It’s not over yet!

In honor of March 8 – International Women’s Day – I want to think a moment of all the great achievements women have accomplished today. Without the negative loaded word “feminism” we’d still be decades behind – even centuries as just so happens with so many less fortunate females today. Think we (as a collective woman) are safe?

TODAY

– Women are still being paid considerably less than men

– Women do two-thirds of the world’s work,  yet receive 10 % of the world’s income and own 1 %  of the means production (4)

– In many cases, women – regardless of their experience or education – are perceived as having the potential to bear children (also known as being a female) and that prevents them from getting hired.

– At least 100,000 women are raped each year in the UK and the rape conviction rate is 6,5 %

– Using words/adjectives associated with anything female are constantly used in a derogatory matter to insult the opposite. “Don’t be a girl/pussy/chick” vs. “Be a man!”

– Woman are still being reduced to objects, where their talents can only bring further exposure to their exteriors. “Wow, …. is really good at this! Who knew, she seems so obsessed with her/looks/shoes.. bla bla bla”. Maria Sharapova may be more famous for her looks than tennis abilities. Pick any scene, and you will see the old gender ideology play out. Why is it ok for, say, an old, unattractive man to feel the freedom to comment on how sexy or cute young female (especially coworkers, business customers, etc) are? I bet we’d raise eyebrows going the opposite way. And what about the ridiculous abstinence-only education? For one, it provides no knowledge. At all! It is the epitome of the old patriarchal ideology of male/active vs female/passive being played out.

– A majority of women/girls are being killed by their families to protect their honors. Even if a girl is held captured and raped – she is the one who has to take the punishment.

– Women in Saudi-Arabia can’t legally drive, or leave their house without a male companion.

THE OLDEST INJUSTICE IN HUMAN HISTORY IS THE WAY WE TREAT WOMEN – a link to a video I strongly urge you to see.

Nobel Peace Prize Winners 2011

From left: Tawakkol Karman, Leymah Gbowee, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

I want to give a shout out to women who made themselves heard and made a difference: Mary Wollstonecraft, Germaine Greer, Ariel Levy, Mother Theresa, Rosa Parks, Clara Barton, Anne Frank, Lucy Stone, Dorothea Dix, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony

Now talk to me… is there anyone missing on this list? What are your hopes for the future?

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3 responses to “It’s not over yet!

  1. Great post and Happy (belated) International Womens Day to you!

    Every point you make is common sense and yet so many of these issues are still overlooked these days. Yes I think the word feminism does have a negative connotation but without it nothing would ever have changed at all.

    • Thank you! I agree, feminism is sometimes used as a derogatory word against those who still fight for women’s rights, such as “feminazis”. I find that incredibly offensive, because even though some of us are lucky enough to be able to wear what we want, say what we want and work alongside with men – there is a great majority that are not able to. And even though we, as women, have progressed, there are all these subtle little differences that still should be gotten rid of.

      Thank you for your response 🙂

  2. You’re welcome. It was good to read something about feminism in a positive light.

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