Gender inequality in parenting and marriage is evident mostly in developing economies, no wonder it is said that many of the poorest people in these economies are women since their role is primarily taking care of the family, producing food, tilling land, grinding grain, carrying water and cooking. This means that education and formal employment is left for men, meaning there is a very high dependency ratio in families. No wonder there are high levels of poverty in these economies since the work of women is giving birth and doing house chores, and the workerhas too many mouths to feed. In this case, I would assert that gender equality makes good economic sense because when women get access to education, they will participate in business and economic decision making (Wilson, Kickul and Marlimo; pg 390). They will get access to health; have jobs and financial resources, thus raising household incomes.
Gender inequality is also evident in education, especially in sub-Saharan countries, where most girls are denied access to education because of cultural beliefs and norms, since most of these girls get initiated to “women roles”. Therefore, formal education is not seen as a necessity in these countries making these girls suffer exclusion in education systems throughout their lives and even their kids since uneducated women are less likely to take their kids to school. Denying women an opportunity to be employed is ensuring continuation of intergenerational poverty because of high dependency ratio.