the role of women/gender inequalityhi i need some info on this topic for my argumentatiuve essay anyone has any information ?

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I agree that your question/posting is far too broad. If you are looking for suggestions, I would support #9. The differences in wages earned between a woman and a man is one which is highly debated.

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You might focus on the income inequality between the sexes in the US. This particular issue is well documented and is also becoming historical as the income gap between men and women continues to close.

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If you're looking for a text to analyze that is short, clear, and very well-written, you may want to take a look at Kate Chopin's The Awakening. That book is very much about gender issues, and there are at least three different major women characters, each of whom represents a different view of what it means to be a woman. The ending of the book is especially controversial and might lend itself to a good argumentative paper.

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Lots of great suggestions in the above ideas! One phrase that I didn't catch as being mentioned earlier is the idea that there is a "glass ceiling" in business, a barrier keeping women from achieving positions of higher responsibility and pay - they can see the opportunities there but can't get to them.

In an argumentative essay, you could address the validity or falseness of this concept. Supportive illustrations would be easy to locate.

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This discussion was posted under Language Arts, so maybe you could reference heroines in literature and list what they faced throughout history based on the time-period in which they exist. For example, any female character during Shakespeare's time would be faced with the fact that she is either owned by her father or her husband and never had legal rights to anything for herself. You could then compare or contrast that with any modern-day female character to see differences in decisions that they make, how they act and what they say or feel.

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It might be interesting to look at the history of the topic. You could do some research about Title IX and how that has impacted school athletic opportunities for women. This is an angle of the topic that might be especially interesting to audience of teenagers, especially girls who think nothing of the fact that there are sports programs available for them to participate in! That wasn't always the case.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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You could argue that despite other advances in our society and the treatment of women, there is still plenty of gener inequality today.  You might cite recent lawsuits, especially involving large companies like Wal-mart, where women claimed they were paid less than men for the same work and not promoted as often.

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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One possible argument to make is that there is still gender inequality. There are many statistics to show this, in government and in big business, for example.  You might also include what is called anecdotal evidence, which means providing examples of situations in which women have experienced this sort of inequality.

An argument can also be made on the other side, that women have gone beyond equality in some ways.  I believe a majority of the wealth in the world is held by women, and there are statistics showing that women hold more college degrees than males, have a higher rate of high school graduation, and probably exceed men in a few other measures, too.

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Can you be more specific?  This is a pretty big topic.  You could, for example, try to argue that the changing role of women has been responsible for things like the higher rate of divorce than we once had.  Or you can argue about what caused it.  You could attribute it, for example, to "The Pill" or to the rise in white collar jobs.  Or did you have a narrower topic you're supposed to be addressing?

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you could use this to be analyzed in literature, such as in the Odyssey. Gender roles historically have always been quite unequal, but not always in the same directions.

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Can you be more specific?  This is a pretty big topic.  You could, for example, try to argue that the changing role of women has been responsible for things like the higher rate of divorce than we once had.  Or you can argue about what caused it.  You could attribute it, for example, to "The Pill" or to the rise in white collar jobs.  Or did you have a narrower topic you're supposed to be addressing?

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