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The people of the United States are hiding behind a facade of acceptance… an illusion that women are valued just as much as a man in our society. This, although a fantastic dream, is simply not true in our community today. Although many people believe that gender equality exists in today’s modern society, gender inequality can be seen blatantly affecting parts of women’s everyday life, such as in the educational system, the workplace and in health care systems. America likes to think of itself as progressive, always being innovators and having more liberal view of what a society should look like. It is apparent that America still has gender inequality as a part of it’s society even though it claims to be one of the most progressive nations in the world. People don’t acknowledge the injustice lurking beyond the surface because it happens so often. Now is the time to fight for rights that every person should have, the rights that every person is required to have, regardless of race or gender. The new generation needs to bring issues women face into the spotlight so they can be addressed for a better tomorrow. After all, society as a whole cannot function when half of the population is being held back. Education is the ultimate weapon in this world. It allows a person to blossom and find who they truly want to be and what they want to do with their life. Everyday women get subjected to inequality in their education systems, but the saddest part is that it has been so commercialized that it isn’t acknowledged as a problem. Even our own president contributes to the normalization of this horrific culture with phrases like “Grab em by the p*ssy” and “Treat them like shit”. The one safe haven that most young girls should feel free to express themselves has become a beacon to issues such the promotion of rape culture and the implement of objectifying rules such as dress codes. In 2007, one of the United States most prestigious schools, Yale University was charged with a lawsuit for “failing to eliminate a hostile sexual environment” (Bennet). Among the examples of such hostility include sexual harassment from peers as well as teachers, groping, intimidation, verbal abuse and rape… all which have gone unnoticed by the administration. Due to this lack of response to such allegations, Yale inadvertently sends out a message saying that this type of behavior is accepted here, but most importantly, it furthers the promotion of rape. This is a perfect example of the inequality that women face in their educational communities, they are not respected, they are not valued and essentially they are being told that what happens to them is not a major concern to anyone but themselves. They also do not get to express their individuality by dressing the way they choose because the administration believes that it will distract the boys at  school. This gives the image that school systems are valuing a male’s place in the education system rather than a female’s, of course this sends a incredibly powerful message to young women everywhere. It teaches our children that girls’ bodies are dangerous, powerful, and meant to be sexualised, and that boys are biologically programmed to objectify and harass them. So once again, society has failed to advocate young ladies, by confining them in a box, where they are stripped from their sense of self-respect and self-expression, rather than teaching boys that women should be respected and treated as individuals instead of objects. One year ago, Hillary Clinton stood in front of a weeping crowd, representing women everywhere. She was an inspiration to many young girls around the world and was an advocate of a new tomorrow. One which allowed girls to strive and pursue their dreams just like she had…then she lost. Now she stands as an example of the limits that women continue to face in the name of gender inequality. America is seen as the one of the most accepting nations in the world, but the sad truth is women are deprived of being treated as equal in the workplace by getting stripped of their well-deserved promotion or even by getting a substantial difference in pay. 15% of women report getting denied or being passed over a promotion because of their gender (Coveret). In the same study, 13% of women also stated that they feel like they were denied a pay raise because of their gender (Coveret). These statistics, however do not compare to the astounding 30% of women who believe that they have been the subject to gender bias in their workplace.These facts show us that women are continuously getting disrespected in a professional setting.  Women go to college, they attain the same knowledge as every single student in that classroom, disregarding gender. Yet they still experience actions which demote them as individuals. How would it feel to be seen as of lesser value purely based on your reproductive organs and not your education? Yet while gender equality has made the most progress in areas such as education and labor force participation, health inequality between men and women continues to plague many societies today. Gender discrimination in health care manifests primarily as the amount of money one pays for insurance premiums—the amount paid per month in order to be covered by insurance. Now, some people say that the gap in insurance premiums are closing because of new laws and regulations being passed in the United states. With the implementation of new bills  such as Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (informally called “Obamacare”),  people believe that gender discrimination could be changing on the health care front. Essentially, these laws prohibited insurance companies from charging men and women differently in their premiums – something that women have had to pay higher premiums on for in previous years (Coveret).  True, this was America’s first sign of true progression in the name of gender discrimination on the healthcare front, but it also had its flaws. This is largely due to regulations of private insurance companies. To rationalize the difference in rates, insurance companies claim that women use more medical services than men do, therefore it is only logical that their insurance premiums would be higher (Coveret). Due to this reasoning, many states didn’t see it as inequality and refused to pass it in their legislature. In fact, fewer than ten state governments prohibit gender discrimination in insurance premiums today. Another extremely controversial part of the healthcare industry that shows blatant sexism is in the contraceptive mandate. This presents inequalities in female and male individuals who are a patients in the healthcare industry. Many women have to pay taxes on all sexual health products, ranging from something as a frequently used as a tampon to something as necessary as birth control (Bennet). Such items are not subsidized by the government although they are necessary tools which are needed for natural purposes in a woman’s body. Most importantly, these are  needs that every woman has and is something in  which SHE HAS NO CONTROL OVER, so they shouldn’t be getting “punished” by having to pay more for these necessary items. Alternatively, services for male reproductive health, such as Viagra, are considered to be a standard part of healthcare, and are covered by insurance premiums (Bennet). This calls into question what society as a whole views necessary for a person to function, after all, since when did maintaining an erection hold more value over buying tampons for a natural part of womanhood? This just reinforces the conception that woman’s needs are constantly being put second or being held as less of a priority than a male’s. This framing of the healthcare system peels back the complex layers of our society to reveal inherent social inequalities for woman in the area of sexual health, as well as reflects the injustices that women have battle in everyday. Progression, succession, development. Growth. It’s a trait that American society prides itself on having,  but in reality, eyes are closed to insubordance that sections of our population  has to face everyday. Society is allowing for this retrogression of women’s rights by blinding it with a facade of development. Sadly, this is not the case.  From something as simple as health care needs to rape culture, women are getting demeaned and devalued. The search for equality between men and women is a never ending battle and with new administration in office,  one which is becoming increasingly harder to win. There are still doubts that women are not equal to men; even though people try to convince themselves otherwise. America is faced with day to day situations that prove that women are not considered to be equal as men, and nothing is being done to change this conception. In the United States as in many other societies, gender relationships are changing and inequalities between men and women are questioned in virtually every sphere – at work, in the home, and in public affairs. Yet the cold, hard facts show that gender gaps and inequalities continue to go on, even in the face of startling social and economic transformations and concerted movements to challenge women’s subordination.