Sexism is the stereotyping and discrimination based on a person’s gender. This prejudice happens all over the world, all the time whether it’s how one is treated or a remark doubting one’s abilities.
Sexism is known as a belief that one sex is superior to or more valuable than another sex. Usually, this imposes limits what men and boys can and should do and what women and girls can and should do. Sexism can take place in workplaces, stores and even in your own home. From the early years of Ancient Greece, we had our first democratic system. Despite the fact of it being a democracy, women did not have the right to vote or participate in any decisions; their task was to manage the household. This belief continued until the late 60s when women were finally able to have a job. According to Collegetimes, a woman makes only 77.
5 cents for every dollar that men earn. From this statistic, we can tell that women have a lower status than men or don’t have an equal pay. Women are encouraged to take on gender-specific jobs such as; nursing, education and, childcare. In legal professions, there tends to be a lot of gender bias. According to Lectlaw, almost 2/3 of the women surveyed agreed that women lawyers are not accepted as equals by their male peers. In the Bible, the Lord told Moses in the passage Leviticus 27: 1-8, that women are worth less than males. Briefly, they discuss to value females at three-fifths the value of a male. When the United States was founded, women citizens did not have the same rights as men, including the right to vote.
For many years, women such as Elizabeth Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and Susan B. Anthony formed organizations to raise awareness and lobbied the government to grant voting rights to women; this is called Women’s Suffrage Movement. After 70 years, on August 18th, 1920, the 19th Amendment of the U.S Constitution granted American women the right to vote. In the political world, sexism takes away most of the power from the women.
It is difficult to find a female in politics that isn’t prejudged by men in politics.Sexism starts at childhood. We were all raised and treated differently based on our gender.
Girls were taught to sit properly and not say a word while boys would be able to run around and “behave like boys”. Our parents dress us in gender-appropriate colors, give us different toys, and decorate our bedrooms in different ways. People believe that girls shall not get dirty or do any mechanical work. From the ad, Inspire Her Mind from Verizon, they show the statistic that 66% of 4th-grade girls say they like science and math; but only 18% of all college engineering majors are female.
Childhood sexism is not only prejudice towards girls but boys as well. Men are always told to avoid girly things, such as playing with dolls and showing their emotions. The term “Like a girl” is used as an insult. Furthermore, these insults teach children that women are lesser and weaker.
Overall, sexism from childhood teaches children it is okay to disrespect the other gender.