Combating Gender Stereotypes: Economic Impact

By Kelly McCool, Trending Writer

Throughout history, many stereotypes about women have been formed—both economically in their working environments and socially within their friendship groups. It is often heard that women cannot accomplish things because men would be better at it or even that women cannot hold particular interests if they are typically enjoyed by men. However, having a woman in the workforce could be much more beneficial to the economy in the United States of America as well as to the rest of the world. Recently on The Guardian, this idea is discussed further and there is a great deal of insight on the economic issues the world is currently facing. The article brings to the reader’s attention that if the salary rates for women were raised to be equal with that of men, it would increase the world’s economy by at least eleven percent within the next ten years. Currently, only fifty percent of females around the globe hold gainful employment, whereas seventy-five percent of males have gainful employment. On top of this, the average woman has a twenty-four percent less salary rate than that of a man in the same field of work.

It is frequently said that the world has become a better, more-inclusive place for all individuals. However, while the world has definitely become more advanced in equality, it has not yet reached its full potential with eliminating gender stereotypes. To this day, it is still taken as a surprise and is usually a headlining news story when a woman lands a higher-up position in company. Over fifty percent of a woman’s daily work goes unpaid. It is common for women to be the primary caregiver in their respective families and—due to not making the adequate amount of money—these women do not always have the proper funds necessary to support their families.

Along with this, by hiring more women, poverty can be greatly reduced. This will allow for the women to have more financially stable options for work and will also allow for their children to have better opportunities in their future. The women would have a greater ability to send their children to more-prestigious schools, which would then open up more opportunities for people to get higher-paying jobs and can, ultimately, help the economy.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, November 8th print edition.

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