Are Men and Women Equal?

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Photo used under the Creative Commons License via Wikimedia Commons.

Lizzie Richards, Staff Writer

Are men and women equal? This has been a question asked ever since the women’s suffrage movement in 1848 led by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. This movement was to show that men and women should be equal and have the same rights.

Before 1920, women could not vote. Women were not able to own or buy land, nor were they allowed to buy anything without their husband’s or father’s company, and they could not get bathing suits that showed too much skin (8 Things). Men were the king of the world, that is up until Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony had enough of this. They started gathering women around Seneca falls. Around 240 men and women gathered.

Men and women are not treated equally in the workplace. As for pay, women and men are not equal. The average pay for women working full time is $706 compared to men which is $860. It may only be 1.218% difference but it is still a difference. Women work hard to get paid less. Additionally, only 24 out of every 500 fortune five hundred companies has a female CEO.That is 476 men compared to 24 women. If calculated as a percent only 4.8% of the CEOs are women. The Wall Street Journal recently found that “women CEOs still get paid a fraction of what their male counterparts earn. Former Mattel CEO Georgiadis was the highest-paid female CEO of 2017, with compensation totaling $31.3 million. Still, that’s one-third of what the highest-paid male CEO, Broadcam’s Hock Tan, made in 2017 ($103.2 million)” (Mejia 1).

Women also are not equally represented in politics and the government. As for U.S. presidents, all of them have been male. Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for president on 1872 (Biography Editors, “Victoria Woodhull”). Yet, she was not chosen for reasons, I believe, are not being male. If she was a man, would she have won? It’s a question I will always ask to prove my point of women not being as privileged as men. Since Woodhull, other women have also ran for president and lost. Even in the other parts of the U.S. government there are more men than women. Right now, only twenty six out of one hundred Senate members are female. Then, over in the House of Representatives there are 101 women out of the total 435 that serve (Rutgers University “Women in Elective Office 2020). This means that out of the total 535 serving for the Senate and House of Representatives only 127 of them are women. This means that only 24% of the representatives between these two houses are women. With 50.8% of the U.S. population being female, this doesn’t seem like equal or fair representation (U.S. Census Bureau 1).

Even though Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton did not live to see the day all their hard work paid off we sure appreciate all their hard work. Without them all us women could not be in school or own land. Women should have the same rights.Thanks to Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton we proved that.

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