"Who Run's The World".... Is It Girls? "Gender Equality" In America And The World!
Gender Equality.... A Global Issue
America has faced issues of democracy, racial indifference, political deceit, poverty, genocide, and every injustice imaginable under the constitutional law and rights; but has America and the world dismissed one of the most, preeminent concerns in society and American History. The issue of gender equality; Gender equality has been a long aged battle and discussion, and often resurfaces. Many argue the fact that America, has done everything in its power to provide women with equal opportunity as men. So the question becomes, Is it the values of society that has caused women to speak out for Gender Equality or Is it truly evident that this indeed is an issue for the masses? Is it about discrimination or is it an issue dealing with power and respect ? Do women receive the respect they most certainly deserve? Are women offered the same pay and wealth as their male counterpart ? Do men look at women as their superior or inferior ? Or have men and women ever really been equal? This issue is not merely an American issue, or an issue of race; it is a world-wide concern.
In today's society women are business owners, and hold seats of political offices, they have broke through the borderlines of entertainment by becoming writers, poets, world class opera singers, astronauts, construction workers and the list is limitless as to what women have achieved throughout the course of history. But there is still an underlining conversation about this issue. Society has always put women in the shadow, woman feel that they are still not receiving the same recognition that men receive. Yes, men and women are physically different but there is an even plain that both can live and agree on. Today's society has not only become more degrading but it has really become very disingenuous; bashing and exploiting women in numerous ways. This is clearly a society of double standards but this fact could very well be strictly an issue on the way society has been shaped.
Women were labeled second - class citizen dating back to the early 17 and 1800's. Second - class citizens had limited legal rights, civil rights and socioeconomic opportunities. Even today there are many people throughout the world who are considered second and third - class citizens. The role of the women were strictly seen as domestic. They would tend to house duties, while her husband or counterpart, the male makes the money or tend to other events. At this time women did not have the right to sue, or the right to own property. And in no way, shape or form were women paid anywhere near what men were capable of making. The man was seen to be able to go out and work, to put "meat on the table". These were also difficult jobs that America did not particularly provide to women, such as landmine work, construction work, farming, or even business work for that matter. Anything based on physical ability were handled by men. Women were seen an not necessarily heard. Education was incredibly limited to woman especially during the time before and during the early 1800's. Many women didn't mind this categorization, but others wanted to be able to provide for themselves.
Women began to recognize that they were not given the same equal opportunity as men, and began writing letters to congress and began to speak out. In the 17 and 1800's a lot of women were strongly against slavery and they wanted to abolish it. They seen this as an opportunity to speak out against there own injustice. This is really where the term "Feminist" originated and emerged. Women gathered together and made what was called the woman suffrage movement, which began in 1848. The first women’s rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York. Which was lead by Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and other women’s rights pioneers.
In 1865 on January 31st, Slavery was abolished. In 1868 the Fifteenth amendment was passed by Congress, giving the right to vote to black men. Women petition to be included but are turned down.
Freedom, liberty, and equal opportunity at large was the most relevant global issue, people were on the front lines pushing the issue of rights for Blacks and Women. Fredrick Douglass spoke on this injustice.
" Whatever the future may have in store for us, one thing is certain, this new revolution in human thought will never go backward. When a great truth once gets abroad in the world, no power on earth can imprison it, or prescribe its limits, or suppress it. It is bound to go on till it becomes the thought of the world. Such a truth is woman’s right to equal liberty with man. She was born with it. It was hers before she comprehended it. It is inscribed upon all the powers and faculties of her soul, and no custom, law, or usage can ever destroy it. Now that it has got fairly fixed in the minds of the few, it is bound to become fixed in the minds of the many, and be supported at last by a great cloud of witnesses, which no man can number and no power can withstand."
- Fredrick Douglass
In the year 1919 on june 4th, congress passed the law, and ratified it on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment guarantees all American women the right to vote.
In July of 2004 Heads of State and members of Africa Union had a declaration on gender equality. The declaration is important, and is used for promoting gender equality and women's empowerment throughout Africa.
(Below is a link of the Declaration)
Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa
Beyoncé Speaks out .... **** Flawless
Just recently " Beyoncé Knowles" spoke out and wrote an essay on the myth of Gender Equality. She stated that : "We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet. Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change. Men have to demand that their wives, daughters, mothers, and sisters earn more commensurate with their qualifications and not their gender. Equality will be achieved when men and women are granted equal pay and equal respect. " - Beyoncé Knowles
It is extremely important that both the women and men recognize this issue, and work together to improve upon it. Otherwise, like Mrs.Carter, Beyoncé Knowles said; things will not change.
The Artist also recently dropped her latest album, and puts the issue of Equality in her song ***Flawless:
(Verse 2) - [Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie]
" We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller, We say to girls..You can have ambition But not too much.You should aim to be successful. But not too successful. Otherwise you will threaten the man.
Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage; I am expected to make my life choices. Always keeping in mind that Marriage is the most important, Now marriage can be a source of Joy and love and mutual support. But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage. And we don't teach boys the same? We raise girls to each other as competitors not for jobs or for accomplishments. Which I think can be a good thing But for the attention of men.We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings In the way that boys are Feminist: the person who believes in the social, Political, and economic equality of the sexes."
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I believe that we as people in America and the World at large have overcome tremendously, and have come a long way. But Gender Equality alerts people that equality still isn't Equal, even today in the 21st Century. We need to address these issues and come together to solve them. As afore mentioned this is a global issue, and women throughout the world, in India, Africa, China, South America and many more regions are suffering injustice and are living within the restraints of male supremacy. These women do not have a voice as a whole to speak out. But we do. Let us make what is wrong, right.