It May Not Be Codified, But in the United States, Women Are Still Second-Class Citizens

 

The truth hurts, but if we ever hope to achieve a society that recognizes all as equal, we have to acknowledge that women are still second-class citizens in the United States

It would seem as though the right to vote and having three women serve as Secretary of State in the last 15 years has somehow laid the issue of gender equality to rest for many people.

Well, that’s just plain wrong. Let’s look at some facts:

– Women compose only 17% of the U.S. Senate and 17.4% of the House of Representatives.

– Of our 50 states, only six are currently led by women.

– Of our nine Supreme Court justices, only three are women, and that’s the most to ever serve at one time.

– Of 23 presidential cabinet and cabinet-level positions, only 8 are women.

– There has never been a woman who has served as president or vice president.

– No woman has ever served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. and only two have been promoted to four-star general rank.

– Women are still barred from direct-combat jobs in the military.

– Of the companies on the Fortune 500, only 18 are led by women.

– Only 8% of all Nobel Prizes have been awarded to women.

– Women still earn less than men for the same work in every industry, across all levels of education and experience.

And I could go on and on and on…

Now, admittedly, some of these obviously have international factors at play, but the United States has more Fortune 500 CEOs and Nobel Prize Winners than any other country, and if we were to break down the totals of these two areas by gender, the number of women in either would be even more troubling.

This doesn’t even include the sociocultural challenges faced by women such as reproductive rights.

If this doesn’t trouble you, it may be time to check your pulse.

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