“I hope that by 2020, we can talk about gender inequality in historical terms”.

- Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka


Rashmi Hegde



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Let’s look at the college life through the lens of this desired improvement. 

Gender inequality issues have been a topic of numerous discussions and arguments. A modern society is often referred to as society of equality. Many people claim that female bias is decreasing. Gender issues have been erased in some aspects of life while they remain or appear very predominant in other dimensions of society. All of us come across some or the other case of gender bias in our school, college or work. Why does this still prevail even after so much of awareness? The answer to this is the way we have been brought up. As a society, we associate a high level of intellectual ability with males more than females, and research suggests that this association is picked up by children as young 6 and 7. In good families, children are told “women can drive, play sports and that even men cry”.  There is nothing wrong in it, isn’t it? But these sayings question a child’s tender yet unquenching curiosity. “Were women not allowed to drive or play sports? Were men laughed at when they cried?” The child observes its surroundings to get these answers and notices every possible peculiarity in entirety, to decide the right and wrong. While in orthodox patriarchal families, women are openly humiliated and raised in this way, some of them feel right to oppose. In both cases, a person’s individual thought is in contemplation. What if they are told nothing about inequalities and always encouraged to pursue their interests and understand their feelings as a human being and taught them to stand against anything wrong done to humanity? 

As we grow, we study and end up in a college with people having similar interests and career plans. Colleges give equal education to every student. But what remains unnoticed is the small things which are actually a crucial piece in a big puzzle. 

To begin with, girls have a time limit to roam around the campus. Why? Have these teenagers (fellow boys) been brought up to become eve-teasers? Or are girls being looked upon as a distraction? If you want them to study rather than wasting time, then why are boys given this excuse? They can easily be asked to stay indoors like the new batches and study without the unnecessary roaming privileges.

Coming to the second point, bringing attention to limited access, girls are denied access to library whenever they want, not in case of the boys. Okay, let me just accept this fact that if girls and boys end up spending all time together in this age of hormone rush, then they would become negligent towards their studies and merely become a distraction to each other, and is it why these measures are taken? Is the college, who are taking the easier route of “protecting” its girl students from the real world, making any real differences or justifying the veiled bias.  On the contrary, as a solution why can’t we implement a system where every alternate year the girls are given these freedom and boys are not and vice-versa. This could be a significant step in solving the problem. 

Lastly, Sitting in the same classroom, reading the same textbook, listening to the same teacher, boys and girls receive very different educations,why are girls given better marks or grades than their male companions by some professors? If they are wrong, then they are; there is no need to give false help, relief and put them at ease. Let them fail, and fight their own battle, without any sympathizers. Unless teachers are made aware of the gender-role socialization and the biased messages they are unintentionally imparting, and until teachers are provided with the methods and resources necessary to eliminate gender-bias in their classrooms, girls will continue to receive an prejudiced learning.

There is still no clarity as to how and where the stereotypes come from.

Departments of education should be providing mandatory gender-equity resource modules to in-service teachers, and gender bias needs to be addressed with all pre-service teachers. Educators need to be made aware of the bias they are reinforcing in their students through socialization messages, inequitable division of special education service and unbalanced time and types of attention spent on boys and girls in the classroom. 

Until educational sexism is eradicated, many children will be shortchanged with their gifts lost to society. Gender bias in education is an insidious problem that causes very few people to stand up and take notice. The victims of this bias have been trained through years of schooling to be silent and passive, and are therefore unwilling to stand up and make noise about the unfair treatment

Gender diversity promotes scientific creativity and innovation. Furthermore, lower success rates for women in science represent a shortcoming in social justice and reduce role models for young women, perpetuating the lack of women in the pipeline.

 

Edited By :

Priyanka borwanker




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