Iran: Gender and Education, Politics, and Economy Gender inequality is an issue that a large number of countries have faced, and many are still facing. Unequal treatment of the two genders can occur in settings such as: sexual, social, private, professional, educational, etc. Some countries, more than others, seem to be stuck in a vicious cycle as they strive to achieve gender equality. Iran is a country that has had its’ ups and downs in search for gender equality. This paper will discuss some of the issues the women in Iran have faced concerning education, political changes, and the economy.
Women’s underrepresentation in politics has been an ongoing issue in the todays world. Feminism is one the main reasons women can get an education. However, with more women likely to be enrolled in college than men, there is still a continued underrepresentation of women in leadership roles throughout the society (McKenna 2007, 7). The inequality has lead women into stepping back and not considering much for themselves. There are many reasons behind the underrepresentation that women hold in politics.
Much of the discrimination that women face is closely related to issues surrounding body image. What we cannot forget in the year 2014 is who control the ideas that we have about women and leadership: the media. The misrepresentation of women’s power and influence in the media cause many women to have low self-esteem about and can cause them to feel as though they do not deserve a spot at the decision-making tables. Sexism has been around since the beginning of America, in many different forms, but the impacts have increased with the power of the media. One of the ways the media has discriminated against women, is the way they portray women in the workplace.
Deep down, she just wants women to step out and break the silence, to get back the freedom they have lost. She also mentions that although women are getting more respect nowadays because of how important their roles are in society and the family, but there are still many more women out there who are not being benefited from today’s society. Although Clinton has helped to advance women’s rights by appealing to ethos, pathos and logos in her speech, unfortunately justice is not fully established to flourish for those women who are out there suffering in the society. Thus, societies need to have their perceptions on human rights updated with the modern perspective, so then men and women will be equal in their rights, and the globe will be flourished with justice and harmony.
As we know, gender is a classification acquire at birth. Then gender comes with a role in society, but some stereotypes are attributed to each gender. As for women, they still have to fight for themselves to occupy those “so called men positions”. One of these areas of struggle is politics. In the US, they had to fight for equal treatment in politics by winning the right to vote and seat and talk politics with men, but genders stereotypes about women running for politics still exist around the world.
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” She worked very hard during her time as the first lady to accomplish peace and justice (brainyquote.com). When Franklin D. Roosevelt was sworn in as president in March 1933, his wife Eleanor began to transform the conventional role of first lady from social hostess to that of a more visible, active participant in the President’s administrative activities.
Additionally, the opening up of the education sector to increase the educational opportunities of the women led to some pursuing higher education amidst opposition. Moreover, due to legal and social prohibitions, traditionally established, and scientific theories depicting the women as mentally or physically weak, posed great challenges to the economic, social or political advancement of women in the society. This was evidence because of the numerous challenged the educated women faced while practicing their profession. These challenges made the women team up to champion for their freedom and... ... middle of paper ... ... free themselves from the notion of the Old Woman the more they find out that it was more difficult that they thought. This made many of them very desperate with life, and some even concluded that the earlier traditional concepts were better.
Needless to say it plays a very important role in our lives and helps shape our perception of the world. While society has benefited greatly from the introduction of mass media there are times where it is harmful. Women constitute a large demographic and as such are portrayed greatly in the media. The problem is that mass media often stereotypes women into the roles of sex icons and housewives. This stereotyping leads to low self-esteem, body issues and can make it difficult for women to advance in academia and careers.
No matter what problems get fixed, there are always stereotypes and issues that still have, yet, to be solved. The one about men not allowing women to outshine them still exists today. Men are supposed to be seen as being the best. However, it can be argued that women are starting to feel the same. A classification that was once given to men may be slowly becoming something that can be seen in woman.
The movement which has suffered the most in the standpoint of social and political agenda are the Feminists. Using Feminist criticism to analyze the discourse surrounding and as well as by the speaker, Monica, I aim to reveal how women's place in society led by the Feminist's has changed due the sex scandal and where it maybe headed next. In looking at this aspect of the scandal it becomes crucial not just to analyze the discourse of Feminists and Monica but to find it in a larger scheme of a society which shapes many of the gender roles and pressures put on individuals to look and act in certain ways. There is an evident change in the role of women in American society that has occurred as a result of the scandal which is important not just to the Feminists and their supporters but to any female who enters the public arena and is faced with pressures and expectations put on them as a result of their gender. As a leading special interest group, Feminists, who are politically active concerning gender roles in society, have been at the forefront of the Paula Jones case and the Lewinksy-Clinton scandal.