Is gender inequality being achieved in the 21 century?  This is a argumentative essay:) thanks  

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wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Gender equality in the US and Europe has come a long way since the 20th century. It is no longer expected for a woman to get married, have children, and stay home to raise them. It used to be a joke that women went to college to get their mrs degree, but now women go to get an education just like men. The gap in pay rates between men and women is rapidly closing and gender is no longer a factor in selecting a career. However, there are still some areas that aren't quite equal. Two examples are teachers and CEOs; teachers are still typically women and CEOs are still mostly men. One could still argue that even these areas have changed because we do see female CEOs and a man would not be thought less of for being a teacher. Just to look at the other side of the coin, there are countries where equality is nowhere in site. Many countries still restrict women. In these countries, women might be required to wear a certain dress or might not be allowed to vote. I think you could have a valid argument on either side.
pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I assume you mean "gender equality" as opposed to "gender inequality."

I would argue that, in the United States, we are gradually getting closer to gender equality.  We are still not there yet, but we are getting closer.

On the public level, it is no longer unthinkable that a woman might become president of the United States.  Hillary Clinton came close and there are those who think Sarah Palin might become president soon.  Many states (even conservative ones like South Carolina) have female governors.

On the personal level, women are going to college and working as much as men do.  In my own family, my wife is the main breadwinner and I have been only a part-time worker since the birth of our first child because I stay home with the kids.  This is something that wiould have been practically impossible in my parents' generation.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Gender equality has not been achieved. We have had inequality for years, of course, but you could argue that we have succeeded in achieving keeping it around. Women are able to have some of the same rights and roles as men, but still don't get equal pay for the same work.