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2085: The year the gender gap closes

Ladies, we have a long ways to go until we equal men in leadership roles in government/politics, business, entrepreneurship and nonprofits.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Mar 8, 2013 6:24PM

According to a study by the Women’s College of the University of Denver and the White House Project, it will take until 2085 for women to equal men in leadership roles in government/politics, business, entrepreneurship and nonprofits if women continue to progress at their current pace reports Policy Mic.

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During Women’s History Month, it’s important to celebrate the accomplishments of women. However, we also need to recognize how far we have to go until we’re on equal footing with men in the media.

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Take a look at some of the findings in a new report by the Women’s Media Center:

  • Only 17 women at media and technology companies are on Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business.”
  • By a nearly 3 to 1 margin, male front-page bylines at top newspapers outnumbered female bylines in coverage of the 2012 presidential election.
  • In both legacy and online news sites, women are too often relegated to writing about the “pink topics” of food, family, furniture and fashion.
  • Forty-seven percent of gamers are women, but 88 percent of video games developers are male.
  • Women comprised just 9 percent of the directors of the top 250 domestic grossing films of 2012.
  • Girls as young as age six are starting to see themselves as sex objects, based on a combination of media influence, a mother’s parenting and religion.

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Alot of magazines make this big fuss about women getting left behind on wages in comparison to men. This is not really the whole story, while more men are in leadership positions, more men are also at the bottom rung as grunts or heavy lifters. Women tend to occupy skilled positions and be middle rankers.  For the same position, yes, it is unfair. But some of these statistics are out of date or not showing the full picture.

That said, we had the chance to fill the presidential position twice with women, (one conservative, one liberal). Instead both times we chose a black president, who (before anyone cries "racism") regardless of his race has done little good and alot of harm through overspending and passing bills nobody wanted. 

We are still a long way from securing equal rights in leadership for women. If I, a man, know this, it should be blatantly obvious for any women who aren't in denial.

Considering clitoridectomies for Allah are preferred in Egypt and Islam is the religion promoted at all costs by the United States, women will not have equality until Islam permits women to have equality and that is only when Islam ceases to exist. So, it is doubtful that women will have equality for at least 1,000 years.
Mar 11, 2013 5:24AM
Look, gender equality is important but, in terms of relationships (i.e., male-female getting together for procreation and advancement of the species), along the way we have forgotten that 50/50 is neither ideal nor realistic. 

I know it's old-fashioned to talk about society in terms of male-female but two men cannot make a baby naturally. 

American society is on serious decline because people get together and have kids but no one wants to raise the kids they have. Taking a few months off and tossing your kids into day care is not "raising your kids". That's seeing your kids a few hours a day, i.e., mandated visitation. 

In a two-person relationship, if you're going to have kids then one of the parents needs to be willing to put off the career for a few (perhaps 10) years to actually raise their kids. 

True gender equality won't be achieved until society can have an honest discussion about family structure and child-rearing. Right now, we have pseudo systems in place to provide women with more opportunities but that is not addressing the issue, only pretending the problem doesn't exist. 
Mar 11, 2013 5:07AM




Mar 11, 2013 5:03AM
If anything Gender Gap is expanding as more Empty Skirts try to run this world.
Mar 11, 2013 4:59AM
Women still have to decide what they want. Their priorities will dictate the whole idea of an equal playing field. Having it all is often having nothing. Ambition and power may be what most men want, but does that mean that most women will want it. I give women too much credit for that. We will see what the changes bring, but we could all use more intelligent and compassionate women in leadership roles, especially the political leadership of this country.  
Mar 11, 2013 4:48AM
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