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Gender equality makes everyone better

Watch out men, your future salaries and egos are at stake.

That’s right. Women are on the rise and they’re leaving more of a mark than ever.

There’s no doubt that we’re living in changing times. The idea of stereotypical gender roles are fading while joint checking accounts and prenuptial agreements are rising.

And before I try to process all this, I realize that I’m going to a University that is not only outnumbered by females but also outperformed by them.

So what happened?

Well for starters, I’d like to think that society has evolved to allow women to move up the ladder in managerial and corporate positions. And that’s true to some extent. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics claims that women are still earning about 19 percent less than their male counterparts.

But what’s really happening is the birth of competition and out-performance.

I’m not the stereotypical male, but I can still make some generalizations about my gender. It seems to be that today’s average male is losing his ability to prioritize activities and set and achieve goals.

I’m talking about the kind of guys who have more in common with video games and pornography than they do with their own families. The guys who will grow up to have families and pour their 6 p.m. scotch at 4 p.m. because work was just too stressful to handle.

That’s what happened. We lost our inner-Steve McQueen’s by trying to be too cool.

After all, guys, not caring only goes so far, and before you know it you’ve been outcompeted.

I don’t mind this rise in competition. In fact, I welcome it. With more competition and equality comes more diversity and strength.

Today’s female leaders are more influential and powerful than ever. Individuals like Marissa Mayer and Arianna Huffington have set new standards for the corporate world, and not just for women but for men as well.

The idea of gender roles are in fact fading and it’s about time. Just ask Chris Christie how much longer can we afford to hear that men are the true breadwinners of their households.

So why have I taken the time to write this column?

First off, because I love women. I was born by one of the best, and Mother’s Day happens to be a holiday I cherish.

Secondly, most of my role models have been men who have persevered and created significant opportunities at times of despair. Today, that type of male seems to be endangered.

I want my fellow male counterparts to regain their drive and passion, because deep down, I don’t believe that chivalry should be dead or that men shouldn’t try to support their spouses. Deep down, I want people to meet their full potential.

In a society where information seems to be too accessible and less valued, academic achievement and self-reliance have lost their glamour. Yet, even in turbulent times, females have proven that they can equally meet life’s challenges.

So let’s wake up and recreate the image of the American leader as male or female, and promote all levels of talent. In the United States, greatness is all that lies ahead.

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