Sexism in American Society
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This paper presents the argument that sexism manifests itself in many lives in American society, in spite of the profession of equality in the United States Constitution. The paper goes on to show how sexism continues to exist in political, economic and social or cultural dimensions in the United States because men control and dominate each of these three realms. The paper asserts that the rules are unlikely to change to allow women to shatter the glass ceiling and achieve true social parity because it is the men who set the rules of the game.
From the Paper:"Sexism manifests in the way that women are systematically excluded from having access to political power. As Schaefer (2008) points out, "power is at the heart of a political system," (p. 196). A nation with true gender parity would be a nation with equal representation of men and women in positions of public service. Any glance at the occupants of Congressional seats or offices of the presidency show that white males continue to occupy most of the meaningful positions of power, which are those positions that grant legitimized authority and political mandate. With no female president and scarce female representatives in the House and Senate, sexism is manifest on the political stage. In fact, women are systematically denied access to positions of power. Whether traditional authority, legal-rational authority, or charismatic authority, women play mainly secondary roles in government.
"Another realm in which sexism is apparent in the United States is the economic sector. Women's labor is undervalued in tangible and subtle ways. In addition to earning a fraction of what men make for the same expenditure of labor and the same credentials, women also continue to assume most of the domestic labor responsibilities in the family sphere. As Spade & Valentine (2007) point out, "unpaid household labor" is one of the ways that women can be considered slaves to a patriarchal society (p. 536)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- AFL-CIO (2011). It's time for working women to earn equal pay. AFL-CIO. Retrieved online: http://www.aflcio.org/issues/jobseconomy/women/equalpay/
- "Chelsea: There is still sexism in U.S." NewsObserver.com Retrieved online: http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/chelsea_there_is_still_sexism_in_u_s
- Lang, I.H. (2010). Have women shattered the glass ceiling? USA Today. April 14, 2010. Retrieved online: http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/2010-04-15-column15_ST1_N.htm
- Schaefer, R.T. (2008). Sociology Matters. McGraw-Hill, 2004.
- Spade, J.Z. & Valentine, C.G. (2007). The Kaleidoscope of Gender: Prisms, Patterns, and Possibilities. Pine Forge Press.
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