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The Issues

We define gender discrimination as social, economic, and political inequality based on gender. Our position is that persecution for any reason is unacceptable in a modern society, and that's why our girlsCAN! Mentors are working hard to teach our girls how to stamp out gender stereotypes that make it hard for them to enjoy their right to eauality. We work to end obvious bias like opportunity limitations, wage inequity, workplace bias, domestic abuse, and sexual harassment, as well as more subtle forms of bias.

Growing up is challenging enough without gender stereotyping creating an added burden for our girls to contend with. That's why GenderEqual is working hard to eliminate gender stereotypes. But until we do, girls need to learn skills that can protect them from the limitations placed on them.

The Statistics

Limitations that result in only 19% of the Members of Congress being women in a country where girls and women represent over 50% of the population. Limitations that explain why only 3.6% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women and the average woman earns 78% of what her male counterpart earns. Limitations that have resulted in 95% of the wealth of the world's richest 400 people being controlled by men. And limitations that cause girls as young as 7-years-old to believe they aren't good at math and sciences.

GenderEqual created the girlsCAN! program to teach girls how to prevent gender stereotypes from limiting their success. Because when our girls succeed, America succeeds! The many forms of gender bias can be classified into the following categories.

Physical/Psychological Discrimination

This category involves any form of gender bias that results in physical or psychological harm, and includes domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, verbal and physical abuse, 'honor' killing, and female genital mutilation. Most of the behavior in this category is obvious, but some forms of hostile sexism can often be difficult to see, for example psychological abuse. Regardless of the form or severity, the goal of physical and psychological abuse is to suppress and control females.

Financial/Participation Discrimination

The most common forms of financial gender bias are pay inequality and the glass ceiling. The glass ceiling is also a form of participation bias since it both reduces pay and minimizes women's workplace participation. Females are also excluded—or have lower participation rates—from participating in many economic and social aspects in our society. For example, it's common for girls to be restricted from participating in certain sports, not because they're not capable, but simply because they're girls.