Equality Gap between Men and Women in Underdeveloped Nations

Essay by GreeneyedjaneUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, May 2009

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Democracy, Capitalism, industrialism equals "equality for all" has been the maxim the United States has been struggling to spread to the world for the past 50 years. We aspire to be a model for undeveloped countries to emulate. Americans take great pride in their Bill of Rights which guarantees equality between all citizens, particularly between men and woman. Eliminating the equality gap between men and woman is a victory that has not yet occurred in America. We have made strives to bridge the gap, but there are still many battles to overcome. In the midst of a waging war against foreign inequality, because of cultural differences, the Western World's attention has been misdirected. Government officials have failed to understand the true meaning of inequality between men and women. Developed countries have associated simple underdeveloped societies as uncivilized and impossible of protecting the rights of women. Research proves that underdeveloped countries have a significantly lower equality gap between men and women then developed countries.

A vital factor in comparing inequality between nations is understanding the term inequality itself. Merriam-Webster's dictionary defines inequality as social disparity. (10) Disparity is a "great difference". Thus, inequality is a great diference in social status between groups or individuals in a society. We must analyze how this inequality is implemented and measured. Through differentiation, people are characterized by both natural (sex, age, strength) and social (family, occupational, leadership role) differences. (8) "These are inherent features of the human condition"(2). We are born with these differences and it is unfeasible to change them. They are natural divisions. It is when theses "social identities", natural differences, are "constantly and categorically more rewarded, regarded, and influential then others", that a problem occurs. It is when certain differences are more rewarded and promoted by the leaders in a society.