaders. However, more men go into the political field than women, but women should still be encouraged to follow this career. If men and women share political power equally and openly, then gender equality had a better chance at manifesting in our world.

           In conclusion, I believe that gender equality should become a more prominent factor in our world. If men and women are treated equally when getting paid, joining the army, and holding political power, than our world can become a better place. To quote Jeanne J. Kirkpatrick, former Chief U.S. Delegate to the United Nations, “[Discrimination] is alive. It’s in the United Nations, in the U.S. government, and it’s bipartisan. But it’s not unconquerable.” 

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