Combating Gender Stereotypes: Future Projections

By Laura Colantonio, Trending Editor

Gender stereotypes and false perceptions of gender roles have in many ways prevent society from progressing as efficiently as much as we are capable. The world, especially the United States, makes progress every day through occurrences that catch media attention or even through small feminist acts that collectively make an impact.

We see evidence of positive progression whether it is on the news or in our local communities. It is only a matter of time before American society is nearly ridden of gender bias.

An example we all know well is the matter that Hillary Clinton was the first female to receive a nomination from a major political party. Clinton received enough support to become one of the main competing nominees for President, despite her gender. Some say she even has enough popularity to be the winner of the election.

Even on an international level, females are more empowered than ever before. On October 25th, The Guardian released an article presenting that Paula Nickolds will take over at John Lewis, ‘one of the UK’s biggest and most respected retail brands’, after an extreme profit loss of 31% in the past year. The company decided she would be the best fit for the CEO position because of her 22 years of commitment to the company and performance on the management board, not based off of her gender. Surprisingly though, Nickolds will not only be the first managing director for her company, but also among only a handful of female leaders in the retail industry, where over half of the employees are also women. Nickolds’ appointment to this position will reflect change in her company and hopefully a chain reaction in the industry.

The Guardian reports that if women in all countries were considered for equal roles and pays as men, $25 trillion would be added to the global economy by 2025. Although this is ideal, it is not an accurate representation of what the world’s finances will look like in 9 years. On the other hand, this statistic shows the potential the future has, in terms of women becoming more equal to men, to advance society not just socially.

Paraguay is among the countries with the highest teen pregnancy rates. In a rural eastern part of the country, girls are being empowered and taught about their womanhood, spanning from their rights to sex, at a local school. Although the country has a poor reputation when it comes to women’s rights, this secondary school is combatting it through reform and encouraging females to achieve their full potential. Other countries with similar gender biases are expected to change for the better, whether such changes being implemented nationwide or through smaller communities, such as the Mbaracayú Education Center in Paraguay.

Even with some occurrences that set society back with gender bias, overall, matters are looking up for women on both domestic and international levels.

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

Contact Laura at

laura.colantonio@student.shu.edu

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