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Gender Discrimination

SEXISM IS AN IDEOLOGY that suggests one sex is inherently superior to the other. Such beliefs support gender prejudice (attitudes) and gender discrimination (actions that perpetuate differences in hiring, promotion, and pay). Sex discrimination exists in various forms, and women aren't always the victims: about 10 percent of complaints filed come from men.

Sex discrimination occurs when people are treated differently because of their gender. Examples of discrimination can involve pay disparity, hiring and firing, promotions, sexual harassment, and pregnancy.

Equality for American women made significant gains in the latter part of the 20th century, including legal pressure for equal pay for comparable work, greater access to traditionally male dominated jobs, and changes in the law to discourage sexual harassment. Men have also benefited from these laws. ...

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