The first step I took in the process of writing this research paper was to find out what I actually wanted to research. It took me quite a while because the topic I originally wanted to research, abortion, was one of the only topic the class was not allowed to research about. So instead I decided I wanted to do something similar to abortion that I was passionate about and came up with women’s rights. More specifically I wanted to show that sexism against women is still an issue in American society. Sexism against women in America is something that affect me personally, as well as every other woman in the United States.
Once I chose my topic, I immediately starting looking for articles talking about sexism in America. I came up with several articles and they have shown me that sexism against women is still a very real thing in America, despite all the great achievements women have made. These articles have shown me that seixsm is found in all different aspects of society, like in schools, politics and most of all the workplace. Despite this I have also learned that sexism isn’t as prevalent I had once thought, but is still something that needs to be dealt with.
Many of the articles I found had to do with sexism in the workplace. In some of these articles I learned the for every dollar a man earns, a woman in the same position only earns about 78 cents to that dollar. Before reading more on my topic I knew that there was a wage gap, but not that women only earned that much less than men. I also learned that women are also less likely to be promoted compared to that of a man. In example, compared to the entry level where men occupy 54% of jobs and women hold 46%, when you get to the top, or the C-Suit, only 19% that hold jobs at this level are women. This was not something I had previously thought was a problem, at least not to the extent that it was. I previously had thought that more women held a greater number of jobs in higher level positions, such as a CEO, than they actually do. The other articles discussed sexism in the 2016 election and also how the dress codes at many schools focus most of their attention on the female population, rather than the males.
At this point in my research I still have much to read and explore. I still need to find more articles and statistics, as well as interview people and take surveys. I plan to find more articles that show both point of views of my argument: that sexism exists and that it doesn’t exist in present day America. I’d like to find people to interview on their point of view of sexism in America also. Overall, I’m happy with my progress and am excited to find more evidence of sexism in America so that hopefully it will shed some light on my topic.