A Generation Ahead and Behind: Women's Rights

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Women’s rights has been a long standing issue, going back centuries. The idea has been around for so long that every other question of equality relates back to women’s rights. Startlingly, despite being an issue for centuries, the modern world has, yet, to give women the full extent of social, economic, and political rights as they give to men. The solution to this divide is simple, and lies in a modern ideology: feminism. Many people tune out when they hear the word ‘feminism’- they imagine a loud, screechy protestor who calls everything a man does sexist. Although the word may bring up some less-than-ideal images, at its core, feminism seeks to give some long overdue equality to a group that deserves it wholeheartedly. Initially, feminism began as a movement to gain women’s suffrage. Feminism soon expanded into three generations encompassing the struggles of women to achieve gender equality, and is the key solution to solving women’s rights issues around the globe. Other types of equality depend on feminism as well, including poverty, equal pay, LGBT rights, even rights for men. This movement empowers women, a previously marginalized and oppressed group, and allows them to slip out of the confines of their inequality and advocate for what they deserve: equal rights. Those who do not support feminist ideals are denying centuries of struggle for basic human rights and are exerting their privilege over the mistreated women of the world. As such, feminism is an integral part of women’s rights and paves the way to achieve several forms of equality. There is a systematic, subconscious bias against women, largely stemming from the inequality handed down to females through time. The rights that women can hold have fluctuated largely ... ... middle of paper ... ... Claims about Women." Southern Poverty Law Center. Southern Poverty Law Center, 2012. Web. 5 Mar. 2014. Root, Elihu. "Address, Hon. Elihu Root before New York Constitutional Convention, 1894."Library of Congress. The Library of Congress, n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2014. Simons, Margaret A. "Introduction." Racism and Feminism: A Schism in the Sisterhood. Vol. 5. N.p.: Feminist Studies, 1979. 384-401. Ser. 2. JSTOR. JSTOR. Web. 11 Mar. 2014. The Daily Beast. "The Best and Worst Places For Women." The Daily Beast. Newsweek/Daily Beast, 20 Sept. 2011. Web. 19 Feb. 2014. "Women’s Leadership, Leadership Development And Media Advocacy." Miss Representation. The Representation Project, n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2014. "Women's Suffrage Milestones - Women and the Vote." New Zealand History. New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage, 31 July 2013. Web. 10 Mar. 2014.

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