Wednesday, March 31, 2010

High heels and picket signs

Can you imagine protesting in dresses and high heels? Today is the last day of Women's History Month. Therefore, I would like to dedicate this blog post to the AMAZING women who have fought for the rights I have today. Did you know that women's suffrage groups marched for nearly 100 years before women gained the vote in 1920? These women were ridiculed and even imprisoned for challenging gender inequality.

Although there are many rights afforded to me today, there are many women across the globe that still suffer from gender inequality. A friend in India told me about a woman who was only allowed access to maternal health care if the husband was present because he was to make all of the decisions for her.

The campaign for women's empowerment is far from over. Women still live in fear and are not afforded rights to property, a voice in their government, or even power in relationships. We have celebrated the achievements of women during Women's History Month. Now we need to stand up for the women who could achieve great things but are in bondage due to gender inequality.

This cartoon represents the fear of what might happen to society if "natural" gender roles changed. Women were ridiculed in cartoons and made to look like they were malicious, man-hating, and unresponsive to their children.

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