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Are American Women Still Being Discriminated Against?

Updated on September 2, 2013

Woman and Feminism

I am a traditionalist, yet a feminist. I believe in equality for all people of any race, religion, or gender. Meaning, I do not believe that women, or anyone for that matter, should have special entitlements. I believe that there are Biblical roles for each sex, however, women should have all opportunities that are offered to men, especially in these modern times. Women should act like ladies, and earn respect and admiration as well as their pay.

Do you believe women are treated fairly in the United States?

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*********Geraldine Ferraro *********

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********** Benazir Bhutto **********

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Government Help for Women

Our own United States Government, as well as State Governments, offer grants, with help from organizations and entitlement groups that benefit women only. Is that really fair? Men, in fact, are disenfranchised from these benefits. I believe it is a form of discrimination. Some call it "reverse discrimination", but that term makes no sense to me. Either a group or person is being discriminated against, or they are not.

A few examples of government driven Women's assistance groups are:

Was it ever a man's world? In many countries, I would agree that it was and still is. Even today, in third world countries, women are considered property or second class citizens at best. However, the world, as a whole, has empowered women for centuries. Women have excelled, not only in our own country, but abroad as well.

******** Margaret Thatcher ********

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********** Oprah Winfrey **********

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********* Ellen DeGeneres *********

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Besides Geraldine Ferraro, the first female Vice Presidential Candidate, there are numerous women in America who have achieved power and success. According to Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D) of 1st District of Nevada, There are currently 76 women serving in the U.S. House of Representatives and 17 in the U.S. Senate. There have been more than 35 State Elected women Governors in the USA, and 4 female U.S. Supreme Court Justices have had the honor of serving.

In other industries, numerous women have excelled, regardless of their age, race, sexual orientation, or religious views, and are receiving equal or greater treatment than men. Of course, Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres are famous talk show hosts. But what about the abundance of female doctors, lawyers, business owners, scientists, journalists and so on?

I believe that not only are women in this country are treated fairly, but have certain advantages over men. We all have equal rights and opportunities under the law, and hard work coupled with perseverance will decide a woman’s success.

As always, I certainly hope this was entertaining and helpful.

"Be kind to one another" ~ Ellen

God Bless You ~ Margaret Sullivan

Take a look at some of the women in power over time, courtesy of infoplease.com:

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Country  
Name  
Reign  
Angola
Queen Nzingha
1582?1663
Antiqua and Barbuda
Governor-General Dame Louise Lake-Tack
2007?
Argentina
President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
2007?present
Argentina
President Isabel Per�n
1974?1976
Lesser Armenia
Queen Zabel
1219?1226
Australia
Governor-General Dr. Quentin Bryce
2008?
Australia
Prime Minister Julia Gillard
2010?
Bahamas
Governor-General Dame Ivy Dumont
2001?2005
Bangladesh
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia
1991?1996, 2001?2006
Bangladesh
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed
1996?2001, 2008?
Barbados
Governor-general Dame Nita Barrow
1990?1995
Belize
Governor-general Dame Minita Gordon
1981?1993
Bermuda
Premier Pamela Gordon
1997?1998
Bermuda
Premier Jennifer Smith
1998?2003
Bermuda
Premier Paula A. Cox
2010?
Bolivia
Prime Minister Lidia Gueiler
1979?1980
Bosnia and Herzegovina
President Borjana Kristo
2007?
Brazil
Queen Maria I
1815?1816
Brazil
Empress Isabel (regent)
1871?1872, 1876?1877, 1887?1888
Brazil
President Dimla Vana Linhares Rousseff
2011?
Burundi
Prime Minister Sylvie Kinigi
1993?1994
Byzantium�(Roman Empire)
Empress Theodora
1055?1056
Cambodia
Queen Ang Mey
1835?1840, 1844?1845
Cambodia
Queen Kossamak�(joint ruler)
1955?1960
Canada
Governor-general Jeanne Sauv�
1984?1990
Canada
Prime Minister Kim Campbell
1993 (4 months)
Canada
Governor-general Adrienne Clarkson
1999?2005
Canada
Governor-general Micha�lle Jean
2005?2010
Central African Republic
Prime Minister Elizabeth Domitien
1974?1976
Cherokee Nation
Wilma Mankiller
1985?1995
Chile
President Michelle Bachelet
2006?2010
China
Empress Wu Chao
655?705
China
Dowager Empress Tsu-Hsi
1861?1908
China
Dowager Empress Longyu
1911?1912
Costa Rica
President Laura Chinchilla Miranda
2010?
Croatia
Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor
2009?
Denmark
Queen Margaret I
1387?1412
Denmark
Queen Margrethe II
1972?present
Dominica
Prime Minister Mary Eugenia Charles
1980?1995
Easter Island
Paramount Chief Koreto Puakurunga
1868?1869?
Easter Island
Paramount Chief Carolina
1869??1888?
Egypt
Queen Hatshepsut
1501?1498�B.C.
Egypt
Queen Tiye
1415?1340�B.C.
Egypt
Queen�Nefertiti
1372?1350�B.C.
Egypt
Queen Nefertari
1292?1225�B.C.
Egypt
Queen Arsinoe II (joint ruler)
279?270�B.C.
Egypt
Queen Berenice
81?80�B.C.
Egypt
Queen Cleopatra VII
51?30�B.C.
Egypt
Empress Zauditu
1916?1930
Ethiopia
Empress Candace
332�B.C.
Ethiopia
Empress Zaudita
1916?1930
Faeroe Islands
Prime Minister Marita Petersen
1993?1994
Finland
President Tarja Halonen
2000?present
Finland
Prime Minister Anneli J��tteenm�ki
2003 (2 months)
Finland
Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi
2010?
Finland, �land Islands
Premier Viveca Eriksson
2007?present
France
Prime Minister�Edith Cresson
1991?1992
Georgia
Queen Tamara
1184?1212
Germany
Chancellor�Angela Merkel
2005?
Ghana
Queen Mother Yaa Asantewa
1863?1923
Great Britain
Boadicea, Queen of the Iceni
c. 26?61
Great Britain
Queen Jane�(Lady Jane Grey)
1553 (9 days)
Great Britain
Queen Mary I
1553?1558
Great Britain
Queen Elizabeth I
1558?1603
Great Britain
Queen Mary II�(joint ruler)
1689?1702
Great Britain
Queen Anne
1702?1714
Great Britain
Queen Victoria
1837?1901
Great Britain
Queen Elizabeth II
1952?present
Great Britain
Prime Minister�Margaret Thatcher
1979?1990
Grenada
Governor Dame Hilda Louisa Bynoe
1967?1972
Guyana
Prime Minister Janet Jagan
1997
Guyana
President Janet Jagan
1997?1999
Haiti
Provisional President Ertha Pascal-Trouillot
1990, 1991
Haiti
Prime Minister Claudette Werleigh
1995?1996
Hawaii
Queen�Liliuokalani
1891?1893
Hungary
Queen Mary
1382?1387
Hungary
Queen Elizabeth
1439?1440
Hungary
Queen Maria Theresa
1740?1780
Iceland
President�Vigdis Finnbogad�ttir
1980?1996
Iceland
Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir
2009?present
India
Prime Minister�Indira Gandhi
1966?1977, 1980?1984
India
President Pratibha Patil
2007?
Indonesia
President Megawati Sukarnoputri
2001?2004
Ireland
President Mary Robinson
1990?1997
Ireland
President Mary McAleese
1997?present
Israel�and�Judah
Queen Athaliah
842?837�B.C.
Israel
Prime Minister�Golda Meir
1969?1974
Italy
Queen Theodelinda
590
Italy
Queen Joanna I�of Naples
1343?1381
Italy
Queen Maria of Sicily
1377?1402
Italy
Queen Joanna II�of Naples
1414?1435
Jamaica
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller
2006?2007
Japan
Empress Suiko Tenno
593?628
Japan
Empress Kogyoku
642?645
Japan
Empress Jito
686?697
Japan
Empress Gemmyo
703?724
Japan
Empress Koken (abdicated)
749?758
Japan
Empress Shotuku-Koken
764?770
Japan
Empress Toshi-ko
1762?1771

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    • Mmargie1966 profile image
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      Mmargie1966 4 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you so much for your comment, bgamall. I also appreciate your kind words on my fan mail.

      I chose the women in this hub merely to prove a point. They have become powerful. I don't necessarily agree or disagree with any of them, except Ellen, of course, since I end all my hubs with a quote from her.

      I am happy to hear your opinion and reasons for it.

      Thanks again.

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      Gary Anderson 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Hi I like your choice of women, except for Margaret Thatcher. Unfortunately, her Big Bang deregulation of the UK financial district has led to a disaster in easy money loans in housing in the US. The UK is now where bankers gamble with major risk to taxpayers, and speculate on futures markets, driving up prices of Gas, and Food.

      I have little respect for her because of the results of her policies. I don't know if she knew all this would happen with all the worldwide derivatives, and maybe she was deceived. Who knows?

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      It saddens me, pramodgokhale, that this type of treatment of women still goes on in the world. However, I'm not surprised. More western cultures seem to have elevated women to equal citizens.

      I pray for my Indian sisters on the other side of the world.

      Thank you so much for your input. Your comment is greatly appreciated.

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      pramodgokhale 5 years ago from Pune( India)

      Yes I am a man, I sincerely, by heart agree discrimination is there .I am an Indian,usually our practice is to offer her secondary role and not a main role.We have Mrs Indira Gandhi long serving Prime Minister very competent, tough.put India on global stage.

      there are many areas where male dominance is a factor,women are displayed as dolls without responsibility

      So we worship the Goddess in temple

      but honor of Women ??

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Unfortunately Sue, the reality is we will never totally eliminate bigotry. I do believe women have made great strides, though.

      Thank you so much for commenting! I understand your situation, and appreciate your opinion.

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      Sustainable Sue 5 years ago from Altadena CA, USA

      There are many segments of society where women are looked at askance if they show any real strength or experience in other than the traditional female spheres. I come across it all the time, including in my own family, which is less that way than most (except my sister). Part of it *might* be because I expect it. But much of it I didn't really notice until a thing didn't work out (that would have if I were a man) and I tried to figure out why.

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you, Michele! When I saw the question, I wasn't quite sure which direction I wanted to take in answering. But the more I researched, the more I realized that we really are in a good position as women, generally speaking.

      Thanks for the kind comment.

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you for writing this hub. It is good for reminding us, what has happened in the past. Many of us just think about what is happening today. This would make a very good show on television, like the history channel. So many women today are very mad at the government because they feel their rights are being taken away. Your hub has reminded me, of the history of women and what they have experienced many years before this one. Thank you for again for this hub, I wish more will read it.

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