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This article in no way indicates that women are the superior sex, but rather identifies how much improvement has been made in the fight for male and female inequality. However, this article also discusses that while women are moving up, men are plateauing, despite the fact that men are beginning to enter roles historically filled by women. The author explores the idea of “The Richer Sex,” referencing the rate of which the pay gap is decreasing, but also the gender stereotypes and biases associated with qualifications, education rates, and field requirements. Later in the article, the author identifies that similarly to how women were oppressed and denied many rights, men in today’s society are oppressed by an “equally restrictive gender mystique.” Due to this gender mystique continuously being highlighted and rewarded in the media, society has constructed a belief that men should, and will, act a certain way. However, both men and women have joined forces to combat this societal belief and are striving for equality of expectations, opportunity, and socioeconomic status. In addition to societal sexism, institutional sexism plays a negative role in the fight for gender equality. As the business world often follows tradition, many gender biases are passed along from generation to generation. This negatively influences many employees, members of high-ranking positions, and society as a whole, due to media’s portrayal and recognition of many of these roles. The author referenced many studies and surveys conducted throughout the years discussing society’s beliefs and expectations of each gender. One study found that male high school graduates will earn a larger salary for working the same job with the same hours than a female with a college degree. Another identified that most Americans believe that a college degree is necessary for a woman to get ahead in her career, but did not believe the same for men. On top of these inequities, it has also been established that amongst 22-30 year-olds living in suburban-metropolitan areas, women with MBAs will receive a starting salary that is, on average, nearly $4,600 less than men with the same credentials. The “Myth of the Male Mystique” is not a myth. In society, men are restricted and confined to a certain societal image. If the public, media, or their own community feels that they do not fit the particular mold enforced by society, their chances of being targeted, harassed or ridiculed drastically increases. So much so that, despite some men’s decision to embrace change and enter positions typically filled by women, more men are continuing to follow society’s rules. The current masculine mystique “encourages men to neglect their own self-improvement” in order to preserve their “manliness” and powerful depiction in the world. Historically, women and girls have also been more successful in education. This stereotype is still enforced today, as women are beginning to “pull ahead of men in completing college” across all demographics and socioeconomic status groups. In addition, men who choose to prioritize their family engagement are “often penalized” or set at a disadvantage in comparison to their coworkers. In order to avoid these purposeful setbacks by the hands of their employers, many men are choosing to prioritize their careers over their families, preserving their self-image and confidence, ultimately strengthening society’s biases and male stereotypes.