In an ideal society, people would live their lives without facing any discrimination. When people are treated equally regardless of their gender, caste, profession, or beliefs, equality is called. It is a situation where every individual has the same rights and opportunities to grow and do well. Although we all hope for equal chances at what society has to offer, the reality is that we face many injustices in our path.
We face discrimination due to gender, skin color, cultural or financial background, or social status. But out of these, arguably the most prevalent issue would be discrimination based on gender. Gender inequality is the unequal and biased treatment of people based on their gender. It is not a local issue; it is ingrained in our society. Even in some of the most progressive communities today, we can still see examples of gender inequality.
Impact of Gender Inequality
It happens when an individual of a particular gender is given different or unfavorable treatment than a person of the other gender in the same situation. This form of inequality happens because of outdated, socially constructed gender roles.
But the biggest issue here is that most people see gender equality as a women’s problem, when in reality, by gender, we refer to all genders—male, female, transgender, and others.
Gender inequality has serious, long-lasting consequences on marginalized genders. It leads to a wide gender pay gap and increases exposure to violence, discrimination, objectification, and socioeconomic disparities. This ultimately results in anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, and even PTSD.
The exclusion of women and other marginalized genders also sidelines more than half of the world’s talent, experience, and knowledge, limiting the capacity at which our society can operate. Moreover, it does not let people speak their minds, ultimately hindering our future.
History tells us how fighting gender inequality only results in stable, safe, and productive societies. When we empower all such groups of society, they can live their lives freely and create a positive environment for growth.
How to Fight Gender Inequality
Since gender inequality is a global, age-old issue deeply rooted in our society, it is not a problem we can solve in a few days. We must begin by breaking down the bias and prejudice in people’s minds in order to dismantle it.
So first, we should focus on getting rid of this issue through education. We have to teach the younger generation to think without biased stereotypes and ensure they consume media that encourages the same. To ensure these beliefs last, we must show them how activities like sports and hobbies are not gender-based.
We should also strive to give women, transgender people, and other marginalized communities more opportunities. They should be given platforms to be in power equal chances as their male counterparts in school, university, and the professional world. Giving them an equal footing helps empower them socially, mentally, and economically and improves society.
Furthermore, we should also see to it that gender equality is promoted in the professional fields. For example, some people believe men are more suited for specific jobs—which is not the case. We should encourage open discussions and open mindsets to truly embed the idea of equality in people’s minds.
Inequality won’t get us anywhere. Only once these hindrances are removed can people live up to their true potential. We can make it happen by approaching it step-by-step and gradually eliminating closed-minded traditions and mindsets. Rome isn’t built in a day, after all.