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Lucianne White Assessment 2 Approaches to Social Science Introduction Australians regard themselves as easygoing and egalitarian and yet the Australian society continues to marginalise certain groups Women are one of these marginalised groups The struggle for equal rights for women has been an ongoing struggle for humanity Along the way many complications and roadblocks have arisen Media beauty standards and the meaning of womanhood were some of the barriers Women still face many issues to try and be treated fairly or equal to their male counterparts Even with the progress made by the feminist movement women are still left behind in the political and economic arenas In this essay I will endeavour to present to you three things Firstly I will present an overview of women historically Secondly where women are currently in the political and economic arenas Thirdly what we can do to try and make this country fairer in these situations I will also give you a definition of two very important terms sexism and patriachy as they are both essential to understanding why women have been treated so unfairly Definitions Patriachy is a form of society in which men have all the power and women have none Wignall P 2000 Sexism is similar to the dynamics of racism Males are believed to be superior to females and when this belief is put into action it leads to females being treated as objects the last to be hired first to be fired being paid less for equal work etc httpwwwwebreforgsociologyssexismhtm Historically History is the study of the past through documents or other written and sometimes visual and oral records kept in state libraries individuals homes or by organisations Bulbeck 1993 p 459 Hunt and Colander 1999
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