While there has been change towards equal rights, there are still many things that oppress women. How can we change this as a society? “In recent decades, there has been a growing awareness of the need to increase gender equality throughout the world. Strategies to achieve this end have focused on empowering women in social, educational, economic, and political spheres and improving women’s access to education, nutrition, health care, and basic human rights (Mooney 338). As we reflect on Women’s History Month, it is important to realize that many courageous women (and a few men) have made vital changes for women in almost every aspect of life.
Throughout the twentieth century, American women fought for the right to vote, the right to make choices regarding their own bodies, and the right to be their own people. The disparities between men and women were often overlooked or blindly accepted, but as Gloria Steinem said, “history is herstory too.” After nearly 200 years of struggling, women made up only 10% of Congress, received wages less than 75% of their male counter parts, and are stigmatized based on their class and race. By the end of the century, female citizens were still treated unfairly in every aspect of American society. Women did not achieve equality in America in the 20th century, based on their roles in politics, the widespread views of female sexuality, and the race, class, and gender ideals for women at the time. Although women have made progress in each of these areas, and more, they still have so far to come.
I. Wrong solution targeting the wrong problem The lack of women in corporate boardroom is only a symptom. It is a consequence of the huge underrepresentation of women at top executive levels. “Women account for 60% of new graduates in the EU, and enter many ... ... middle of paper ... ...g way to promote women. Mandatory quotas do more harm than good, but firms should make work more family-friendly.” The Economist.
Women make 79 cents for every dollar earned by a male, making for a gender wage gap of 21 percent. Also, sexism is still a vast predicament in the life of a female. It is heinous how casual sexism has become something that women have to grow accustomed to. When girls are “catcalled” on the street, they are taught to ignore the rude remarks, instead of sticking up for their gender. In addition, whether it was a joke or out of seriousness, there is not one woman in this world who has not heard, “Women belong in the kitchen,” or “Girls can’t be pretty and smart,” or any of the many other sexist remarks.
In some nations, women have become the “lesser” of society, not able to overcome sexism that is sometimes violent and aggressive (Berg, 17). The spectrum of gender inequality ... ... middle of paper ... ...arginalized Even in Death - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East." Al-Monitor. Al Monitor, 21 Jan. 2014. Web.
By 1914, both the women’s suffrage groups had very little success in achieving the ultimate goal of women being able to vote in general elections. The two main suffrage groups, the suffragists and the suffragettes both struggled to change the minds of the british government to allow women to vote despite over forty years of campaigning. The suffragists’ peaceful protest campaign had failed to get the attention of the government and the British public but the suffragettes’ militant campaign gained publicity for issue but caused severe damage to the campaigned, branding women as reckless and irresponsible, marching the campaign backwards. Other weaknesses within the campaign such as the suffragists unwillingness to push the liberal government into giving women the vote and suffragettes refusal of help from trade unions such as the Labour movement also caused the campaign to progress extremely slowly. Politicians lack of sympathy towards the cause could of also explain the lack of progress but also the suffrage movement’s inability to demonstrate to politicians why women deserved the vote could attribute to the lack of success in achieving the aims of female enfranchisement.
Introduction Since the beginning of time women have been considered inferior to men, which seem to proceed to affect everyday lives of all social beings in this world. Women have a disease, a disease that will prevent them for ever having the political drive to achieve political, social or economic opportunities men have. This "disease" is the need for independency and self-respect or the lack there of. This is what we have come to know as feminism. Feminism refers to the body of thought on the cause and nature of women's disadvantaged and subordinate position in society, and efforts to minimize and eliminate the subordination (Hughes, 2002:160).
Because of women 's underrepresentation a lot of men’s issues and policies are over-emphasized, while women’s concerns remain unattended. However, women’s concerns and policies often don’t just affect women, but the entire families. For instance, the issue of child care or maternal leave. In many families, one parent (in most cases women) is forced to leave the job and take care of a child due to the lack of childcare, or very short maternal leave. Strengthening women’s right and addressing barriers to political participation are critical to achieving gender equality and women empowerment.
The evident under-representation of women in physics has broad implications, particularly for industries and government agencies that need technically educated staff. Quite simply, the global scientific workforce is failing to use a large fraction of its talent pool. The shortage of female physicists in academia exacerbates the situation, in that female students lack role models in the field. Of course, the nature and magnitude of the problem varies from country to country. But what is remarkably consistent is that the percentage of women in physics in all countries decreases markedly with each step up the academic ladder and with each level of promotion in industrial and national laboratories.
However, throughout the years, women have stepped up to promote and advocate for empowerment and inequality (WIC, 2017; McBride & Parry, 2016). Even with the positive improvements with this, gender equality is still not achieved; as women are not treated or presented equally in regards to employment and the increasing number of women working did not result in equal advancements in their careers (Michailidis, et al., 2012). Gender inequalities, discrimination and stereotypes have made the workplace atmosphere inhospitable for women, which negatively affected women’s income and the opportunity to excel in their careers (Son Hing & Stamarski, 2015). Before the 1960s, there was no law that addressed the gender inequality in the workplace (McBride & Parry, 2016). Acceptable occupations and work for women in the USA in the early 19th century were limited to either domestic work or factory labor (WIC, 2017; McBride & Parry, 2016).