Women Rule the World

by sconti on October 12, 2016 - 6:47pm

As a child, boys and girls would always pick on the opposite sex about who was better. Little did we know that it was all based on the numbers of men and women that were in the world. Since 1960, men have outnumbered women in the world. Which means that for every 100 women there are 101.8 men. However, a recent map from the Pew Research Center shows there is an equal amount of men to women. Based on the map, Latvia, Lithuania, Armenia, Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and Estonia are several countries that have the largest female population. Although this may seem outstanding to you, its has been said that numbers of men versus women can change at any given time. For example, The Washington Post article claims to say “In Russia, for example, there are more newborn boys than girls each year, and men continue to outnumber women until age 31. But from age 32 onward, there are more women than men, with the gap widening every year.” 

 

The number of growing women started back In World War I. This growth continued through the civil war and also during the “Great Terror” in the Soviet Union. During 1939, there were 91.9 men for every 100 women. After World War II, the number of men dropped. This brought the count to 81.9 men to every 100 women. The men population did make a come back during the 1990’s because of the mortality among men. However, most men would die young due to the effect of men drinking too much alcohol in Russia.

 

As to who really “rules the world”, well that all depends on what sex there are more of in that given year. Just like anything else, numbers can always change causing there to be different outcomes every year.

 

Work Cited:

Smirnova, Julia and Cai, Weiyi. See where women outnumber men around the world (and why). (n.d.). Retrieved October 12, 2016, from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/08/19/see-where-w...

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Hi sconti! Your article was very objective, factual and I learned a lot about the dispersion of gender throughout the world. The only subjective thing about it was the title and as a woman myself, I enjoyed it. However, as for who “rules the world” in your last sentence, I believe that it has more to do with the pre-conceived ideas of gender rather than the numbers that define them. Since the beginning of time and in most all societies, the system has always been revolved around men and patriarchal values; whether it be the right to vote, the opportunity to be leaders in their country or even sexual liberty and dominance, men have always had the upper-hand. In Western culture, women’s power only gained momentum with the rise of the waves of feminism beginning in the 19th century and progressing till this day. It’s fair to say that power mostly remains in men’s hands regardless of how many there are in the world, and that women are left behind in the corporate and political world. One of the reasons why, seems to be because they are put on the “mommy track”, which prioritizes bearing children over climbing the financial ladder. According to the economist, “they occupy only 28% of senior managerial posts, 14% of seats on executive committees and just 3% of chief-executive roles”, so depending on how each individual measures power and “ruling”, women still have a lot of progress to do before they “rule the world”… Let’s start with equal pay first.

Works cited
"The Mommy Track." The Economist. The Economist Newspaper, 2012. Web. 12 Oct. 2016. http://www.economist.com/node/21560856

Very interesting post Sconti! I found your statistic regarding the Russian population particularly captivating which described how there are more men under the age of 31 and afterwards there are more women. As well, as a woman, I really enjoyed your title and it caught my attention immediately. As much as it is important to consider that there are more men in the world than there are women at a certain time as you have noted, it is not the key factor in determining which gender in fact “rules” over the other gender. Accordingly, I do not believe that any gender should be seen as superior but our social constructs have lead us to believe otherwise. Even though the fight for feminism has been active since the late 19th century and early 20th century, it is important to notice that women still do not receive equal political, economic and social rights to men. Therefore, men are the dominant and powerful gender in our contemporary society.

Women suffer from these inequalities in the workplace. For instance, in Alberta, women make 63 cents for every dollar a man makes. This disparity can be explained by the glass ceiling, which is a term defined by an invisible barrier that prevents women and invisible minorities from advancing in the corporate hierarchy. (Feminist Majority Foundation) Another term to explain the gender wage gap and explain why women have fewer career options is the concept of Mommy Track: “Diminishing opportunities for women face after having children.” An interesting article published by The Economist in August 2012, analyses this concept and demonstrates how the Mommy Track often leads women to choose between entirely devoting their lives to their families or to their jobs. Men are rarely pressured with this decision and they rarely face gender based discrimination in the workplace, which explains how this is a gendered problem.

To sum, no gender is superior but as a result of social constructs, society has been lead to believe and act otherwise. Therefore, the number of men and women in the world does not determine which gender rules over the other.To this day, women still experience inequalities in the workplace as well as in politics and in social settings. This can be explained by biological factors that distinguish both genders and define the female body as biologically inferior. Consequently, there work is seen as less valuable and they are also seen as irrational beings, which establishes this basis that men are powerful subjects and women are objects in society. Therefore, this completely shapes how gender is performed and how society acts.

Works Cited
"Empowering Women in Business - The Glass Ceiling - Feminist Majority Foundation." Empowering Women in Business - The Glass Ceiling - Feminist Majority Foundation. N.p., 2014. Web. 13 Oct. 2016. http://www.feminist.org/research/business/ewb_glass.html
"The Mommy Track." The Economist. The Economist Newspaper, 25 Aug. 2012. Web. 13 Oct. 2016. http://www.economist.com/node/21560856

Hi sconti,

Your title really captured my attention! However, your post went a different direction than I had expected.I did not know that the males outnumbered females globally although I knew that was the case in some countries such as China where gender discrimination is much more prominent.The reason for the large gender imbalance in China is largely due to the One-Child Policy (Ping, 2015). The One-Child Policy was created in order to control China's growing population. The policy allows each Chinese family to have only one child. You can see that this is problematic right from the beginning. In Chinese culture, men are more valued than women. Therefore, when it comes to having a child, most often than not, couples would choose to have a son. This resulted in a heavily skewed male to female ratio in China.

However, I would have to disagree with your last statement regarding the sex that is the most abundant as the sex that rules the world. I believe that no matter what the ratio is, most societies around the world tend to favor males. This is deeply engrained in our society and it extends way back to our past.

Ping, L. (2015, January 22). Chinese Men Outnumber Women by 33 Million After Decades of Gender Bias. Radio Free Asia. Retrieved from http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/gender-01222015125826.html

Hi Sconti,

Interesting post! What initially attracted me to this post was the title - I thought to myself that this could be a potentially controversial topic (based on the history of gender inequality), which is always exciting to read about. However, you took a more neutral and unbiased approach, which was great! You provided many facts and your post was very informative. However, I do believe there are more than just population statistics that "rule the world."

Despite the ratio of males/females on earth at a given time, there are so many other factors that contribute to determining which sex is superior over the other, or result in equality. For example, if we considered income, would women still rule the world? If we considered the social status of many different countries around the world, would women still rule the world? If we considered the ratio of males/females in different employment sectors, would women still rule the world?

There is an underlying complexity to this issue, which restricts us from looking at one statistical factor and determining the superiority between males and females. I'm all for women empowerment and the concept of women "ruling the world", but I'm not convinced we're there yet.

Hi sconti, your post on dispersion of gender in the world was very well rounded in the sense of presenting both sides perspectives in a efficient matter. I was very intrigued when I saw your post's title and it already stimulated my thinking on what the context of your article composes. I thought it was very interesting to discuss the different aspects that contribute to population variation between gender as I have never thought about it that way.

This topic has so many elements that contribute to its end result, which can counter truly defining and stating the statistical significance of all the aspects of gender dispersal trends. Therefore, doesn't culture and society values specific to different countries play a major role of outlook on gender dominance? Thus, I tend to not agree with your statement "As to who really “rules the world”, well that all depends on what sex there are more of in that given year.", as there is inequalities embedded among-st society treatment and perspective in classifying male vs female dominance. But, respect the fact that increasing and larger numbers of males or female contributes to greater presence of assertion, though not being the lone factor.

Once again great post sconti! You have created great discussion and presented an interesting topic in an effective manner.

Hello Sconti, very interesting post. Your post was initially stimulating to the reader with the addition of your title. As I continued to read, I became very interested and intrigued by the factual comparison between the varying genders as well as the variation between geographic locations. Your unbiased approach allowed the reader to obtain statistical information on the subject while being able to construct a personal opinion regarding the “touchy” subject of equality throughout gender types.

After reading your effective post, the only implication I could associate with, would be the lack of other factors. Clearly, as stated in the post, population abundance can play a large role in this contrast although I believe that there can be many other features swaying the varying densities. Addressing these other features will aid the reader in ultimately determining an accurate opinion within the topic of gender dominance.

Hi there,

Great post! I was definitely drawn to your post by your short and witty title. I am a female who truly believes that women are powerful and have been taught this my entire life. It's interesting to find out that there are countries in which women outnumber men as it is typically the other way around. Attending the University of Guelph, it is said that there are approximately 7 women to 1 man. I don't exactly believe this statement as I see a relatively equal distribution of both genders across campus, but it is hard to say without completing a study of the entire campus population. It would be interesting to live in a world that is equally distributed between men and women.

Your post was short, to the point, and informative. Great job!

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