How Are Inequalities Used in Real Life?

Racial, gender, age and socio-economic inequalities lead to discrimination against some people everyday. These inequalities are present in such aspects as education, the workplace, politics, community and even health care.

In the United States, there have been claims made that some voting laws are designed to prevent elderly, disabled and minority citizens from voting. It is also very difficult for elderly workers to find jobs as a result of age inequality that favors young workers. In many urban areas where poverty is high, there are often gaps in education. Those students who live in more affluent areas are largely seen to have access to better schools than those in the inner city. Those who live in economically depressed areas statistically do not receive adequate health care. Women still face many inequalities with regard to working. There are no laws entitling them to pay equal to that of their male counterparts, and statistics continually show that, on average, female workers earn less than their male counterparts. In some fields of business, there is a general shortage of female workers, especially in leadership roles. Sometimes, inequalities are the result of a difference in values. Same-sex couples are not permitted to marry in many states, and some companies refuse to provide birth control to female workers.