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Microinequalities Inflicted on Women

By Samantha Brennan, Christian Barry, Matt Peterson | Public Ethics Media | February 15, 2012

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In Australia, Julia Gillard is the country's first female prime minister. In the United States, Hillary Clinton set a precedent in 2008 with her campaign to become the first female president, and is now the first female secretary of state. In both these countries, and throughout the West, formal barriers to discrimination against women and other minorities were largely abolished decades ago. And in that formal way, officially sanctioned discrimination is largely a thing of the past.

Yet, inequality is a fact of life for women throughout their economic, social, and political lives. We discuss those pervasive inequalities for women, in the form of what Samantha Brennan calls microinequalities.

Samantha Brennan is a professor of political philosophy at the University of Western Ontario.

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