Lets talk about gender inequality
by René on November 21, 2014 - 10:24am
because we have students from so many countries in our both classes, I would like to use the opportunity and compare them with regard to gender inequality.
I am from Germany and we have still huge differences in gender equality. Although men and women are equal before the law in most aspects, one has only to look on the numbers to understand the big differences: In our parliament just 36.5% of the seats belong to women . Even though our chancellor (Angela Merkel) is female, 10 out of 15 ministers are male . You can continue this list no matter where you look. In every higher position (judge, military, professor ...) women are highly underrepresented. Furthermore, the inequality is influenced by problems like the gender pay gap  or glass ceiling .
If you take one step away from the level of organisations and state, you see inequality in everybody’s life. Sexual harassment and objectification of women are often visible and, sadly, often accepted. From my own perspective, I can often observe stereotypes talkiing to other people or watching the media. Even in my own words and reactions, I sometimes recognize that I treat or appraise the sexes differently.
What do you think about this? Do you exerience gender inequality your country or your own life? Let's talk about it.
This shall not be an article, but more of an invitation to discuss. So excuse all the Wikipedia-links, please : ).
 http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frauenanteil_im_Deutschen_Bundestag_seit_1949#Tabelle_1:_Frauenanteil_des_Deutschen_Bundestags_seit_1949_.28gesamt.29 (I am sorry, that link is in German)