While women continue to be ranked as the weaker sex by popular opinion, feminists have bright hopes in a change towards their liberation. As Rebecca Solnit stated, “feminism has just started and it’s not stopping now. We are witnessing a full-fledged war, not of the sexes but of gender roles”(Solnit). Feminism and the right to equality has been a long and arduous struggle for women before the Civil Rights Act. The Feminine Mystique sparked a change, questioning society, which continues today as women fight for equal treatment regardless of laws that claim for their protection.
Women come from a long history of oppression and unequal treatment. Much progress has been made throughout various regions of the world by the hard work of processors in the past two centuries, yet women are still struggling for liberation and autonomy today. On a global scale, feminism is relevant and necessary in the 21st century; women are in need of empowerment in everyday life: ownership of the body, reproductive rights, equal pay for work, and participation in politics. Feminism applies to all of the categories listed above, capable of dismantling sexist ideas and rebuilding a world that recognizes, appreciates, empathizes, and values women holistically if exercised appropriately. Achieving women’s empowerment will not only liberate women from oppression, but also provide individuals of all genders freedom, as inequality diminishes gradually.
However, by concentrating on the similitude women have constrained their own identity. Through recognizing differences between genders women have the opportunity to achieve not only greater equality but also create the environment to embrace their unique and exceptional undertaking with humanity. In a quest for equal rights with their male counterparts the feminist movement has opened new opportunities for women in many societies around the world. (Golombisky 90). Feminist’s are pioneering the way for women’s rights, challenging long standing cultural beliefs, creating greater access to education and the political arenas, and initiating change for new ideals.
Imagine a feminist. For most people, this mental image is characterized by many unkind connotations; feminists are alleged bra-burners, man-haters and lesbians. They are associated with unshaven legs and anti-family values, and they are likened to Nazis and other extremist political groups. According to a 2005 poll by CBS News, 70% of women do not consider themselves a feminist (Fisanick, 2008). That is not surprising when one takes into account the overwhelming abundance of stigma that accompanies such a declaration.
In recent developments, feminist theorists have begun questioning the differences between women. The areas under question include race, ethnicity, class, age intersect, and gender. In summation, the feminist theory involves the concern with giving women world over voice, and highlighting how they have contributed to the society (Mcgraw-hill.com). Women in the current century are a troubled lot this due to the various predicaments that they have to go through on a daily basis. The women and girls undergo brutality in various aspects: sex trafficking, mass rape, acid attacks, and bride torture.
The extreme abuse that women must endure as a result of hip-hop, in conjunction with the constant objectification and marginalization that women continue to experience in society today has had a very negative influence on an average adolescent?s perception of women. In a fashion that is metaphorically parallel to the exploitation of women in rap, the great French writer Francois-Marie Arouet, whose pseudonym is Voltaire, once stated, ?No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible? (Arouet). Hip-hop icons are instilled with the incomparable power to change lives for the better or the worse?for the sake of women everywhere, black or white, one can only pray that it is the former.
Women's activism has brought and is continuously causing changes in the country that are more liberating and emancipating of the women's rights and place in the society. With the help of brave, bold, and principled women, the status and roles of women in the nation have become more meaningful. Indeed, the 20th century was a turning point in the lives of many women. This was the time when women battled against the oppressions brought by patriarchy through crusading for the promotion of their civil rights, sexual freedom, and pursuing careers which were once forbidden to them.
Women across the world have been grossly underrepresented in government for ages. Of course, certain things are... ... middle of paper ... ...ntries women are restricted in where they can and cannot work. Most commonly, they seem to be restricted from jobs in which physically taxing tasks are the norm. This is no doubt due to the stereotype that women are fragile and weak and must be protected (a stereotype that can hold true, but that is not always true). This also seems to be consistent across culture.
Ava Videl, a writer for the Telegraph, writes, “The main thing intersectionality is trying to do, I would say, is to point out t... ... middle of paper ... ...rk) Feminism and the ideals of intersectionality are everywhere, and continue to spread. The activism and rallying of the feminist ideals are far from over. Intersectional feminism is without doubt one of the most important movements of our time. The evaluation of oppression as a whole is finally gaining speed across the globe. Women of color, queer women, and other women who stray from the previous image of white cisgender women feminism common in the previous waves are making their voices heard and coming together.
(Amin 152,53). Through the support of Emmeline Pankhurst, Qui Jin, and Qasim Amin; these revolutionaries helped bring about change to their communities and countries through their efforts of fighting for the rights of women through protests, liberating women through a story to inspire, and forming social reform to help give women the chance to better educate themselves and gain some form of independence. These revolutionary changes were not only the building blocks for better and stronger nations but for continuance of new and improved revolutions that would soon continue breakout throughout the world during the 20th century. Works Cited Amin, Qasim. "The Liberation of Women."