Essay on Gender Role Analysis

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Gender Role Analysis

Gender Role Analysis Men and women are different. How different depends on what stereotype one chooses to believe. Although it has been argued that some stereotypes are positive, they are never beneficial. Society creates gender stereotypes and perpetuates them through societal institutions. In this paper the roles of gender will be analyzed regarding education, public policy, and the workplace. How education shapes gender, the gender norms in government, the law, policies, and the role of gender in the workplace will be discussed. Education In many cases the classroom reinforces gender stereotypes perpetuated by society. This can be found in the materials used for instruction,
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290). Also with the Supreme Court declaring that women could serve on juries freely in 1975 (Taylor vs. Louisiana) motherhood and a feminine gender were no longer viewed as a hindrance to public service. Finally women were could participate legally in combat jobs in the military in 1993, putting them on the frontlines in policy that they had been on with men for centuries without recognition.

Although new policies beneficial to women are slow to develop and gain support because it costs men some of their privileges to give women the entirety of their freedom, the government is developing new policies far more rapidly than it has in the past. One of the primary policies that the United States is attempting to engage in is gender mainstreaming. Gender mainstreaming “is a globally accepted strategy for promoting gender equality” ("Gender Mainstreaming," 2012). Gender mainstreaming requires that the government must consider gender perspective in any policy before making any decisions on that policy. This is, of course, not a panacea to discrimination in government, but it is a beginning. I can remember how excited I as a woman was at the time Hillary Clinton ran for President of the United States in 2008. To me it was the beginning of a new era of political power for women. Although she certainly was not the first woman to ever run for the