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In Today's Society Women are ALMOST equal to Men
Women: We May Not Be Equal Yet, But We Are Definitely on Our Way
The 1960’s and 1970’s were two vital decades that lead to the positive outcome of women’s quality of life and how it came to be as we know it today. Women have been repressed for such a long time, but these two decades drastically helped change women's lives for the better. Not only did it bring about a change at home, but also social and economic changes, which led to women having to go to work and then led to more problems arising for women in the work field, that unfortunately still occur today. But because of the last few decades and the new laws that arose, women are more protected today than they ever have been. Still, more needs to be done, because harassment still happens at work, women and men still don’t get equal pay, (women get 75 cents to every dollar that a man gets) and women still don’t have equal rights- completely that is. Women, we are definitely on our way to equality, but until we are completely equal, the fight for women’s rights is not over and we cannot let it be over until we achieve full equality.
Still Not Equal!
Although today many people don’t see a problem with the way society runs its course, there still is a problem. For example, if a woman goes to court for a rape case, many times the woman will be asked what she was wearing, as if it were her fault. That is discrimination, since it is pinpointing at the woman, saying it was her fault for what she was wearing. Isn't that something? A man has no right to touch a woman under whatever circumstances, no matter what she was wearing. Asking a woman this question, I believe is very offensive, especially after she has just gone through a traumatic event.
There still has not been a woman president; although we have finally had women candidates for vice president. Women are still harassed at work, both physically and mentally. I know someone who was told she was being replaced at her job, because a man can do her job "better", mind you this job was in an office setting with mostly female employees anyway, who did the job pretty damn well. Thankfully for her the man that "replaced" her got fired within 2 days of working, and the woman had her job back, until she found a better paying one and quit!
Many cultures still mistreat women, and it's difficult to control the mistreatment when those people migrate to America. We are trying to change the viewpoint of women, but when people come from other countries with their way of thinking already set in stone, it's quite difficult to change that, unless they do something illegal, such as physically abuse a woman and then get arrested for doing so, only then they may learn their lesson. Hopefully. As you can see we still have a lot of moving forward to do.
Spread the word, we are all people and should all be equal
In the 1960’s women sought to liberate themselves from their traditional roles as only wife and mother, but from traditional women's roles came the sexist roles which still exist today in some peoples view (such as a woman having to clean, cook, take care of their children and cater to their husband, etc.) During WWII women were working, helping the war effort while establishing their own financial independence, but when men came back from the war, women lost their jobs and went back to being homemakers and mothers. The new freedom that women experienced working left them wondering why they should remain home-ridden, when they can go to work, and work just as well as a man can. Then the 1960’s came, women began entering the workforce and then they realized they were being treated unfairly as if they were of a different class than men. They were discriminated against in hiring, because men would always be hired first before any woman was, they were passed over for promotions, and they were not paid the same pay they should have been paid when they landed a “man’s” job.
The 60’s brought a lot of changes for women’s rights, and a new attitude for women started to shine through in the workforce. Women protested for equal rights, equal pay, maternity leave, childcare, etc. and those who started this movement were labeled “feminists”. A lot of the media tried to stereotype these women by calling them lesbians. Even so, they organized groups such as the ERA, Equal rights Amendment, NOW, the National Organization of Women, which was big for women’s rights in Congress, the Women’s Liberation movement which helped with equal rights, abortion, legalizing contraceptives, freedom from sexual harassment, etc. By the 1970’s American women were making great strides towards political, economic and social change. The Equal Pay Act was passed, and the Educational Equity Act which guaranteed freedom for American women. Feminist leaders organized strikes and marches, wrote books and articles to create awareness about women’s issues,etc. The change of social attitudes towards women started to occur in the late 1970’s. It was the greatest success of the women’s movement. Women were started to be viewed as PEOPLE, just like men, obviously not equal as of yet at this time, but with all the laws and resolutions passed, people began conforming to abide by the new regulations. It was hard even for men as well but women’s fight for their rights started to pay off, finally. After all times were changing, women had to start going to work...and how can a woman clean, cook, take care of the children, take care of her husband and work?! That is crazy, although it is done, even still 'till this day, and it is called the Second Shift. It is very hard work for a woman or anyone for that matter to work so much, which is why changes had to start happening for men: they started to help more in the home. Men cook and clean more, compared to the 1960’s and 1970’s where you wouldn’t see much of that happening. There is more appreciation for women in today’s society at home and at the workplace, compared to the earlier 1900s. Although women still have inequalities, we have moved a long way. The problem with today’s society, I believe, is that we don’t have many fighters left. People are more involved with materialistic things rather than focusing on social, economic or political change. People don’t act upon what they believe in, like the previous decades certainly did. Most of the problem lies in ignorance; many people don’t know that women are still not completely equal in today’s society, or that they still don’t get paid as much as a man does. Or maybe people don’t care anymore, but with a little more fighting hopefully we will be on our way to achieve total equality in today's society.