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An Overview of Women's Rights Today

Updated on April 16, 2014

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The successes of women's rights today

The world is quickly evolving especially in regard to women and there are monumental changes that are still occurring.In the past women were not able to vote and had no political rights,they were forced into marriage,they could not own money but women’s rights today have drastically changed.It would be hard to place ourselves in the shoes of those women of the past.It is further difficult to even imagine what they went through with men being considered superior to women,a thought which in turn provoked the Feminism movement.

Today the levels of equality have increased.For example Countries such as France and Iceland have improved the levels of women’s equality with both sexes having equal levels of income. Income disparities have reduced and the wage gaps between men and women has been reduced.In addition,various laws against sex discrimination and for the equal treatment of women have been passed over the years.

Women have also achieved great levels of equality in education.Equality of men and women within the family has also been witnessed. More women are now working outside the home and therefore resulting to equality between husbands and wives within the family and home. Wives today are more likely to have a larger voice in family decisions.

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Why women’s right are still an unfinished business

Even though there are various successes women have achieved there are still many challenges that women face.There are countries where women still oppressed and women’s rights have not yet been embrassed.

For example developing countries do not have the same gender equality as developed countries because their social growth is instead going at a slower pace.An example is Afghanistan where a woman’s average life expectancy is forty-five years because of the high percentages of HIV/AIDS positive people and also the high levels of women dying during child birth.Its further saddening that in developing countries a woman dies every thirty seconds during childbirth.

In countries like Saudi Arabia its still illegal for any woman to drive.In other countries such as Mali ,it is so common that women are sold off for money if they fail to get married at a young age .There are no laws that prevent this degrading acts and this countries are therefore considered weak when compared to developed countries such as America where a lot has changed for women in the past decades.For example women in the U.S can now vote whereas this was a harsh reality for them in the early 1900.The success of women’s rights in the U.S has been accredited to the feminism movement.

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      Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

      @Nicomp: Same here. It seems that there is some universal merger of genders trying to take place. Personally, I still believe that males suppose to be males and females suppose to be females. How or why some people think we are meant to be absolutely equal, boggles me, as well.

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      nicomp really 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @Insane: I am fascinated that W0men wish to define their rights according to the rights that Men have.

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      Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

      @Nicomp: Nicomp did not address my two-hand-touch NFL epiphany.

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      Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

      @Nicomp: Fine then, if you don't want to play two-hand-touch football with the girls, we can settle this. Below, I'll provide an image link to the side that is "more equal." This is our opposition, and we shall not go quietly into the night... LOL!

      http://theburbslife.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11...

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      nicomp really 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @Insane: The rules aren't the issue. One side needs to be just a little more equal than the other.

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      Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

      @Nicomp: I thought I already resolved the NFL dilemma, by altering the rules to fit both genders adequately. Speaking of both genders, where do transsexuals fit into this picture? Can't we all get along?

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      nicomp really 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @Insane: The author did not address my NFL question.

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      nicomp really 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @womensrights: Should men have the right to Men's Studies programs at public universities?

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      and Issues about women...hubs written by Eve 4 years ago

      @Nicomp: Why not? As long as they can give birth,and its not in any way harmful to their health and lastly if women are allowed to abort then i think they can follow the trend in countries where it is allowed.

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      nicomp really 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @womensrights: So... should men be able to abort babies?

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      Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

      @Nicomp: Hopefully the author is jotting down all of your realistic queries, and will create many additional Hubs due to your inquisitive, concerned disposition that you have shown this morning.

      NFL football? Oh, dear, only if they are playing two-hand-touch football! Wait a minute... Oh, never mind. LOL!

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      nicomp really 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @Insane: Yes, we can have our own hub here. Hopefully the author will jump in as well.

      I am very concerned about Women's Rights and I simply want to be sure that the author is on the side of Women.

      Should women have the right to play in the NFL?

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      Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

      @Nicomp: Oh, I get it; we are going to finish writing this Hub in the comment field. Cool...

      Uh, actually, I think all this special rights crap is usually exaggerated to the point where it often becomes ridiculous.

      You mean that women are now wanting special rights to drink & drive, too? I thought that their right to talk & text while driving was enough, eh?

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      nicomp really 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @Insane: I'm as concerned about Women's rights as the next human. If we're going to march and protest and boycott and chant and hold hands in support of a cause, let's git 'er done!

      Should women have the right to drink and drive?

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      Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

      @Nicomp: That subject definitely has two sides to it. One could say that humans have the right to sell their organs, but the flip side is the exploitation and corruption an organ market could have in today's world. I mean, what, will we eventually have kidneys being sold on eBay or Amazon, as well?

      Either way, I think some countries allow such things... I don't know if a black market on human organs would develop here or not.

      Plus, I've heard some chatter about possibly using pig organs in the future; yikes!

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      nicomp really 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @Insane: should a woman have the right to sell one of her kidneys? She doesn't have that right now.

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      Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

      I miss the days when all women, for the most part, acted like women. The last place I worked, most of the women acted like (while some looked like) men, and the majority of men carried on like sissy girls. This is troublesome for a sexy heterosexual male, like myself. No wonder many American men still prefer Asian babes, as they are known for their femininity.

      @Nicomp: Yes, there is a liberal left-wing female crack-smoking movement out there, I'm sure? LOL!

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      nicomp really 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Should a woman have the right to smoke crack?