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This paper relates that women have made great gains the past 20 years in the area of rights legislation that has resulted in a major increase in the number of women being employed and educated; however, in terms of the social, economic and political status of women, they remain in an inferior position to men. Next, the author reviews the countries where women have made the most progress, such as the European, North American and Nordic countries, and those nations in which almost no advancement has been made, such as the African, Asian, Latin American and the Communist countries. The paper concludes that laws alone cannot help the progress of women towards equality; only forceful enforcement and publicity of these laws can lead to success.
From the Paper:"Women all over the world are hopelessly under-represented in the policy making and decision-making levels of society, whether this is in the Communist East Bloc, in the West (except for the Nordic states), Africa, Asia or Latin America. Yet women almost always form not only the majority of the population but, frequently, the majority of the voters. Just as frequently, a higher percentage of women than of men vote in elections for the legislature, for example in Japan, West Germany and South Africa.
"There are many role models among the women of Europe, women who sit in the cabinet or in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. But for the majority of women who are interested in seeing a broad-based change there is not much for their comfort. The increase of women deputies in the French National Assembly from five in 1975 to 28 in 1995 is really not that impressive when one considers that there are 491 deputies. And occupational segregation is still so massive that of 300 officially listed occupations in France, women are found overwhelmingly in less than 10 percent. The percentage in higher-status positions is only about 5 percent, all of this despite the law on sexual equality in employment passed by the French Assembly in 1993."
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Cite this Analytical Essay:
Women as a Minority (2012, May 17) Retrieved November 22, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/women-as-a-minority-150992/
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