Has American society evolved to the point that we should no longer consider someone's gender a potential handicap in the job market?

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It would indeed be wonderful if American society had evolved to the point where gender discrimination could be considered entirely a thing of the past. There are many industries and specific jobs for which that is the case. But, unfortunately, the greater the power and remuneration associated with a job, the more likely that gender inequalities persist. The number of women in the C-suite of most businesses is still under 5 percent. Also, in surveys done in which identical resumes are sent out by researchers, some with male and some with female names and photographs attached, there are two interesting findings. First, the male candidates are normally perceived as more competent. Second, women's perceived physical attractiveness affects their chances of getting hired in a way that is not the case for men.