Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau give the impression that the achievement gap between the genders is closing; since 2001, the gap between men and women age 25 and older who hold bachelor’s degrees fell to less than one percent. In addition, women make up almost half of the workforce today, up from about 30 percent in 1940. And women hold more than half of middle management jobs.
While all of this is wonderful, empowering news, we need to look past the numbers. Women and men are hardly being treated equally in the United States. Women are still earning less than their male peers, are more often subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace, and are having more trouble finding employment after losing jobs during the recent economic downturn. Additionally, the worlds of entertainment, fashion, film and music continue to push unrealistic body image standards on young women. View full article »