The patriarchal system has reigned during recorded history, and is the social arrangement that structures and enables the present unsustainable food system. Patriarchy is a system of power over others that permits oppression and hunger to damage societies world-wide. This thesis explores the connection and effect of patriarchy on food security and gender equity, and finds that there is a global need for women to have improved access to education and land, and that women must be included in consultation on all world problems. Programs designed to increase gender equity offer practical solutions to food insecurity that can assist in the reduction of world hunger. Instituting inclusive programs that foster gender equality in many localities is imperative to sustain a livable planet.