In today’s article, we will discuss Women’s Rights.
In previous years, generations ago women were considered the property of the husband or father to whom they belonged. Now as we have progressed into the 21st-century, women have stepped up to the plate and are an integral part of society and politics, on an entirely equal footing with men. In the past, women considered as belonging to their husbands or fathers; now they are the CEOs of major corporations. Women today are a significant part of society, with women in jobs such as judges, Senators, Congress, and even Governors – a feat that would have been highly surprising even twenty years ago.
These positions were not possible previously, with widespread social reform needed to bring about this change. In previous years, women were only allowed to work on the family farm or be a teacher, rather than being afforded experience in practical situations. Women were expected to be married by the end of their teenage years and overlooked in conversations as being unable to contribute anything valid. When elections first started, women were not allowed to vote; they barely granted the right to run their own homes.
As society has progressed, we have seen women moving from the back of the line to the front of the public eye, occupying more and more positions of authority and respect. More women now than ever are working outside the home and proving their worth without a man to hold them up. Many women are even choosing not to get married, as well as not have children, although experts are suggesting this will have implications for future generations.
With the push towards women’s rights, there have also been pushes towards expanding the rights of the lesbian community. More women are stepping forward to fight for the rights that they are owed and due, alongside those already afforded to the male homosexual community,
Women have been taxpayers for as long as men have, at the same rates, and there are daily battles and struggles to overcome the problems and oppression that women are faced with, especially within the homosexual community to level this unfairness.
Even in today’s society and the move away from sexism, there is still a notable difference in the amount of money a man earns compared to the amount of money a woman makes for the same job. This is regardless of experience, training, and education, as many employers still feel women lack the competence to work within a competitive environment. There are always significant differences in the way issues are handled, and there seem to be new differences appearing every day.
How society adapts is the critical part, we are on the brink of the first woman in history winning a democratic party bid for the Presidency, and this makes an excellent time for women. We are in the days, weeks, months and years following the Clinton presidency, and since then, Hillary Rodham Clinton has set an exceptional example for women by stepping out from behind her husband’s shadow and making a name for herself in the political arena. With her impact on the forthcoming Presidential elections still unknown, it will be interesting to see the effect this has on women’s rights both domestically and across the world.
Women are fighting and struggling every day to prove their worth, but with each day that passes a small victory for women’s rights, we are showing every day that we are a force to be dealt. Many people are eagerly awaiting the day when men and women indeed treated as equals. It might be two days from now or perhaps 20 years from now, but it is a work in progress and will accomplish. By working together with the community as a whole, and avoiding a destructively opposing viewpoint, women can promote their interests, as can men, to create a genuinely equitable environment.