An American insitution has taken a huge step forward in the fight against gender inequality...

In spite of how far we've come, rigid gender roles still exist in society.

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And they can cause huge problems.

Now, there's no denying that society's expectations of women have indeed been changing.

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Over the last half-century, across the developed world, more and more women have gone to work, the gender pay gap has been steadily narrowing, and fathers have spent more time with their children.

However, gender equality for women still lags.

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There are areas where feminism is still very much needed.

Sadly, women are often haunted by the 1950s housewife stereotype...

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And are therefore given the bulk of household responsibilities, for instance.

It is a real issue in today's society.

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Studies have found that married American mothers spend almost twice as much time on housework and child care than married fathers do.

And, overall in the U.S., women clean more than men do.

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American men did an average of fifteen minutes of housework each day, while women did forty-five, the American Time Use Study found.

The study also found that most men - seventy-seven percent - did no housework on any given day at all...

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While most women - fifty-five percent - did at least some.

But that's not all.

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Many older institutions have traditionally excluded female participants.

This isn't just damaging on an individual level.

By putting up barriers between genders, it can create societal norms that are difficult to shake.

However, there has been progress recently.


And some huge news has hit today that the internet is loving.

2 years after the monumental decision to allow girls to join the Boy Scouts, more than 1,000 have reached the highest scouting level.

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Making them the first ever female Eagle Scouts.

"I don't think any of us really thought this day would come," said one, Kendall Jackson.

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"For me to be a part of that first class and say that I did it, I'm really proud of myself."

"As a girl, when I stepped up to leadership positions I was often called bossy, which is a terrible thing to tell any young girl who is stepping up and trying to help out a group. Scouting taught me how to be a great leader," agreed another, Isabella Tunney.

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"Eagle Scout is so much more than a medal or an award. It's an expectation and a lifestyle. It means that you're a role model to your community every day of your life. Once an Eagle, always an Eagle," said Lyndsey Nedrow, who earned the rank with her sister, Lauren.

"Everyone that's in Scouts has a little bit of 'I want to change the world' in them," agreed Lauren.

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Congratulations!