Age, Gender and Status

“Age, Gender, and Status”

Anette Cruise
July 8, 2012
Marcilio Farias

Age, Gender, and Status

The relationship of status and age to gender in the U.S. is considerably more advanced than the relationship of status and age and gender in other countries. Chaney and Martin (2007) stated that “the United States is often a catalyst for international change.” (p. 165). Basically, the advancements made in the U.S. reverberate worldwide, causing a wave of change and progress. Status is determined in many countries by money, rank or education, whereas in the U.S. status is determined mainly by money and education, but rank is not given much importance. Women’s status in society is perceived differently in other countries from what we are accustomed to in the U.S. While American women are progressively gaining more equality in the business world, other countries do not allow women to become part of the management of a company. Age is another factor determining status which varies from our culture by contrast. Some cultures venerate age, attributing it more heft than rank.
Money, whether inherited or earned, dictates the status of many people around the world. Chaney and Martin (2007) stated that “Further distinctions are made between those who have inherited money but are not currently employed and those who have inherited money and are employed.” (p. 164). Such is the case in the U.S. where upper- middle class, mid-middle class, and lower-middle class are dictated by the amount of money a person possesses. In other countries where there is no middle class, only the rich and the poor exist. Basically, a person is either born into money or he/she isn’t. The rank of a person is also a determining factor for class in other countries, “Some cultures believe that people should occupy their proper places and that some are entitled to more respect than others.” (“Cheney & Martin”, 2007, p. 164). Americans do not show much importance toward rank as compared...