11 surprising double standards that still exist for women in the US

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Even though the world is reaching the heights in terms of progress but there’s still a long way to go. When it comes to women empowerment, we are lagging behind somewhere. There are still a few places that consider women to be inferior to men and have double standards that women have to face. Have a look at the following 11 points which clearly show that women are still treated unfairly in the US.

#10. Women pay more for the same everyday items because of the “pink tax.”

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Women have to pay higher price for their necessities more than men. From everyday items like deodorant and clothing to services such as haircuts and dry-cleaning to mortgages and car insurance, they are not allowed with any discounts.

#11. Women’s clothing often doesn’t have pockets, while men always have a place for their wallet, keys, and phone.

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Designers of women’s clothing intentionally forget to design pockets in their clothes because they assume that women can hold their essentials themselves or can carry them in a purse.

1. Women are still not paid the same wages as men for doing the same jobs in the US.

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In 1963, An act of Equal Pay was signed but US is still unable to reach that goal and fails in giving equal pay to women for equal work. An average American woman earns approximately 80.5 cents for every dollar a man earns and women’s median annual earnings are $10,086 less than men’s, according to data from the US Census Bureau.

#2. Research shows that women who have had more intimate partners are stigmatized, but men are rewarded.

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In the twenty-first century, there still exist some predominant almighty people who consider women less compatible than men. As per 2009 study published in Social Psychology Quarterly, it has been found that boys and men are rewarded and praised for heterosexual physical contacts, whereas girls and women are derogated and stigmatized for similar behaviors

#3. Assertive women are often considered “bossy.”

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An emphatic, successful woman is considered as “bossy” in the US and less likable than a man. Women are treated differently in the workplace.

#4. Women are still expected to change their last name when they get married.

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Marriage consists of various rituals and one of them is to adopt the husband’s name by the woman in which she gets married and transfers from her father’s ownership to her husband’s. A study of wedding announcements in The New York Times from 1971 to 2005 found that 18% of brides kept their own names. Only nine states have laws that help a man change his name after marriage.

#5. Cleavage is prevalent in advertisements and media, but women breastfeeding their children in public are often told to cover up.

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In this modernized world, it’s considered totally wrong, if a woman is feeding her baby in public, however, cleavage is acceptable in advertisements and media.

#6. Men are disproportionately praised for taking care of their children, whereas women are expected to be caregivers.

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According to some researches of 1998, Psychology of Women Quarterly state that fathers get more appraisal than mothers for their involvement in parenting and mothers get praised for their ability to successfully combine work and family.

#7. Women may be more likely to die of a heart attack if they have a male doctor.

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It’s been found that if male doctors treat women during heart-attack, then chances for their death are more, whereas if the doctor is female, women can live longer.

#8. Any parenting decision a woman makes is subject to “mom shaming.”

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C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll conducted a study on Children’s Health from the University of Michigan surveyed 475 mothers with at least one child under the age of 5 years old and six out of 10 moms reported that they had been shamed for their parenting choices.

#9.”Dad bods” are considered attractive, but women are expected to lose baby weight after giving birth instantly.

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Women in the US are expected to get back in their real shape after having a baby.
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