Let's talk about inequality

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Let's talk about inequality

Inequality has been a topic of discussion throughout history as well as throughout different mediums such as literature and digital works. The purpose of this project is to demonstrate the persistence of inequality both in the past and present and in all types of forms.

If you want to hear a compelling argument about the basis of inequality, then read Discourse on Inequality. Rousseau contends that society is the main source of inequality. He compares human beings in their natural state to humans functioning in society and lists the major differences between the two. In our natural state we only really care about survival, whereas in society we care about our respective roles and how much property we have. He argues that society is predisposed for inequality because people tend to take advantage of others. However, people do not say anything, implying consent, which eventually also leads to political inequality. Rousseau sees the injustice in this and alludes to some solutions.

Now, if you want something more contemporary then A Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela is the work for you. I believe that Nelson Mandela is a household name but very few people really know what he went through in fighting against apartheid. For those who do not know, apartheid was intense racial segregation in South Africa as a result of the National Party gaining control on government in 1948. Blacks and whites were legally not allowed to interact with each other. The blacks got the low end of the deal and as a result many of them died or were incarcerated for long periods of time. Mandela's autobiography describes these experiences through the eyes of someone very invovled in the ending of apartheid.

A Long Walk to Freedom

Discourse on Inequality

If you don't like reading and want to see inequality to play out in something digital and more contemporary, Black Hawk down is a great choice. It's based on the UN mission during the civil war in Somalia in 1993. Mohamed Farrah Aided and his militia wanted to gain control of the region and assert their dominance by thwarting aid to the people, namely in the form of food shipments. Therefore, if a citizen did not follow Aided they most likely lived in poor conditions and many died as a result of these conditions as well as at the hands of the militia. On the other hand, Aided and his followers lived comfortably, with guns and shelter. Therefore, it was the job of the UN to combat this inequality and help the citizens of Somalia.

If you're into science then this work is great for you. We all learn about Galileo Galiei as a great scientist who has contributed greatly to his field. Arguably, his most notable discovery was the heliocentric model of the universe. But, back when he made this discovery he was not appreciated for it. In fact, he was chastised, tried before the church, and condemned as a heretic. Galileo was automatically judged by the people because of his outspoken personality as well as out of pure jealousy. On the other hand, Copernicus, a fellow scientist who laid the foundations of this discovery, was praised for his abilities. Sadly, Galileo lived the rest of his life this way and was only recognized for his discoveries after he died.


Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina

Let's talk about inequality...

The Foundation

The Past

Black Hawk Down

Digital Media

As a biology major with a roomate who is a mechanical engineering major, we often have conversations about gender inequality in the sciences. It's really not that prevalent in biology, unless you're interested in surgery. However, in engineering it is HUGE where most of her classes are predominantly male and are known to get paid more after college. I find it interesting to see that even now inequality plays a part in our lives and it seems like it's never going to end.

Inequality in the Sciences


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