Will there ever be complete equality between males and females in the United States? Should there be? What would constitute complete equality?

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The World Economic Forum predicts that the gender gap between men and women will close by the year 2095 (see the link from the Telegraph below) if the current pace of world development continues. The pace in the United States might be faster than that statistic, as countries vary with...

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The World Economic Forum predicts that the gender gap between men and women will close by the year 2095 (see the link from the Telegraph below) if the current pace of world development continues. The pace in the United States might be faster than that statistic, as countries vary with regard to how equal men and women are in the domains of economics, health, politics, and education.

As the source from The Atlantic below states, women will comprise 57% of college students by the year 2026, and women's superior educational attainment will eventually translate into more political, economic, and other kinds of power. An equal society is a society in which people have the capacity to achieve results commensurate with their potential, and this is not only a humanitarian goal but also a goal that will improve the economy, political situation, and health of our country. We should strive towards this goal, which will be achieved when men and women earn the same amount of money for the same amount of work and when men and women are proportionally represented in politics (which means that there will be slightly more women in government than men, as there are more women than men in the adult population of the US).

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In many respects, the genders are more equal now than at any point in U.S. history. Although there is still a wage gap between men and women, it is lower now than ever; women's earnings were 58-60% of men's earnings throughout the 1960s, but today the average woman earns 79.6% of what the average man earns. Job segregation has decreased, and although female-dominated professions still earn significantly less than majority-male fields, there are more women doing jobs once dominated by men (and vice versa) than ever. In 2016, women held about 19% of seats in Congress, an institution that included no women at all between 1922 and 1931. In 2016, the Democratic Party nominated Hillary Clinton- the first female presidential nominee in a major party in U.S. history. It is impossible to know the future, but U.S. society throughout history has moved towards becoming more equal, and if this continues eventually the genders will reach full equality.

Complete equality would consist of equality of opportunity between the genders. Women are likely to earn less money, dominate underpaid fields, and lack access to the ruling institutions of U.S. society relative to men. Equality between the genders would look like equal pay for equal work, equal representation in government, and equal value between work perceived as "women's work" and the more powerful, higher-paid jobs considered "men's work."

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