Women have always been stigmatized by the role they have to play in society, from birth they are supposed to be delicate, to be dressed in pink, and they are expected to play with dolls. Men, on the other hand, have been always expected to be the “stronger gender”, the ones who play with cars and the ones who wear blue. In the adulthood men are suppose to be the head of the household and the ones responsible for the family, but truly Who has been always in charge of the family? In reality, women had and still has to deal with many roles in society, for instance a woman could be a mother (and father at the same time), a wife, a student, a professional, a grandmother, and she could be some of these or all at the same time, and however she is paid only for a single job.
When I think about gender and its inequalities I go back in time through history and it is easy to recognize times when women didn’t have as much rights as men, times where women didn’t have any rights at all. Men and women had their respective societal roles and woman suffered from an economic dependence on men; comparing passed times with our actual time it is obvious that many changes had happened in our society. Now days, women are considered equal to men in many ways, for instance, education, and jobs opportunities. Educational levels are similar for both genders even tough women have more difficulties in the labor market, not only to access to positions of greater responsibility and social prestige, but also comparing to the wages paid, but at least women are allowed to do it and to prove themselves and others their aptitudes in different areas. When we speak about gender inequality it is easy to link it with sexism; but currently, it is not surprising to find an electrician woman or a man cook, and it is about time to open our eyes and see that both women and men should have the same opportunities, and see that women worth more than they are actually considered because “The labor of women in the house, certainly, enables men to produce more wealth than they otherwise could; and in this way women are economic factors in society. But so are horses.” -Charlotte Perkins Gilman-