Global Perspective Gender inequality is widespread throughout the U.S. and around the world. In all parts of the world the rate of illiteracy is higher among women than men. Women are poorly represented in political positions where important decisions are made. Poor women in many developing countries have been among the victims of a capitalist world economy.
Future Prospects The future of gender inequality will depend on the feminist movement and how much collective action is mobilized around the world. The women’s movement refers to the collective activities of individuals, groups, and organizations whose goal is the fair and equal treatment of women and men around the world.
Future Prospects In good part because of the effective use of collective action by gays and lesbians, homosexuality is more public and widely accepted today, and is more protected from discrimination and other negative reactions. However, significant sources of homophobia persist.