What Are the Main Issues With Gender Inequality?


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Internationally, gender inequality is prevalent in many areas of life, including education, employment, medical care, laws and violence. There are overt examples of inequality, such as a large discrepancy in pay between men and women, and more subtle examples of inequality, such as different interview questions asked of women than men.

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What Are the Main Issues With Gender Inequality?
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Gender inequality spawns a striking ratio of boys to girls in China and India, two of the most populous countries in the world. Perceptions of males as being the stronger, more intelligent and less expensive gender, combined with the "one child only" policy, leads to sex-selective abortions in China. Consequently, there are roughly 32 million more boys than girls under the age of 20 in the country.

On average, full-time working women in the United States earn 77 cents to every dollar earned by men for equivalent work in 2015, and the gap is more predominant for women of color. African-American women earn 64 cents and Latina women earn 56 cents for every dollar earned by a Caucasian man, according to U.S. Census statistics.

Women aren't allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, and they are averted from employment that would put them near a man. Approximately 15 million girls under the age of 18 are married worldwide, typically with little to no say in the decision, while female genital mutilation impacts over 125 million girls and women alive in 2015.

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