Gender inequality is a known issue, and has been a part of society for longer than recorded human history. The suppression of women has been clear, and still is evident today in a much subtler fashion. Gender inequality obviously causes issues for the gender that is being treated unfairly, but it also hinders society’s progression as an entity.
Gender inequality is slowly but surely becoming a thing of the past, as society progresses and people realize the importance and fairness of equal rights. However, unfair treatment and discrimination still roams, especially in the undeveloped countries (for both religious and cultural reasons)
. As previously stated, gender inequality is a hindrance to society’s progression. For starters, the discrimination against one of the two genders causes an inefficient distribution of the workload, as well as a separation of powers that isn’t efficient. If the male-gender is more likely to reach high up on the career-ladder due to discrimination of their gender counterparts, the most influential people will not be the ones that are the most suited to have said influence. This causes a reduced economic growth and wealth creation, along with a society roamed by suppression of individuals. Unchallenged cultures of male dominance lead to exclusion of many women. This effectively sidelines a large portion of the world’s talent, causing society to run at decreased capacity. Source
Though it’s easy to convince oneself that only the gender at hand suffers from the discrimination against said gender, there is a lot of proof that say otherwise (Source). The gender inequality and separation causes both genders to be put in certain roles, which effectively refrains them from taking certain actions. These set gender roles cause strong female personas to get shut down, and the emotional side of men to be frowned upon. This causes women to have an overall reduced self-esteem, whilst men will refrain from showing their emotions and contacting help when they need it.
Gender inequality has a lot of different sides to it, and negatively harms both humans economic social structure and their psychological state. We’ve come a long way towards racial equality, but women and men still don’t have equal rights. Gender equality is essential in order to maximize human progression and inevitably tackle other global challenges.