Gender as a social process

Individuals may experience inequality in many different ways. Inequality may exist in the workforce, within the family, in education, in health, in politics and in society more generally, for instance expressed through violence. However, inequality is also experienced in gendered ways (men and women experience inequality differently).
Can the perceived differences be simply a matter of ‘nature’, i.e. that men and women are good at, or vulnerable to, different things? Or does the way boys and girls are socialised, and the expectations society imposes on men and women, contribute to inequality? In this essay/presentation you will choose one area in which inequality between men and women has been noted in Ireland or in another state (education, workplace, public/private division, health, political representation, etc.) and explore how the construction of ‘gender’ within this society has contributed towards gender inequality.

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