ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Women's Status Issues

Updated on July 20, 2020
Annabel Wilhelmina profile image

Wilhelmina, a sociologist, is into phenomena that affects the society and vice versa. Indeed, it is a two-way traffic.

Women experience several issues, they include:

  • Balancing between career and motherhood.
  • Accessing equal opportunities.
  • Patriarchy.
  • Early pregnancies.
  • Early marriages.
  • Sexual Violence.
  • Female Genital Mutilation.

  • Balancing between Career and Motherhood.

Recently, women are more into career more than family life. Women are employed and spend most of their times in offices working than creating homes like the old golden times. Additionally, their work schedule is usually tight to an extent that they fail to create time for their children.

Most mothers have hired house maids to take care of their children. Others take their children to daycare then after work, they go pick them up or their house maids do it. Due to mothers' tight work schedules, they hardly find or spare sometime to hang out with their children.

The challenge comes between sacrificing work over spending time with their children. On the other hand, some mothers go home after work but instead of minimizing the minimal time with their children, they still take their work home.

The best way for a mother to handle such a situation is to plan her schedule well in a manner that she spares time for her children and work separately. Additionally, she should not involve work matters in her time with her children. By doing so, she will get to completely bond with her children.

  • Accessing Equal Opportunities.

Many opportunities are gender-oriented. This implies that there are certain opportunities which are meant for men and others for women only. A good example of a job opportunity that is meant for men only is the construction jobs since it is perceived that masculine energy is a necessity for it.

On the hand, when it comes to political leadership, men are allowed to vie for political seats more often than women. Women are considered weak hence they cannot rule. Come to think of it, even when women claim to be running for political seats, men hardly cast their votes for them because they view them as incompetent.

Traditionally, women were not allowed to work, make decisions or even go to school since all these responsibilities were meant for men. Even today, some communities still deny women equal access to opportunities such as going to school and working. Generally, it is high time society started advocating for equality especially when accessing opportunities.

  • Patriarchy.

Ever since feminism emerged, patriarchy has been threatened. Feminism has empowered several women to work, get educated and get their full rights. Generally, patriarchy is all about the male gender being the head in family.

Many men recently feel threatened when their wives go to work, earn salary or even get paid more salary than them. Why? This is because they think that when women work or get paid more than them they will take over the patriarchy roles.

I do not really think that feminism should be such a threat. Moreover, gender equality is never a bad thing. It will be better if the society realized that feminism is not about doing away with patriarchy roles but rather it advocates for equality on both genders.

To understand more about feminism and women rights, click on the link below:

  • Early Pregnancy.

Many women are subjected to early pregnancies mainly because they can hardly cater for their daily necessities. For example, a young woman from a poor background, needs school fees, sanitary pads and many other needs.

Therefore, she decides to get into a relationship with a man who is able to cater for her needs not knowing what is in store for her. Later, she gets pregnant, drops out of school and all her hopes are lost.

This has been a common issue for many young women. They end up getting pregnant and do not know what to do due to lack of support from their parents and the guy who got her pregnant.

Early pregnancy can be reduced by offering women with free education and also creating job opportunities for them to earn something little for their upkeep.

  • Early Marriages.

Many African parents expose their children especially women to early marriages because they cannot cater for their needs anymore. Some young women are exchanged for cattle as a marriage token.

Sadly, they are married off at a tender age to old men. At this point, these ladies lose their chance to build up their lives by studying and so, fulfilling their dreams is impossible.

Early marriages has been a complicating and trending issue. How to solve such an issue is a little bit difficult since most communities perceive it to be a tradition. Furthermore, they at an extent see women as not fit for education by only fit for marriage.

  • Sexual Violence

Recently, there have been many cases related to sexual violence. It turns out that most of the sexual violence victims are women. Some women live in fear because of what they have gone through. They even fear speaking out because they will be judged or isolated by their friends and family members.

Seeking justice for women who are victims of sexual assaults will be the best thing for them. Moreover, if we let an assaulter go freely, he will turn sexual violence into a habit and many women will get hurt. In addition to that, the assaulted should be provided with counselling services to help her cope with the current situation and heal as well.

  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Many communities have their own traditions and practicing female genital mutilation is one of them. FGM is a process whereby women undergo circumcision. Typically, FGM has tremendous effects such as pain, loss of blood, failure to give birth and many others.

Women who undergo FGM face a lot of pain which they suppress and fail to speak out because it is a tradition and so, they must conform to it. Furthermore, building of rescue homes will be a solution to every woman who is exposed to FGM.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Wilhelmina Annabel


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)