Women Empowerment

Lauren Kays, Staff Writer

Males have statically more advantages than females in almost every industry. Men get paid more, get better opportunities, and get better benefits included in their job while women have to fight for these rights that men earn. According to The Pew Research Center, “Women at least earn 20 percent less than men do”. This is only in the U.S. Women worldwide have to stick together to eliminate these sexist stereotypes.

These sexist views on women are constantly changing. For instance, women between the ages of 25-34 earn less than women between the ages of 16-24 including part-time workers. While these are just one of the problems within the U.S. many women worldwide have it way worse than those here. Leymah Gbowee, a female rights activist in Nigeria, states, “I’m a serious optimist. I come from a country where you have little to be hopeful for, and so you have to always be an optimist.”

Courtesy of Voices of Youth

Back in the 1910s, before women had the right to vote, women were expected to do the housework,and motherhood, not work or politics. A famous women’s rights activist, Susan B. Anthony, says, “There will never be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers”. This is the quote that got people thinking about “When will it get better?” and led the women’s rights movement, also called women’s suffrage. The 19th Amendment, the right for women to vote, was passed on June 4, 1919. To make this amendment pass Congress, took decades. This was a tremendous accomplishment for women across the country.

Although we have come a long way from this movement women still faced a lot in the 1960s and 1970s. Women fought for abortion rights, LGBTQ rights, and pay raises. Gloria Steinem, a women’s rights activist at the time says,” Don’t think about making women fit the world-think about making the world fit women” This movement made history as it worked.

While women are still fighting for rights currently, we have come a long way from the start of this journey. For example, women are currently fighting for abortion rights in the case of Roe vs. Wade. This is one of many things that are happening in the U.S. right now. While this problem only occurs in the U.S., women worldwide fight for their rights. To end these problems, women must stick together to fight against discrimination among men and stay strong.