Chapter 11: Vocabulary Review

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gender

the classification of being male or female

gender roles

behaviors that tend to be associated with being male or female

Equal Rights Amendment

Proposed constitutional amendment, never ratified, to prohibit discrimination on account of sex

sexism

the belief that one sex is innately superior to the other

ageism

discrimination based on age

baby boom generation

the 76 million babies born in the United States between 1946 and 1964.

Medicare

a federal program of health insurance for persons 65 years of age and older

acquired immune deficiency syndrome

A disorder in which the immune system is gradually weakened and eventually disabled by the human immuno-defiency virus (HIV)

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