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How can women continue to make progress in the fight for gender equality? What issues do you see as obstacles to gender equality? What woman in history do you admire the most? Why? Tweet an image of woman you most admire.

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We may take it for granted now that a woman can be the secretary of state, the head of General Motors, or even president of the United States, but it wasn’t so long ago when it was almost inconceivable for a woman to achieve any of these accomplishments.

Young women today can owe these freedoms to the courageous women who broke boundaries before them. Every March is Women’s History Month, in which we celebrate and honor the women who have made a difference in the lives of women in our society. Over the years, the National Women’s History Project has recognized women who are considered leaders in their chosen field.

Over the past century, women in the United States and around the world have made great strides in the fight to gain economic, social and political equality. Since 1950, the percentage of women participating in the labor force has nearly doubled, from about 34 percent of women holding jobs outside the home then, to about 60 percent now. Greater economic opportunities for women have meant that they have more options and choices in life than they had before.

However, despite the enormous progress women have made, much work remains before we can declare equality between the sexes. Women, on average, still make less that men in the workplace: about $.77 to every dollar a man makes, mainly because women take lower paying jobs or work fewer hours so they can be at home. Women also make up only 20 percent of the U.S. Senate and 18 percent of the House of Representatives, and only 4.6 percent of Fortune 500 companies have female CEOs.

“A world where women make up less than 20 percent of the global decision-makers is a world that is missing a huge opportunity for growth and ignoring an untapped reservoir of potential,” Klaus Schwab of the Geneva-based World Economic Forum told the New York Times in 2011.

With women’s progress stalling, how can women and their allies keep up the momentum in the fight for gender equality?

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In the decades after World War II, the proportion of women working in the United States escalated rapidly. But since peaking in April 2000 at 74.9%, the rate for women began to decline.

PBS NewsHour Extra article Many Firsts for Women At 2012 Olympics
The 2012 London Olympics mark the first time that every competing country will have at least one woman on their team. This comes after years of encouraging female athletes and altering rules that kept out women in religions and cultures with modest dress codes.

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  • Tony P.

    There isn’t much women can do to promote themselves anymore, other than waiting. Right now, the only thing truly holding women back is the prejudice people are holding now. Currently, children are bombarded with the concepts of gender/racial equality from the minute they’re born, so they don’t look down at women. Once the current, discriminating people move on, other people who view women equally will take over, and the prejudiced will leave with them, giving women more opportunity.

    • taylor_w_2nd

      We go out and promote ourselves all the time. Plenty of women have jobs and are out working. Better yet, there are plenty of women who have a very successful career, and make a lot of money. So, as you can see, plenty of women are putting themselves out there you just aren’t recognizing it.

  • Ally Dittenber

    I’m a woman and I feel that womens’ liberal rights are just a equal as a man’s. I mean I can go to a college and get the same education as anyone else there. I can become a CEO or president. I get that women are still unequal due to sexual factors and stereotypes, but in the workforce, there’s no excuse. The only reason why men still dominate the workforce is because some women haven’t gained the confidence and determination to go be what they want. We make less because we take shorter hours, so we can be with our kids. It has nothing to do with inequalities and discrimination. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for pushingwomens’ rights, but I think it begins with us women. There are some things we can’t change.

  • Brook Robinson

    Women’s rights should be equal just as well as a man’s right should be treated equally with the women. Prejudice people are the only one’s holding women back from equality. Children or students are overwhelmed with the concepts in the classes of gender and racial ethnicity or equality. Women should have more opportunity just like the men have. Women and men should be equal. http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Discrimination/Pages/discrimination_women.aspx

    • ChristineP_4BoydBence

      I totally agree with you. It’s gender segregation in a sense.

    • Luke_A_Period3

      I believe women and men are equal, but you obviously do not, that is okay and I respect your opinion, but as is stated in the question- How can women continue the fight to become equal?

  • Forrestofthetrees420

    It’s really messed up that we all just can’t get over ourselves enough to even see that everyone is literally the same. We’re all jerks, we all bleed, we’re all greedy. So just because some greedy jerk has a different skin color or genitals, doesn’t make them any less human than the next person. I think everyone needs a trip back to kindergarten, and learn how to treat EVERYONE as an equal or at least with respect. You don’t have to like other people. But nothing that anyone does isn’t going to change the fact that everyone is different, but we’re all the same flesh and bones on the inside.

    • Luke_A_Period3

      I agree with you, there are lots of feminists out there that have become so radical they turned into men haters. I know a feminist who threatens to “punch you in the throat” every time you disagree with her. Radical feminists should learn how to fight for rights in a respectful way.

  • Oryonah Ross

    Women in the U.S have been unequally treated for years, the way they are treated and how much lower their pay is compared to what men make on the hour is completely unethical. When men make more than 75 cents more than women it makes a big difference. When men and women have to pinch their pennies and make every dollar work women have a clear disadvantage. This wage gap prevents them from meeting the needs of their families and the needs of themselves as well. The mistreatment of women is unorthodox compared to how men are treated.

    http://thedailycougar.com/2013/10/10/fight-gender-equality-continues-well-21st-century/

    • Anna D’Agostino

      Women have always been descriminated against, just like other races and religions. Women have more rights in America than in most other places in the world. We should still fight for equal wages, but 75 cents is a non issue compared to the gender inequality occurring in other countries. We should be worrying about gender inequality in places like India where women are still sold to their husbands as teens and denied equal treatment under the law. We should be fighting for world wide equality wich will eventually result in high wages instead of whining about getting 75 cents less per hour.

      • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

        Anna, I agree with you completely! Yes, we should be fighting for the 75 cent difference in pay, but we most definitely should focus on the other places outside of the United States that are not being treated with respect as well. For example, in this website

        http://www.forbes.com/sites/worldviews/2013/06/27/outside-the-harem-egyptian-feminists-life-reminds-us-to-keep-fighting/

        there is a Muslim woman who has established schools for girls, created the first Egyptian Philanthropic Society for Egyptian women, organized one of the largest anti-British demonstrations bringing the Egyptian women to the streets to protest British presence in Egypt, and has shown her passion and activism for women’s rights . There are forces that still exist that are trying to curtail women’s health and women’s rights! These are issues that need to be focused on along with the smaller issue of money and profit being made between women and men.

      • taylor_w_2nd

        I agree with you, Anna! I feel like people don’t see this discrimination because they believe it no longer exists. Clearly that is not true. I believe that this still exists as a problem in the United States, but also focus more attention on other countries. The United States is very well off and we should use that blessing in helping others.

    • brittneyd_3boydbence

      Oryonah,

      Where is your source for men making 75 cents more than women?This statistic doesn’t seem logical. You also have to take into account that education and jobs make a difference in how much is earned. Half of american households have women as their breadwnners, but these women most likely have better jobs than ones that just work part-time.

      http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/02/01/no-women-don-t-make-less-money-than-men.html

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/equal-pay/families#top

  • gehresj

    Women are not discriminated against in the workplace, and do not need to continue the fight for equality. As individuals we make choices about what means more to us and often times for women that choice is to stay home and raise a family, or participate heavily in homemaking. Men can take responsibility for their part in cooking, cleaning, and other chores outside of work. Then, as we break from tradition (we quite possibly could continue this behavior forever, and that’s okay) women will have more power in the workplace simply because more of them will have time outside of their home life. http://www.summer.harvard.edu/blog-news-events/gender-inequality-women-workplace

  • Trevor D.

    I believe that womens’ rights have gone about as far as they can at this point because now people are focusing on gay peoples rights and i would also say that women are fairly equal in todays day and age. On top of that not many people are pushing to try and equal men and womens’ rights out more.

    http://meaningfullife.com/social/womenANDmen/Women_AND_Men_-_Different_but_EqualQUESTION.php

    • taylor_w_2nd

      Plenty of times, women have taken leaps and bounds when taking charge of their own fate. This often goes unnoticed and therefore unnoted. It is not unusual for great people to do great things, making a great difference, and no one even notice. What I’m trying to say is there are amazing women making a difference right this very minute, you just have to allow yourself to see them.

  • Pat Tuck

    In our world today, women have pretty much been able to achieve the gender equality they have worked for in the past. There are some areas where they aren’t completely equal. For example, in the article above it mentioned that women make about $.77 to every dollar a man makes. That may seem a like gender discrimination at first, but the big reason behind this is because some women take lower paying jobs and work fewer hours than men so they can be at home more. Some areas where men and women are not equal is in war, women are protected from the lines of war and women also are restricted from many type of jobs. Overall, women are very close to having the exact same rights and privileges as men, but aren’t quite there yet.http://www.debate.org/opinions/are-men-and-women-equal

    • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

      Pat, I agree that women have worked to earn their rights but there is a LONG way to go. The United States has made a lot of progress and is improving, yes, but think about not only the United States.
      For example, the website below is about the freedom that the women in India DON’T have. For women in India, life can be tough. Violence against women is at its peak, and it rests firmly on gender-based discrimination for birth in education, health and freedom. They just don’t have the same opportunities as men, and they’re often not aware of their potential. Many women are forbidden from leaving the periphery of their house without a male chaperone, or are forced to leave education to get married. And for those without a husband, life is a constant battle. This article talks about girls being seen as a burden- they are costly and will eventually go live with another family. This is not at all how girls should be viewed! They have so much potential but it ends up being wasted because they are held back from many opportunities!

      http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/international-womens-day-single-women-in-india-will-continue-to-fight-for-their-rights-8522392.html

    • Luke_A_Period3

      http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/02/01/no-women-don-t-make-less-money-than-men.html
      This article explains why women dont less then men, and how that statistic is manipulated

  • Beezer Kitty

    I feel that in this day and age women have achieved all that they can. Women are standing right along side men on the battle fields fighting the same battles. Today, actually the tables are starting to turn in some households it’s the wife going to work from 9 to 5 while the husband holds the household down, now, it’s not as heard of as stay at home moms but it’s happening in America. Women are just as powerful as men and they’ve proved themselves. Sure there is still some discrimination, but technically, women still HAVE the same RIGHTS as men.

  • Mark Smith

    Women should continue to push for equality in the workforce. They are still underpaid compared with men. The fact is that on average women get paid less than men, so women should continue to push for equal wages and higher paying jobs. http://www.catalyst.org/knowledge/womens-earnings-and-income

  • Hannah

    In America, I feel that for the most part, and what affects my life, men and women are equal and have the same rights. Other than stereotypes such as the famous phrase High schoolers like to use, “make me a sand which” and being disrespectful, and double maybe some double standards in athletics and such, I feel that America has progressed with the rights for women. But, on the other hand, places such as China and India really need women activists! Its horrible that places like that feel that daughters are undesirable and kill them. As far as i’m concerned every country should eqalize same sex, no matter where we live we are all still people and noone gets to pick where they are born or who to, so we should help out all of our brothers and sister! EQUALIZE GENDER EVERYWHERE!

    http://www.lifenews.com/2012/11/02/200-million-girls-killed-in-china-where-are-the-feminists/

  • CallieH_2BoydBence

    Gender equality is still a major issue. For example, as stated in the article, ” women, on average, still make less than men in the workplace: about $.77
    to every dollar a man makes, mainly because women take lower paying
    jobs or work fewer hours so they can be at home. Women also make up only
    20 percent of the U.S. Senate and 18 percent of the House of
    Representatives, and only 4.6 percent of Fortune 500 companies have
    female CEOs.” Perspective plays a factor. Women are seen as a “stay at home and raise the kids, clean the house, cook the food” sort. I’ve noticed, me being a girl, I’ve met some people that don’t always realize that “Hey, yeah she’s a girl. But she can actually do stuff besides cook.” Back in the World Wars, women took up a multitude of jobs that had never been open to them before because all the men went off to war. And while we have come quite far; I mean, just look! We can vote now! We can join the army! We can go and get a job that we really feel passionate about, whether it be in an office, teacher, a writer or whatever we want to. We can even be President of the United States now, but we still have so much unlocked potential here. This was also stated in the article. “A world where women make up less than 20 percent of the global decision-makers is a world that is missing a huge opportunity for growth
    and ignoring an untapped reservoir of potential.” And it’s true. Women have proven to be an untapped sea of possibilities in so many different ways. In politics, in economics, in business, in so many ways.

  • rocky_seeley

    I’m a women and I feel that women are equal to man and they should be treated the same. The only thing holding women back are the prejduce people and our srewed up society. Society is down grading women in the views of most men. It may sound like I amtrying to push my religion on people but someone has to point out that even though that the way society are protraying women that it is not right.
    Another thing that is messed up is when men are making 75 cents more thatn a women it is a big difference that not many poeple see. All amercians are usually pinched for money and what should be the difference if a man is pinched for money or a women pinched for money they both struggle. They go through the same problems so they are equally there.
    Women will probably have to keep fighting for the equal rights that they want, but we will keep fighting with our heads hight cause we know that it will be worth it in the end.
    http://thedailycougar.com/2013/10/10/fight-gender-equality-continues-well-21st-century/

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      I agree with you rocky seeley that women should be treated the same. Since there is so many women that changed history of women not getting equal rights like Malala yousafzai. She fought for the rights of women to go to school and learn how to write and read by standing up for her gender when she was only 16. Even though she was shoot she greatly remember for her bravery against women rights. So that means if she can fight for equal rights then any women can.

  • Zach Johnson

    I honestly treat women equally but of all of the evidence I have found (article below) suggest that there is still a lot of room for growth. On another note though those numbers are the way they are because although the equipment we use changes, they overall way we do business has not. So in order to change those percentages it is the system and business leader’s you should look at and speak with.

    Article:https://www.census.gov/newsroom/pdf/women_workforce_slides.pdf

    • Shae Kapulica

      I think men treat women fairly at least where I’m from and where I’ve been, but it could be different all around the nation. I do believe women need to take more of a leadership role and voice their opinion in order for them to seek improvement and gain equality. Because in reality, women are still being paid less then men. #stepp4

    • ChristineP_4BoydBence

      In my community women are respected by most men, but a few still take some “jokes” too far. For example, a junior guy tweeted this photo and nobody stood up for the women. Everyone just said “lol” and “good one”. There is definitely a lot of room for growth. I agree that we have a lot of room to grow.

  • Aaron B.

    I don’t see what else there is to fight for. Both genders have pretty much equal rights even though some jobs may not pay the same. As it said in the article, women are usually taking the lower paying jobs and working less hours so they can be at home. Women are still gaining more rights without really needing to fight for them anyways such as in the military women are becoming more common. http://meaningfullife.com/social/womenANDmen/Women_AND_Men_-_Different_but_EqualQUESTION.php

    • Kyle_C_3boydbence

      I agree with you I think girls are fighting to hard for so little I mean do you want to pay for everything because we know we do all the time. Women are basically equal with men shouldn’t you put all the energy that your using to fight for women and put towards other things that matter more.

    • madisono-2boydbence

      Aaron,

      I think that if women believe that we should be equal to men, then we can fight for it. Yes, we are pretty much equal in many ways but, sometimes women are looked down upon. The article said, “…women are usually taking the lower paying jobs and working less hours so they can be at home.” This is sort of like my family. My mom quit her job so she could be at home and take care of my sisters and me and my dad is the one working. This explains a lot to me. If many parents do this, then that may be a reason why there is fewer women with better paying jobs, etc.

      • KshitijK_2BoydBence

        I agree with you that both are pretty much equal but they are sometimes looked down upon. In that graph you can clearly see there are barely any stay home dads, but a lot of stay home moms. But I think that is not all that they are being looked down on, but they choose to stay home. If the woman was making more money, then I think they would talk and we would have a stay home dad. So everyone is pretty much equal.

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      I can somewhat agree. In a way you are right, there really doesn’t need to be a fight anymore. Women just need to step out of the stereotypes and say “I want to be (insert something a male usually does)” and then do it. Companies like Goldieblox are encouraging young girls to do that through engineering. According to the chart below there are more male engineers than female ones, all it takes is for women to loose interest in doing the stereotypical thing and do something else.

    • Jae Hun

      I agree, men and women are treated almost equally in our society today. Women do get paid less than men`s, but I think it is getting better everyday. You might even get arrested for bringing up difference between men and women those days. Above all, equal rights are getting better and someday they will be equal

      • Jacob_W_Period3

        The only way men and women can be equal is if men change there perception of women being beauty and no brain or brawn. Society does not see women as being capable for harder tasks. people are week to assume this. If equality is to be reached. its by the women getting in the face of the judge and showing them what they are truly made of.

      • BellaP_3boydbence

        I disagree with you, society is the one making the most remarks about men being better than woman. You hear men talking about woman so lowly a lot more than woman talking about men lowly. While guys make snotty remarks about woman, woman can’t make snotty remarks about guys. Sure woman have learned to stand up to men and be more confident but sometimes there are consiquences for woman. This doesn’t sound equal to me. Overall I disagree with you.

      • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

        Jae, I’m not so sure. If you look at this chart, the employment rate between men and women were about as equal as it would get. But as time ran on, the employment rate between them began to get more and more and more divergent.

      • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

        I believe that part of what you’re saying is true but even though we have the same rights as men they are not given to us fully, yes we get a lower pay than men and yes that is an issue that our leaders or us as a society are working on. And I do believe that woman’s rights are going to get better and better everyday.

      • NWeix-1stboydbence

        I agree with this, in all honesty I truly see no real issue to complain about. Some people will pay less, but most people generally give equal pay regardless of sex. We should just drop the topic and work on other problems.

      • Riley_R_1BoydBence

        I agree that gender equality is getting better everyday. I still think that more people need to fight for women’s rights. It’s not fair that women get treated differently just because they are girls. This is kind of like the MLK incident. He was fighting for black’s rights. Black people back then didn’t have the same rights as white people did. Now, women don’t get the same rights as men do.

      • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

        I agree with you that women are treated fairly but this is only true for parts of the world. In America we are luckily to have a pretty good system and have equal rights but in other places it isn’t that easy. In Saudi Arabia boys have a higher success and literacy rate than girls. “In Saudi Arabia for instance the literacy rate is 73% for men and 48% for women.” Sadly there are places where women aren’t seen as equals.

      • JacobG_2_BoydBence

        I agree and disagree with you. Men getting paid more then woman is just another little thing that adds to the whole problem of Woman rights. Its these little things that and cause mass situations that don’t end up well. WHy can We all just be the same? why do there have to be these little tiny differences between us?

      • Shemar_D_2

        Yes some day we will all be equal and have the same rights. We are pretty equal and have mostly equal rights.

      • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

        I completely agree, but we need to remember about the women in places other than America. Women are not treated equal everywhere, and we need be aware of that so we can help them get their rights too.
        “Women make up 80 percent of all refugees and displaced people. Instruments of genocide such as sexual violence and rape are often directed at women and girls.” http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-poignant-facts-about-women-around-world If you continue to read on that website you will find many more disturbing things that go against women’s rights. It shows us that we still need to help other countries in their fight for equality. It may be hard to change peoples opinions but it is necessary to achieve equality.

      • SpencerH_4

        I agree but we as in men and women need to work together to get womens rights exactly equal to men! The pay of women on average is less than men. Not for every job but the average overall

      • AlexW_2boydbence

        I agree with the men and women being almost equal, but being arrested for bring up the difference? I think that’s kind of part of this discussion. I don’t know about you, but I’m not in handcuffs right now. Anyway, I disagree about men and women ever being truly equal. I mean the women will be superior to men, then back to the way it is now, then women being superior again. It’ll be an endless cycle. We will never find a middle ground unless one person or a few people take over the government and run it. Even then there will still be some prejudice.

      • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

        I agree though time and effort the world will be changed for the better and people will be treated equal not matter what race, age, or gender. That day is not today but one day.

      • DorianM_3boydbence

        I agree with you men do get paid 77 cents more then women. Women and men should get paid based on the work they do

      • JasminR_3BoydBence

        I agree with you. Women are still not equal. Women have all “written rights”, but men/society we still aren’t seen as equals.

      • MikeM_3boydbence

        http://www.whitehouse.gov/equal-pay/career

        I agree. I think its very dumb that because of your gender you get paid less, it should not matter at all.

      • Lbateman_2boydbence

        Yes it is getting better, but there are still those problems of people not hiring women because they are women. Even when the women are better qualified for the job they won’t hire them. This is not all people, but enough people so that it effects the world.

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      I disagree with you. The amount
      of money woman earn on average is much less than men. This chart is a good
      example for why woman get less money than men. The money amount shown on the
      left is woman and the amount on the right is the average amount of money that
      males make on a weekly earning.

    • alexm_3boydbence

      I have to disagree with you Aaron. Women are taking lower paying jobs because they need to help around the house, with the kids, and etc. If men would help around the house more than maybe things could be different. There is still a lot of sexist jokes about woman, and until those stop I don’t think women should stop fighting for their rights. The article uo above says,” Women, on average, still make less that men in the workplace: about $.77 to every dollar a man makes” Which means women arn’t choosing to make less, its just upon force.

    • emily_p_2shuttle

      I disagree with you. You’re saying all were fighting for is higher paying jobs? We are also fighting for what people think of us. They think of us as low partially because we don’t have a high paying job. That’s not the ONLY factor. There are many others. We are fighting for “fight to gain economic, social and political equality”

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      Aaron, I don’t agree that there isn’t anything else to fight for. Yes our society is more more equal than in the past however there are still issues that need to be addressed. There are many more factors other than a wage gap. It is also a fight for how women are treated and viewed. We need to educate ourselves and bring awareness to people who may not realize there are still situations where women don’t have the same opportunities as men do.

      Here is a link(http://www.forbes.com/sites/kathycaprino/2013/08/29/why-womens-oppression-is-the-moral-dilemma-of-our-time-sheryl-wudunn-speaks-out/) to an article that states, “In short, people are more comfortable with what they know, and men have remained more comfortable with men at the top.” . If we don’t challenge this thinking then nothing will change. The author of the article also asks, “51% of voters in this country are women, so why are there only less than 20% of women in Congress? Why aren’t women voting for women?” While women are included in congress they are very underrepresented and that means our country is missing out on having a diverse and effective government. Women can help bring gender equality by supporting other women who do try and run for congress or climb to the top of the corporate ladder as well as spreading the word and bringing awareness to this issue.

    • Jacob_W_Period3

      Sorry but they aren’t equal. People are so quick to judge that they treat women differently. They see women as the beauty with no brains. It can only be equal if everyone changes their perspective. Otherwise equality will forever be out of reach.

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      I disagree with you, Aaron. I understand that as the years go on, women are getting more rights without a lot of movements and protests, but there shouldn’t have to be the “adding” of women’s rights in the first place. We should be born and raised as equal. There is a video I found of a slam poem attached to this, talking about the differences between man and woman, and how these actions are passed down through generations. It states how women shrink (figuratively) to make room for the men who come into their lives. It says that women have been taught to act a certain way that’s different from men, and they are treated as lesser people. This may not be something to start marching the streets about, but this shows that both genders aren’t necessarily equal in all forms of the word.

      Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQucWXWXp3k

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I disagree with you Aaron. Women aren’t equal yet. If they were, they would be able to play any sport with men. Women aren’t allowed to play Football with other guys because they coaches don’t think that they are tough enough. Women also get payed less than guys.

      • KshitijK_2BoydBence

        I disagree with they get payed less than guys. The pay depending on the job and the position. Lets say a woman is the CEO and a male is not, the woman has a higher pay. So that not inequality. They don’t play the same league is inequality. So that is the only thing they need to fight for equality in, other than that, they are pretty much equal.

    • Julie_B_2_BenceBoyd

      Well Aaron, that may be true for America but not all countries in the world have equal gender rights like we have. Women had to fight to get people to realize that women deserve gender equality. Then did they start gaining more rights. They had to prove that they are equal, then did people start to realize the women who were fighting for gender equality right. Like in Iran, Women had to fight for the right to compete in sports and the Olympics. Most countries that have gender equality, Women in some point in history fought for their rights like sojourner truth who fought for black women’s rights by giving talks and writing that one famous poem”Ain’t I Women”. So you see some women in this world are still fighting fir their rights!

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      While I do agree that woman are getting lower paying jobs, I disagree that there isn’t anything left to fight for. While men and woman are becoming more equal on more things, woman are still not looked totally looked at as equal. Sure maybe some jobs are hireing more woman people are still making remarks about woman. Society is really holding woman back against the fight for equality. Men can still make sexual comments about woman but woman can’t do the same to men without getting looked down at. There is still something to fight for.

    • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

      Aaron, I think women need to still fight for their rights. This is the same picture from my first post and women are still below men. I mean at least make an effort to make it as closet as you can.

    • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

      You are correct on that we have pretty much equal rights except for pay, but there will always be something to fight for and that I guarantee. Women and men may be almost equal but not quite. So there is something to fight for. Equality is a right and sadly the human race doesn’t have it yet.

    • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

      I disagree with you, even though us woman have the same rights as you men those rights are not applied fully if that makes sense. We have the same jobs as men but we still get a lower pay for doing the same and that is not fair so this is a situation that needs to be solved. Yes, by law woman have the same rights as men but at the end they are not given to us fully.

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      I disagree with you. There is so much more to fight for that people don’t even notice. Women aren’t even looked to as equals compared to men. Women are strong and independent. Most women don’t “choose” to have lower paying jobs, some women in households have the better paying jobs than men and stay out later than me. That is just some women, most women work the same jobs as men and get less money. Below I have women’s political rights in Saudi Arabia. The women’s unemployment is nearly 10% higher than mens.

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      I don’t agree with you. There are still many problem involving woman’s rights and some people just cant seem to see it while others can. The situation can get out of hand and in some cases it has. In a sense people could be blind to what is happening in the world around them.

    • MichaelF_2boydbence

      i semi-agree with you. I dont think that women are purposely taking lower paying jobs just so they can stay at home. I do agree with the women getting more jobs and rights though

    • Ryan_R_2

      I disagree with you. Not everything is covered, there are still some gaps. Things may be covered in america, but not the whole world. There is still a lot to fight for.

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      If we are talking about America only, then I agree. However there are places in the world where women don’t have equal rights. “Many discriminatory laws still relate to family law, limiting a woman’s right to marry, divorce and remarry, and allowing for such marital practices as polygamy. Mali, Sudan and Yemen are among countries with laws still mandating “wife obedience” in marital relations” http://www.msmagazine.com/summer2004/globalwomenlaw.asp As you can tell from that website, there are many problems still regarding women’s rights around the world. Just because in America women’s rights aren’t as much of a problem doesn’t mean we should stop the fight for equality. We need to keep fighting until women all over the world have their rights, not just the ones in America.

    • JTM_3boydbence

      I agree with you 100%. We are exactly the same and most times they are even treated better. I know they are in the military.

    • ClaireG_4boydbence

      Aaron, I don’t agree with you fully. There are several women who don’t take the lower paying jobs or work part time and are still mistreated. We all have a tendency to turn away from the issue and pretend it is no there, but it is. Gender inequality affects women and girls constantly. Legally, there maybe more equality given. However, men still treat women differently. I’m not saying all men do, but some do act this way. Gender equality, even if its not a legal issue any longer, needs to be changed.

    • SpencerH_4

      They shouldn’t have to earn there rights men were just given them women should to until they screw up. But the same is for men if we screw up then we should loose rights to. Here are the stats of women to men for all of military!
      Women deserve all the rights mens have…..

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      I disagree with you. You are only focusing on the United States, not other countries. Saudi Arabia has a huge equal rights problem, there women are not even allowed to drive as the link below shows. Women have had to put in enormous efforts to convince congress to change rights so that women can vote. They needed to fight for that. Plus more and more women are joining the military to protect their country. They do this for others, not because they are allowed to. That is why I disagree with you.

      http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/26/world/meast/saudi-arabia-women-drivers/

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you women in countries like the US are treated almost entirely equally. I think that we should get more people to pay attention to countries that force women beneath men.

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      I disagree with you there is much more to fight for, but people just dont tend to notice. People dont look at women the same way they look at men. Even today women aren’t as superior as men are. In the video below it states how women dont have higher rankings than men do. That if a company with a female board representation outperform those with no women at all. This video is saying that woman can just be as good as a men at a job if they just give us the chance to .

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpcJn39hz6g

    • LawsonZ_3BoydBence

      That is the point I have gotten at. The idea of both sides being equal in the law is were we are at, but when we look at the paychecks the difference is huge. People look at them very differently and that is what we need to fix

    • Brent_L_Per1

      I disagree, there are many places that would pay women less for the same job as a man. I think that women’s rights can’t be written off until men and women are truly equal.

    • MichelleS_3_boydbence

      Aaron B., I somewhat agree and disagree with you. Men and women do have equal rights, but in reality they aren’t being treated equally. For example, there is a large gap between how much men and women get payed. We have come a long way, but men are still seen as much more superior compared to women. We must continue to fight for equality and fairness!

    • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

      I disagree with you on this because while in America women’s rights are fairly equal there are many countries where women don’t have the right to go to school, much less vote.

    • Lbateman_2boydbence

      Their rights are the same, but there are many sexist people out there that won’t hire women and that is bad for those women that do want to work and get paid more than the adverse person,

  • Chewy_5683

    http://www.prowrestlingdigest.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/mildred-burke06.jpg

    http://www.pwhf.org/halloffamers/bios/burke.asp

    There are so many women who have changed history. But my favorite is Mildred Burke, the first ever female wrestler. I feel like she did such a big thing but still to this day only one woman has a match in every 7-8 men matches. It’s better than 0, but it just goes to show how woman are not equal in this world. I love wrestling and I love even more, woman wrestlers. Stating that we are just as athletic as men, and taking the hits through it as well, literally. I like seeing a girl take a huge hit and not cry, or not get upset they broke a nail, or that their face is going to be bruised and swollen or their hair is messed up.

    Now with the internet, I feel like we can get the message around so much easier, but just because it’s easier doesn’t mean it’s easy.

  • Madysen League

    Why should women have to be the ones having to fight? What makes us any less than men? Just because that’s how we’re supposed to be looked at because that’s what society thinks, doesnt mean that’s how the world has to run. Or should I say “sit” because no one is changing anything.

    • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

      I completely agree. According to research, women and men are completely capable of doing what men can do. Physically and mentally, it is proven that there isn’t much of a difference about each other. I agree that there shouldn’t have been any fighting for in the first place, if both genders are equal, then it shouldn’t matter.

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      I agree with you Madysen Leauge. According to research, women can do anything physically and mentally just like men. For example they are women in the army fighting for countries like commander Janill Castillo. She is risking her life for our country U.S. just so we don’t have to go to war. Which means that we as women can do anything men can do no matter what it is.

  • Jalen Lewis

    I don’t think there is much else that women can do to fight for gender equality. There has been huge progress since WWII and there continues to be steps made. I think that men and women are pretty equal and there is no need to fight.

    • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

      Jaden, I agree with you that there has been a lot of progress made, but I think that women could definitely step it up some to make a positive change! Women can start taking leadership roles/positions and earning more money for their hard-working jobs! Some women work just as hard as men and don’t get nearly as much credit or profit. For example, in the article above, it mentioned that women make about $.77 to every dollar a man makes. Women should have just as much potential to make as much as men. We are all humans so we should all have the same rights. The article below talks about women in Saudi Arabia fighting for their right to drive! They are making it a HUGE protest. They aren’t just fighting for their rights to drive, they are fighting for an education, a career, and even maintaining their own healthcare!
      http://www.policymic.com/articles/70181/saudi-arabian-women-driving-they-re-not-just-fighting-for-their-right-to-drive

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      Women are still struggling with equal rights.We don’t get paid as much as men do even when we work the same jobs.Women around the world still also get mistreated and disrespected constantly. read this article and these info graphics to get a better understanding of womens struggles.
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/linda-durnell/disrespect_b_1468877.html

    • Guest

      Women are still struggling with equal rights.We don’t get paid as much as men do even when we work the same jobs.Women around the world still also get mistreated and disrespected constantly. read this article and this info graphic to get a better understanding of womens struggles.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/linda-durnell/disrespect_b_1468877.html

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      Women are still struggling with equal rights.We don’t get paid as much as men do even when we work the same jobs.Women around the world still also get mistreated and disrespected constantly. Read this article and these info graphics to get a better understanding of women’s struggles.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/linda-durnell/disrespect_b_1468877.html

  • Guest

    The problem with gender equality in the United States is that most people could agree that women are equal to men. However, this is not true. On average, women make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes, which totals out to 5,000 dollars per year, according to thewhitehouse.gov. In addition, nearly 50 million children depend on women’s salaries to survive. In over half of american homes, women are the breadwinners, or supporter of the family.
    Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/equal-pay/career#top

  • brittneyd_3boydbence

    The problem with gender equality in the United States is that most people could agree that women are equal to men. However, this is not true. On average, women make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes, which totals out to 5,000 dollars per year, according to thewhitehouse.gov. In addition, nearly 50 million children depend on women’s salaries to survive. Over half of american homes have women as their breadwinners, or main source of income.

    Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/equal-pay/career#top

  • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

    Women can fight for rights by taking leadership roles and standing up for themselves! Women’s rights have improved in the United States since the late 1960’s. This was the first major women’s movement. The website below talks about the Feminist Movement and how the world of American women was limited in almost every respect, from family life to the workplace. A woman was expected to follow one path: to marry in her early 20s, start a family quickly, and devote her life to homemaking (cooking, cleaning, etc.). As one woman at the time put it, “The female doesn’t really expect a lot from life. She’s here as someone’s keeper — her husband’s or her children’s.” Women should be able to expect a lot out of life! She should have the freedom to be whatever she wants! They should be able to pursue happiness! By not having the same rights as men, becoming what they are capable of, that could be taking away their potential element!

    http://tavaana.org/en/content/1960s-70s-american-feminist-movement-breaking-down-barriers-women

    The woman in history that I most admire is Harriet
    Tubman. She was a slave and abolitionist;
    she conducted the Underground Railroad and led over 300 slaves to freedom. (1820–1913) Harriet was an incredible leader and this act shows that men aren’t the
    only ones who can make a difference. Women can accomplish amazing things even when they DON’T get the opportunities.

  • t’ohno’pain

    To me i think that women have earned a lot of right just like men. But for me i cant figure out what is left for them to find to be equal.I guess what im saying is whats left to fight for. I mean that women can do what ever they chose like politics, military, and anything in between. while it does say in the article that they do make less money, over the years there pay has been growing.so i think that they dont have to fight over it anymore.

    http://www.pay-equity.org/info-time.html

    • Melody_M_2

      I agree I dont think that there is much to fight for here in america but pay. Woman can do any thing that a man can do here like military and politics. I think that we should move onto bigger things like gay rights right now.

    • AlexW_2boydbence

      Well, yes women are making more over time, but men are getting paid more too according to your graph. Also, look at the percentages and dollar differences. Those are increasing as well. That’s what the feminists are going crazy about. Not that women are not making enough, but they are not making as much as men.

    • IsabellaV_3boydbence

      T’ohno’pain,
      Technically, men and women are equal. There are women who work in politics and in the military, but there aren’t as many women working in those fields as men. Usually men are in the military. Yes, there are women in the military, but there are more men there than women. Here is a graph of how many men and women who are in the military.

  • Shane Myers

    I believe that womens’ rights have gone about as far as they can at this point because now people are focusing on gay peoples rights and i would also say that women are fairly equal in todays day and age.
    http://meaningfullife.com/social/womenANDmen/Women_AND_Men_-_Different_but_EqualQUESTION.php

    • Guest

      Not exactly. Girls may be equal, but according to some websites, women earn 78 cents for every 1 dollar a man makes. According to research, men and women are seamlessly capable of doing each others work. It may look like men and women are equal enough, but nothing is as it seems.
      http://meaningfullife.com/social/womenANDmen/Women_AND_Men_-_Different_but_EqualQUESTION.php

    • Melody_M_2

      I agree, although the pay could be a little better I think that we should move on to other areas like gay peoples rights. I think that we should help other places that dont have woman rights get them.

  • Annabelle

    Compared with many major European countries, the U.S. had relatively stagnant women’s labor force participation between 1990 and 2010. From the NY times interactive article. I don’t believe this has happened cause we haven’t “fought” for it, we do have enough opportunities, we just have to start taking them! if anything we should fight for it in other countries. ‘Members of the Constituent Assembly agreed last week to remove a proposed article which provided some constitutional support for gender equality — provided that such equality did not violate the provisions of Islamic Sharia law.’ stated in the article below, others need a little push from us to help women around the world!!

    http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/women-s-equality-article-removed-constitution

  • jfk

    women need to push political and legal reforms in order to increase their human rights. in the article attached they talk about this. their will be many chalnges for this. many women are looked down apon and men are considered superior in many countries. women will always have to fight for equallity for a while. luckly conditions are improving. womens rights are increasing .

    http://www.unfpa.org/gender/

    • Kyle_C_3boydbence

      I don’t think women need to do all this because there are so many more things to do than fight for things like this. Women are basically as equal or even more equal than men. But in other countries I think they should keep fighting for women’s rights if they are not as equal as men because everyone should treated equal but in the U.S. I think they don’t need to fight anymore.

    • madisono-2boydbence

      JFK,

      Yes, women need to make an effort in order to increase there rights but, we shouldn’t have to do this alone. Everyone who believes that women deserve these rights should support and help fight for them. Women are looked down upon in many countries but, the US is one of them, so why are women not equal with men. I don’t believe that women will always have to fight for their rights. We will get to a point where women will have equal rights with men.

      This link is to a website that is about Women’s Rights, it explains some of what has happened and is happening through out this fight for freedom.

      http://www.globalissues.org/article/166/womens-rights

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      JFK,

      I agree that we need to push for women’s rights but we have to remember that is shouldn’t just be women fighting. Men play a part in this situation and we need them to help make it better. Even if all the women in the world are fighting and pushing for equal rights, because men are the powerful positions in a lot of the world it won’t be enough. We have to bring this issue to everyones attention and have men fight for this cause as well. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/clinton-men-responsible-womens-rights-22673633 Others share this opinion as seen in this article.

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      JFK,

      Yes I agree with you. We
      have not had a woman president in the United States. Some other examples of
      political issues with woman rights are, “Women also make up only 20 percent of
      the U.S. Senate and 18 percent of the House of Representatives.” If more woman
      join a political job, then there might be more woman opened to other job opportunities.

    • Jacob_W_Period3

      I agree because men are so quick to assume women are all beauty and no brain or brawn and they can’t handle these things. If equality is to be reached then its to be because women get in the mans face and just give them what for. Equality is reached once the women speaks out and changes our perception of women being weak. When really they can be some of the strongest people ever.

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree that women should be equal to men, but a lot of the problem isn’t on the women. It’s the men. I’m not trying to start a war or accuse anybody, but I’m pretty darn sure women aren’t trafficking each other in other countries, as well as telling their gender that they aren’t allowed to do something. The men believe to have more power than the women and that’s why this is a continuing problem. If there was a different mindset from the men performing these actions, there would be less problems. And although conditions are improving, there shouldn’t be any conditions in the first place, and everyone should be born equal.

    • Julie_B_2_BenceBoyd

      JFK , Don’t you think that women that are fighting for their rights already do that! In some countries it’s difficult to push there political and legal reforms because the government is run totally by men. Even though women in some countries are looked down upon by men doesn’t mean that they don’t consider women sacred or special in the religion.

    • CallieH_2BoydBence

      In my opinion, I must disagree. It’s not just women that have to fight. It’s everyone of the same opinion. If what you believe in isn’t worth fighting for to you, then why even believe in it? Sure, conditions are improving. But at the pace of half a snail. So, in other words, TOO SLOW. I know that changing hearts takes a lot of time, but also think of religions. Think of all the different factors. The fact of the matter is, that it’s gonna take more than a few people to pull something like this off and all the women involved will be playing with fire. Nope, forget fire. They’ll be gambling their lives. Just look at honor killings, where even a little girl can be murdered by her family for ‘dishonoring’ them, which can be for pretty much even looking at a member of the opposite sex.

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I disagree with you. This needs to be more of people’s movement. More men and women need to fight for this cause. It’s not fair that women get treated differently because they are girls.

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      I agree with you that women should take part in politics and legal. Having women in country’s governments can help other countries to see how important and powerful women are. Women are looked down upon and sadly it comes to women having to prove themselves in order for men to see them as equals. Getting awareness and women in power can build the equality between men and women.

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you. Men are considered the superior sex and women just sit around doing household chores. We are strong and independent, we don’t need a man in our lives that will just put us down. Women have grown stronger and it’s time that men notice it. Below I have a picture of Women’s Political Rights around the world in 1947

    • lilliand_3_boydbence

      I kind of agree with you, but at the same time most things woman and men do everyone is treated equal. In some case they are not.

    • LawsonZ_3BoydBence

      I do not agree with this. People don’t need to ask for a chance to shine when the chance has been giving just waiting for them to take it. I am not saying everything is done but the answer is not to go to politicians and ask for more when they have been given what they need.

    • Brent_L_Per1

      I agree that the next step is probably trying to pass legislation. I think that it should be illegal for a business to pay men and women differently for the same job.

    • Christian H.

      The right for women is America has already been given, the edges just need to be refined a little. Rights for women in foreighn countries however is seriously lacking. They do need to ask for their moment to prove equality, they need to push for it and bring to light the potential hidden underneath the oppression.

    • MichelleS_3_boydbence

      I somewhat agree. Women and men have the same rights. I do not think that we need to go to politicians and ask for what has already been given. The problem is that just because we have the rights does not mean that men and women are actually being treated equally and fairly. We must continue to fight for equality no matter how long it takes.

  • andrewbeyer

    i feel that both genders have almost the same rights and opportunities in the modern world other than pay in some jobs, but the field is fairly level in this day and age. i feel that they have come quite a long ways

    http://www.infoplease.com/spot/womenstimeline3.html

    • ChristineP_4BoydBence

      We aren’t as equal as you make it sound. Although, we have come a long way. For instance,
      1 out of every 6 will be sexually assaulted and/or raped in her lifetime.
      Although 48% of law school graduates and 45% of law firm associates are female, women make up only 22% of federal-level and 26% of state-level judgeships.
      For more statistics on women’s rights and issues visit this website below…
      http://womensissues.about.com/od/feminismequalrights/a/Top10FactsAboutWomen.htm

    • madisono-2boydbence

      Andrew,
      I agree, we have come a long way and, that women and men in the USA almost have the same rights but, not fully. But, not all men and women are as equal as here in the USA. In other countries around the world women are looked down upon and men are superior. For instance, in Pakistan, many women are banned from attending school and getting an education, as well as other things. A girl named Malala Yousafzai, was one of these girls who got banned from that right. She spoke about her view, etc. on a blog and then was shot by the Taliban but, survived. She now is one of the youngest women’s rights activist. I mentioned this because, not only do we need to improve here in America, but also in many countries around the world that have it much worst than us.

      Here is a link to a Zeega I made about Malala.
      http://zeega.com/162719

    • MarkL_3BoydBence

      That’s not true. There are multiple areas besides pay in which they aren’t equal. This articles says that “It is estimated that 70% of the illiterate adults in the world are female.”

      Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/linda-durnell/disrespect_b_1468877.html

    • Melody_M_2

      I agree. I thing that mostly in america there are the same rights and opportunities during this time for everyone but one thing that is not the same is the pay and i thing we should fix that but all in all i think that we have come quite a long ways

  • Brenton Jakeway

    Oprah Winfey has helped many and brought light to many issues in the world (PBS news hour article) women should keep fighting to remind women that the past is the past.

    Only 17% of the seats in Congress are held by women.
    1 out of 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
    1 out of every 6 will be sexually assaulted and/or raped in her lifetime.
    Although 48% of law school graduates and 45% of law firm associates are female, women make up only 22% of federal-level and 26% of state-level judgeships.
    stated in the article below, so as you can see there is definitely room to improve!

    http://womensissues.about.com/od/feminismequalrights/a/Top10FactsAboutWomen.htm

  • Josh Knight

    I believe women and men both have equal rights, women are capable of doing anything men can do. if men and women have different rights, to me that sounds kinda sexist. both genders should have an equal amount of rights.

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      I agree with you Josh Knight that men and women have equal rights and women are capable of doing anything a man can do. Just like in the graph below it shows that skilled agriculture workers are mostly women. It also shows that women got more jobs than men in all of these job on the graph expect for one. Which means that women should be treated equally, since that have the knowledge and strength.

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      Well Josh thats the thing men and women don’t have equal rights. I appreciate you saying that we can do work equally we can pretty much all do the same work but when we do actually the same job women tend to get paid less and treated differently.Many people don’t realize that even though we are actually able to do the same work does’t mean we get treated as we should or paid the same.I have a info-graph that shows examples of some jobs that both men and women do but get paid less.Now you can see that we don’t have equal rights.I also have to say that you’re right we definitely should have the same rights!

  • ellielynn

    I don’t believe there is a huge difference between the rights for both men and women. As the article says, women may make a little less and have less hours because they want to be home helping out the family but they certainly have the opportunity to work just as much as men and make as much as men do.
    According to many online articles there is still a lot of room for improvement with the rights between men and women, but they are fairly close. Woman can do as much as a man can do as long as they put in the effort.
    http://themattwalshblog.com/2013/09/02/men-and-women-are-not-equal/

    • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

      Not exactly. Girls may be equal, but according to some websites, women earn 78 cents for every 1 dollar a man makes. According to research, men and women are seamlessly capable of doing each others work. It may look like men and women are equal enough, but nothing is as it seems.

      http://meaningfullife.com/social/womenANDmen/Women_AND_Men_-_Different_but_EqualQUESTION.php

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      I would have to disagree with you I think there is a pretty big difference between women’s rights and men’s rights. This info-graph shows that the wage gap is even higher for african american and hispanic women. That right there shows that the discrimination is still pretty bad.The thing to a lot of people women’s rights is “old news” and too many people that its okay how it is when its not fare in any way period.

  • Matt Cleland

    The women are getting closer and closer to getting the same equal rights. But they are still not good enough because the get less money than men for some jobs. Now that women make up half of the American workforce and it is important that they get paid the same to help the United States.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-sander-/the-fight-for-womens-equality_b_3617838.html

    • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

      I completely agree with you. Women are getting very close to the same equal rights, but not close enough. According to my graph women are still receiving lower pays even when they are known as “equal”. Some people say that it’s just because they stay home to stay with their family, but that’s not always the case. Plus, if they are so “equal” why are there still some protests.

    • madisono-2boydbence

      Matt,
      I agree that women are getting closer and closer to having equal rights but, we are just not there yet. Women play a huge role in this country today, so why are we not equal to men and sometimes look down upon. That being said, many women in other countries have much fewer rights than we do. The man is superior to the woman, and in my opinion I think that is wrong. Women can do almost everything men can do, and in our country I would expect it to be that way. I think that we need to keep fighting, and with good support from others we can one day, soon, have equal rights.
      This link is to the Huffington Post, it talks about the best and worst countries for women.
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/24/global-gender-gap-report-2012-best-worst-countries-women_n_2006395.html

  • John Clark

    More women are competing in the Olympics stated in the PBS newshour Extra article. Yes we are making progress in womens rights but there is ALWAYS room to improve. such as

    Even in the 10 top paying jobs for women, females earn less than men; only one career — speech pathology — pays the same regardless of gender.

    It’s not any better at the top. America’s top female CEOs earn, on average, 33 cents for every dollar earned by a male CEO.

    There’s nothing in the U.S. Constitution that guarantees women the same rights as a man. Despite attempts to add an Equal Rights Amendment, there is no guarantee of equal rights for women in any legal document or any piece of legislation.

    Despite previous attempts to ratify a UN treaty guaranteeing the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, the U.S. refuses to support an international bill of rights for women signed by nearly every other nation on the planet.

    The World Economic Forum’s 2009 report on the Global Gender Gap ranked 134 countries for gender parity. The U.S. didn’t even make the top 10 — it came in at number 31.

    listed in the article below, women should still fight until they get what they want(they do it anyways)

    http://womensissues.about.com/od/feminismequalrights/a/Top10FactsAboutWomen.htm

  • Kat VanHuis

    women need to fight for their rights. we as women need to come together and fight for every women in the world so we are all equal.; many foreign countries believe that men are better than women. in the article attached they talk about the national organization for women and how they fight for freedom. women need to stand up.

    http://www.rainbo.org/organizations-fight-for-womens-rights/

    • JTM_3boydbence

      I feel like they do in other countries. But here in the us woman are equal or most of the time treated better than men. How many times did you pay for the dinner on the first date?

  • Jeremy H.

    In the U.S i really don’t see what else there is to work towards. The only thing really left is the pay gap which is explained in the article link here: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-01-30/gender-inequality-in-the-workplace-what-data-analytics-says, even so the pay gap hasn’t been contested much. Arguments of both male and female being treated unequal are always going to be contested whether its the unfair treatment of males in court situations involving females, or the unfair treatment in a work environment for women, no matter what we can never truly be equal. As for other countries it’s more of a struggle for their version of equality. Just because it seems unfair treatment to us Americans, doesn’t mean that it seems unfair to the females in the other countries.

  • Trey Sullivan

    To me, it seems like there isn’t much to fight for. Both genders are basically equal. The only reason some women take lower paying jobs with less hours is because they want to be at home more, not because they can’t get higher paying jobs.

    http://www.ehow.com/facts_5456456_womens-rights-presentday-america.html

    • Alice_B_4boydbence

      Men and women are not “basically equal”. Whilst men are allowed to do as they will with their bodies, women’s are still regulated to the extreme. The most obvious example is unconstitutional restrictions on abortion, like the attempted laws in Arkansas, North Carolina, and Texas, are most obvious, but school dress codes are sexist as well, since they hypersexualize normal body parts as far as girls are concerned. Also, it’s not true that women don’t want to work–the current employment rate in the US is 63%, and more women are seeking jobs.

    • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

      Although both genders may seem equal, women are still close to having equal rights. Yes, women might take lower paying jobs so they can take care of their family, but that isn’t the case for all women. Women still face discrimination due to gender.

  • ChristineP_4BoydBence

    It’s not up to society on how women are viewed. Men are always going to feel superior, most of them at least. It’s up to the women and rights activists. We have come a long way since the 1950’s. Women are becoming engineers, lawyers, doctors etc. Usually these would be “mens jobs”. It’s gender segregation but with all of the women standing up for themselves nowadays we are coming a long way and things are only getting better.

  • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

    As it said in the article, women are usually taking the lower paying jobs and working less hours so they can be at home. This is a stereotype that society has developed through the years, no matter what we do some men are always going to feel superior to woman and there isn’t much we can do about it. We have learned to stand up for ourselves through the years and we have gained our respective rights but still those rights are not given to us fully…we still have a lower pay and we still are considered by some men as household people. To conclude this we have to also recognize that we have come a long way and we have accomplished so many things we still have a long way to go and we’re going to accomplish so much more.

  • Alice_B_4boydbence

    In order to affect change, we must first change the system in which we want equality. Western culture is structured so that no matter what, at least one group will be oppressed. We have the capability to feed and house every person in Amercia–we simply don’t–and unfortunately, the vast majority of those people are non-white, and according to UN.org, “More than 1 billion people in the world today, the great majority of whom are women, live in unacceptable conditions of poverty.” Women must also unite to fight sexism and misogyny together, which means no more gendered insults directed at each other, such as b*tch, sl*t, or wh*re, and encouraging other girls to succeed, thereby eliminating internalized misogyny.
    Women also need to stop being blamed. “Friend-zoning”, although at first seems petty and trivial, involves men (or, nice guys, as they refer to themselves) extending common courtesies to women and expecting a romantic gesture or sexual favor in return, and insulting women when they don’t, which also leads to objectification.
    I was only twelve the first time a young man yelled something vulgar at me while I was walking down the street, and I’ve never been more scared. Women and girls are not objects for men to look at, but just from flipping through a magazine, you wouldn’t know it. Our bodies are used to sell things, and everything about us is supposed to cater to men. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been told to smile because it’ll make me look prettier, or to not be bossy because boys don’t like that.
    Even the wage gap, the most obvious signifier of sexism, is directly compared to men–white women earn 77 cents to a man’s dollar. Everything about women can be directly linked back to men, from their right to reproduce, to their last name if they choose to marry, to job choice, to the way they choose to look and how they want to look.
    In media, we saw all kinds of men–fat, short, tall, skinny, muscular–but only one kind of woman; the picture of Western beauty standards. Even if a man is unattractive by most standards, a women has to be beautiful in order to earn his attention and his love. And if you choose not to want that attention and that love, you’re deemed crazy.

  • LJE4N

    I really think that women and men have become as equal as possible. People fighting for gender equality seem to be extremists that want things such as Olympic events not being separated into genders (e.g. women’s or men’s figure skating) but I really think that if men and women become equal on that level the men would win and the women would feel more oppressed. Women and men are built differently on a physical, mental and anatomical level meaning that there really is no total equality between the genders but rather the statement “separate, but equal” applies much better to the ideal situation of gender equality.

    • Alec Viera

      Absolutely. It’s unfortunate that there are still obvious inequalities like pay (avg $.77 to every dollar a man makes?) but since gender equality has been a true hot topic these past couple centuries, I assume that will gradually balance over time. So many people seem to get caught up in irrational anger and try to make male/female genders seem exactly the same in build and power, but in reality, we’re given different kinds of physical build and mental tendency so there’s really no point in fighting that. We should love the different qualities the genders have.

      #stepp4

    • Kyle_C_3boydbence

      If everyone in the Olympics then there would be a big stir up all this stuff and then politics would get into it and the Olympics are supposed to be a peaceful environment with no politics or anything. Also if guys and girls competed together and the guys swept the podium then everybody would flip out and be like lets all be fair and all this stuff. That would just start up a war all by itself.

    • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

      They are close to being equal, but it is not extreme that women are fighting for their rights, some girls can do what boys can do or maybe they can do even better. But I agree, olympic races should be separated by gender in some events.

    • Lukep_3boydbence

      Yes, women and men have become equal as possible. When it comes to things such as the Olympics that really doesn’t belong here. This article is meant to talk about the achievement women have accomplished. Like the fact that they are able to get high ranking jobs. “Women also make up only 20 percent of the U.S. Senate and 18 percent of
      the House of Representatives, and only 4.6 percent of Fortune 500
      companies have female CEOs.” Now looking back about gender equality, women now have jobs that only some men could only dream of having. Women have made great strides and are continuing to do so.

    • IsabellaV_3boydbence

      LJEN4N,
      I disagree with you. I don’t think that men and women have become equal as possible. In the Olympics, they should be separated because they are both built differently, but that is not a big problem compared to equal pay, the right to vote, or the right to drive. For example, in Saudi Arabia women are not allowed to drive. There is still a gender gap all around the world. Here is a map of the gender gap all around the world.

  • madisono-2boydbence

    As said in the Introduction by PBS NewsHour Extra, “Since 1950, the percentage of women participating in the labor force has nearly doubled, from about 34 percent of women holding jobs outside the home then, to about 60 percent now.” Women these days, should be grateful for what the women before us have done. They have made great progress but, we still room to improve.
    “Women, on average, still make less that men in the workplace: about $.77 to every dollar a man makes, mainly because women take lower paying jobs or work fewer hours so they can be at home.” This quote from the Introduction by PBS NewsHour Extra explains a lot. Many women have the responsibility of taking care of their children, and sometimes more then men. For example my family, my mom quit her job so she could to take care of my sisters and me, this left only my dad working, this is the case for many families across the country.
    Something we can do to make progress in the fight of gender equality is, to raise the amount of time so men take care of their children.By doing this, the women have more time to do other things, one of which could be working. But, this would not be a solution for everyone so, we would need to find multiple ways.
    One thing to take in to consideration is the willingness of people to accept and consider women for certain jobs. What I mean is, some people have a mindset that men do better work and that it is more efficient to have it that way. So, if a women came in for an interview or sent in a resume, they may not take the time to really consider them for that position.
    A women I really admire is Malala Yousafzai. Born in Pakistan, where women have few rights. Where Malala grew up a right that women didn’t have was education because the Taliban had banned it. Since the age of 11-12 she wrote for a blog. She told stories of her life under the Taliban’s rule and talking about her views on promoting eduction rights for women. One day, at the age of 15, she was on the “bus” home from school when she got shot by a gunman. Ever since then she has been living in England where she still fights for women’s right of education, at the age of 16. She was nominated for two nobel peace prizes and was on Times top 100 most influential in 2013.
    In conclusion, we have come a long way in the fight for gender equality but, we can still improve. There are many options and opportunities, we need to do what we can and take advantage of them.

  • CJ_Bute2boydbence

    I believe that society has no control on women. Gender shouldn’t matter, we can do anything if we put our mind to it. I mean there are women’s who are lawyers, navy seal, police officer, doctors,and firefighters. These are considered as “men’s jobs”, which they are not because women can do anything a men can do. In the article they say, “women are usually taking the lower paying
    jobs and working less hours so they can be at home.” I feel like this quote is so wrong. Because we know how to stand up for ourselves. Men are always going to
    feel superior, so It’s up to the women to make themselves feel superior by accomplishing things that other people couldn’t never think you could.

  • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

    From the past woman have been treated very poorly just because of their gender. Through the past, woman have fought through the hard times and look how far they have gotten! One should not be discriminated just for something that they couldn’t change. For example, Rosa Parks. She has truly inspired not only me, but people all over the world. She could’ve listened to the others, but she CHOSE to stick up. People were scared to fight back, but with her bravery lit the fire inside of others, and have gotten this far. According to my graph, woman have been treated so low, that they even get a lower pay JUST because of their gender. An obstacle is that men think than woman aren’t as strong as them. Jobs like the army or more violent jobs were limited from woman. Women are considered as “weak” and “hopeless” when in reality they are strength and hope.

  • Lukep_3boydbence

    Yes, women didn’t have that many rights back then. In the video it said they were expected to get married, have kids, and stay at home. They were expected to stay at home and do chores around the house. Now look at them now, they are pretty much equal to men now. “Since 1950, the percentage of women participating in the labor force has nearly doubled, from about 34 percent of women holding jobs outside the home then, to about 60 percent now. Greater economic opportunities for women have meant that they have more options and choices in life than they had before.” They have better chances at getting great jobs, and getting chances they never thought they could. Sure men make a little more money than women, but women have basically the same amount of rights as men. There is really no more need to fight for rights cause over time they will gain them. If women just keep doing what their doing, they will become even more equal to men.

  • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

    “We need to live in a world where me do half women let them do half and being a parent isn’t a full time job for a women and a part time job for a man.” -Sheryl Sandberg (facebook coo)
    “when you hear so many people around telling you’re story.you then come to understand that its not really you’re story its a lot of peoples story.” -Byllye Avery (women’s health advocate)
    Just like the article above was saying “We may take it for granted now that a woman can be the secretary of state, the head of General Motors, or even president of the United States, but it wasn’t so long ago when it was almost inconceivable for a woman to achieve any of these accomplishments.”
    I hear many people say oh,well women are being treated equally now I mean it’s better then what it used to be. What many people like that don’t know is that even though we now have the opportunity to work a certain job does’t mean we get treated with respect or equally.When we go to work or serve people we don’t always get paid the same amount for the same exact work.That doesn’t sound very fair to me and too many people think thats it’s okay or just let it go.Despite the fact some people don’t stand up for whats right there are more and more making there voices stand out as they should be. While there are a few great women in the past few years that have done some great things too me it doesn’t seem like enough. If we really want to make a difference more of us need to keep pushing and pushing and gathering up.We ladies could have so much proof of getting treated unfairly I don’t see why we still get treated as we do.
    We women are so strong and if we fight hard enough I just know we can get even further.

    • Luke_A_Period3

      The equal pay is a manipulated statistic, as shown here, they do not get paid less for the same exact work. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/02/01/no-women-don-t-make-less-money-than-men.html They get paid less on average, but that does not include years of education, or hours worker, or years of employment, or anything, other than gender.

      • Alice_B_4boydbence

        No it’s not. Legally, we make the same, but women are typically only hired for lower-paying jobs.

        • Luke_A_Period3

          What kind of “lower-paying” jobs? Also- in order to be hired you have to apply, women are forced to apply for a job they do not want/need.

          • Alice_B_4boydbence

            We feel obligated to be homemakers because of the oppressive standards white men like yourself place on us.

          • Luke_A_Period3

            Thats an opinion of yours, and I respect it, even if I disagree with it. However, 1) please do no present your opinion as fact, and 2) there are plenty of oppressive standards placed on men. Men are expected to be the breadwinners, to be able to play sports, to be knowledgeable about common sports, as well as to look nice, and be “swole”. However, when a man brings something like this up, he is not respected.

          • Alice_B_4boydbence

            Exactly! This is a prime example of what is referred to in feminist circles as “patriarchy” ( a social system in which the role of the male as the primary authority figure is central to social organization, and where fathers hold authority over women, children, and property. It implies the institutions of male rule and privilege, and is dependent on female subordination, as defined by princeton.edu) turning around and affecting men negatively. Maybe it’s time for you to stop slapping yourself in the face and then complaining about it.

          • Luke_A_Period3

            I can’t understand “turning around and affecting men negatively”

          • Alice_B_4boydbence

            Patriarchy can only exist when it is subordinating women. Work on your reading comprehension skills.

      • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

        Luke just look at this and tell me how this is fare? we don’t get payed the same it is not a manipulated statistic.If you have to go ask a women that works one of these jobs yourself.

  • Kyle_C_3boydbence

    There is really nothing more to fight for because everyone wether your a male or female has pretty much the same rights. Also if everyone was equal everyone would get payed the same, for the same job of course, and everyone would pay the same for bills. So girls would pay as much a men do because men pay more on average for car insurance http://www.esurance.com/car-insurance-info/women-pay-less-for-car-insurance. And women would pay for things like for first dates and everything like that because we are all equal right?

    • Alice_B_4boydbence

      I understand how you can think that women and men are equal–it’s hard to see oppression when it doesn’t affect you directly. As a white person, I can’t see racism as clearly as a person of color, for example. Your argument, though, is flawed. Were I to simplify your argument (please keep in mind that is a dramatic simplification), in essence what it would be is “hey, here’s one thing in which men get the shorter end if the stick. Still think feminism is cool?” But as I have before, I can wax poetic about all the examples of sexism there are.
      The first I will touch on is rape statistics. The Rape, Incest, and Abuse National Network says that nine of ten rape victims are women, 60% of rapes go unreported, and only 3% of those charged rapists ever spend a day in jail. Your opinion on how severe a crime rape is can differ (in my eyes, rape is the stripping of a person’s dignity, their autonomy, and as a result, their humanity, but I am aware that my stance is radical), but everyone can agree that this is a terrible crime and that its victim is more often than not women.
      The next is a phenomenon called slut-shaming. Were you to go out and kiss a bunch of different girls or date around, no one would blink an eye–in fact, you’d probably be praised–but if I did the same, I’d be called a slut and a whore. This is an obvious example of misogyny.
      Even having to prove that sexism exists and argue that the oppression I face daily is an example of sexism. If I’d been bitten by a dog when I was little, no one would think it was odd that I didn’t like dogs and didn’t want to be around them. When I say I hate men, though, it’s a big thing, and everyone freaks out and makes a big deal out of it–even though I don’t hate men, I hate men as an institution. I hate what men have done to me, my friends, and my family members. I have male friends who I care about, and I love my dad, my brother, my cousins, and my uncles. I have been taught, however indirectly, to make myself smaller simply because I’m a girl, and girls are supposed small and delicate and pretty and seen, not heard. The second I speak out, people hurry to silence me, like you can see from my conversations with Luke.

  • KshitijK_2BoydBence

    There are places that still need gender equality like india, pakistan, and some more middle eastern and Asian places, but, a lot of what we think is gender inequality is sometimes religion. We might look at how women are treated and think its inequality, but a lot of times it is their religion. So yes there are still some work that needs to be done, but we have come a long way.

  • Tate W.

    I think that you should be able to do what ever makes you comfortable, and happy, and not criticized for it. #donowwomen

  • Shelbie Hilton

    @kqededspace #DoNowWomen Most people my age like in high school think its gay or whatever if a guy takes a cooking class or a baby class. Well I respect those men and they should do whatever they feel is their dream. Its not just women’s rights it could be mens rights too. And I think that our country is on the right path. A lot more women are doing different things that a normal society wouldn’t expect them to do.

    • Hyaden Beck

      Do you respect men who wear speedos?

      • Luke_A_Period3

        Yes I do, how is this relevant?

  • Kelly Murad

    Today no cares what you do any more, like jobs and in physical stuff. I know girls that can lift more then man and it’s awesome. So go guys and girls.

    • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

      This is the most simplistic answer that could have been said, and it is so great. If the rest of the world had the same mindset you did, then I really do feel like the problem of equality wouldn’t be around at all! 50 years ago, women didn’t have anything on men. We couldn’t do anything! Thanks to people like Elizabeth Caddy Stanton, we have more rights. We have more freedoms, we have more of a life then we ever did in the past! truly a blessing!

  • Hyaden Beck

    I think that women have close to equal rights as men. I think that the last small percentages will come over time and not as quickly as everyone seems to think. I think that one way that women can further their rights is by not criminalizing men. It’s not our fault that the trend of history was sexist towards women. We want equality as much as you do.

    • Lukep_3boydbence

      I agree. Women do have close to equal rights as men. The last of the rights will come over time for women. It may not come as fast as they want it, but they are pretty much equal. Back then women had no rights and were expected to stay home. “Since 1950, the percentage of women participating in the labor force has nearly doubled, from about 34 percent of women holding jobs outside the home then, to about 60 percent now. Greater economic opportunities for women have meant that they have more options and choices in life than they had before.” Women should be happy they have come this far.

    • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

      Women have gained close to as many rights as men have today, but women’s un-employment rates are dropping faster than the mens. this makes everyone think that men are better at everything but they are wrong. People need to help make it aware that women are capable of anything men are capable of.

    • MarkL_3BoydBence

      I agree. There are have been many improvements throughout history and it will most likely continue to improve over the years. The point you bring up about history is well thought.

  • Zach Shuman

    I feel like we are almost equal so in a few years we will be almost perfectly equal. Women and men should just do what they want not just do what is right now. If a man wants to stay at home he should feel allowed to.

    • MarkL_3BoydBence

      I disagree. It’s very difficult for something to qualify as ‘perfect’ and equality is not an exception. However, most likely, it will improve in the next year.

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      Zach,

      I agree that we have come an extremely long way in terms of equality, however women still are looked down upon in some societies. Across the globe we see gender inequality in many places. http://listverse.com/2008/11/20/10-extreme-examples-of-gender-inequality/ This link shows some extreme examples from across the world including Women not being able to access education, drive, divorce or report abuse. Of course these aren’t seen in America, but that doesn’t change the fact they exist. No matter where in the world things like this happen we need to step up and work to change it.

    • MarkL_3BoydBence

      I disagree. It’s very difficult for something to qualify as ‘perfect’ and equality is not an exception. However, most likely, it will improve slowly throughout the years. If you’re interested, I linked a ‘workplace’ statistics.

      Source: https://www.wgea.gov.au/sites/default/files/2014-02-10-Stats_at_a_Glance.pdf

  • Mallie

    I love this video because I don’t think about women’s rights very often so I thinks it’s great t recognize them and see how far we’ve come but also how far we can still go.

  • adugan

    Women have made great strides and should continue doing so. We can’t always focus on being completely “equal” to males because we are different sexes with different inherent qualities. But we should strive for a world where a woman can do whatever she wants. Gender should not be a barrier to opportunities and experiences. It is still very difficult for women to asume high leadership roles in politics and businesses, but many woman have proven it is possible. Women like Hillary Clinton and Sheryl Sandburg (Chief of Operations, Facebook) are showing women that we are every bit of capable as men in the workplace. We have beaten many of serious gender inequality issues. Now it is very much up to us to beat the last major obstacle: ourselves. We must pursue passions we are interested in, regardless of whether it follows the social norm for women.

    • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

      Adugan, I agree that they should keep on fighting, and I also agree that we should not focus too much on being completely equal. I think if this happens, then there will be a disaster.

      http://www.dol.gov/_sec/media/reports/femalelaborforce/

    • Lukep_3boydbence

      You make a good point adugan. Women have made great strides and should continue to. From Rosa Parks to Oprah. Women are continuing to go higher and higher in the world.”Over the past century, women in the United States and around the world have made great strides in the fight to gain economic, social and political equality.” You can look anywhere and you will see women doing great things.

    • IsabellaV_3boydbence

      Adugan,
      You are right about how women have made it a long way with equality. In the US, women have more opportunities to work in the government than other countries around the world. Sadly, gender is a barrier in some countries for opportunities and experiences. Here is a map showing how many women around the world participate in government.

  • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

    I thought that women rights has already been solved already. But I guess not. When I looked at this chart I was shocked. Women job employment rate have been dropping since around 2004. Why is that? I thought we have already solved this with MLK jr., Abraham Lincoln, etc. All of those people have shown that this is a problem. So why is this still a problem? So when I saw the question on the top of the page. Well, I guess that I have no ideas for woman gender equality rights. But all I can say is that you have to keep on fighting for your freedom. Keep on fighting to have your deserved rights.

    • http://www.coppellisd.com/newtech Danae Boyd_globalissuesBoydBen

      Barrett,
      The graph provided only focuses on total unemployment to population, what is the difference between women and men employed? or men and women unemployed?

    • CallieH_2BoydBence

      As Ms. Boyd said, this graph only shows total unemployment to population. Do you have any other sources? What IS the difference?

      Also, the fact remains that some people, through teachings of generations of family, are going to have some prejudice in the tree, and even then, we will have people forming their own opinions. Look at Malala. She lives in a society where women are shunned. Look at Victorian eras. Women couldn’t even wear pants. The first woman to wear shorts ever in public in the 1900’s caused a car accident and attracted an insane amount of attention. Look at as recently as the 1930’s and 40’s. Women filled the spots needed to be filled, but were then told to go back to the home and kids because all they could do that was socially acceptable was work as a secretary or a factory worker and that was about it for job opportunity. We have so much more now, however, the fact DOES remain that there IS prejudice. There IS hate. And we may never make it go away as a whole. The most some people may do is tolerate and secretly, on the inside, hate and hate and hate until it turns their hearts black.

    • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you….we all thought that we had solved this but clearly not…we still have a lot of issues with woman’s equality to men and like in the graph woman’s job employment has dropped so much and it is incredible how us as a society have not pointed this out or solved this

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      I agree that it may seem that we have solved this problem but we haven’t. There are approximately 1.25 million immigrants a year according to: http://davidcard.berkeley.edu/papers/wimmig%20inequ.pdf in many of these families only the men work. This article: https://www.princeton.edu/futureofchildren/publications/journals/article/index.xml?journalid=39&articleid=123&sectionid=807 states that, “Children in immigrant families are more likely than children in U.S.-born families to live with two parents in the home, with a father who works and a mother who does not work.” This shows us that many immigrants have one person working and another doing family related stuff. Even though the same opportunity is given to each gender in the U.S. there are many families that don’t take the opportunity to work.

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      The civil rights period of MLK and slavery issues of Abraham Lincoln have nothing to do with gender equality. Sure they have to do with equality in a sense. But they’re not that related to fighting a fight we still have to figure out.

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree, it may seem that we have solved this problem, but we are far from it. We have to solve this problem all over the world instead of just in the U.S. Women seem to have a lot more rights in the U.S than in other parts of the world. In Yemen women are only counted as half a witness. Below I have a picture of Women’s political rights in 1929 around the world.

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      I %100 agree with you PEople may see the situation as solved but in reality there are still some gaps in the entire problem. We must show others what is really going on to get them to act as one to change what is needed to be changed.

    • Shemar_D_2

      I agree women’s rights have been mostly solved, especially like place here in America but around the world some women still don’t have rights.

      • MikeM_3boydbence

        I also agree with you. People everywhere think that womens rights has been solved but it really has not been solved yet. There are many places where Women dont have jobs and where there not respected.

    • CallieH_2BoydBence

      Women’s right certainly haven’t been solved, but we can do a lot. We can speak out, encourage others to speak out. We can hold protests. It depends on what you really want to do to show support, as long as its in reason. Now, countries where the major religions highly oppress aren’t going to be turned in a nightfall, but we can slowly progress and slowly do what we can.

    • Ryan_R_2

      I agree with you. I thought it was completely covered until i read this article. We must show everyone that their are still problems so we can solve them.

    • SpencerH_4

      I agree. But the way it should be solved it that women should be treated just like men. Men was just given the power women should have power to, until they do something to screw up. They haven’t done anything to mess up are economy or anything in the united states or the world in general! This is also something true that i saw! since 2004 women’s employment rate has dropped a loud amount and theres no explanation for it… except for sexism…

      • MikeM_3boydbence

        I agree with this they have not done anything wrong so why treat them and pay them different.

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      I somewhat agree with you and also disagree with you. I thought that women and men where already equal. But then I expanded my train of thought and looked at other countries and found that many are far from equal. Saudi Arabia being a big one. Below is a link that talks about women trying to be able to just drive their car. But here is where I stop agreeing with you. You graph does not say anything about genders. Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. both fought for equal race rights. They wanted white and black people to be called citizens, not colors.

      http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/26/world/meast/saudi-arabia-women-drivers/

      • MichelleS_3_boydbence

        I agree. We need to keep on fighting for equality. When I saw your picture I was shocked too. Employment rates have dropped a lot. I think that men and women need to come together to fight for equality if we want to make major progress. Men and women should be treated equally and we should work hard to get to that point.

    • lilliand_3_boydbence

      I agree with you I even thought that woman’s rights was solved, but according to jobs and the amount women get paid. WOMENS rights is not solved.

    • LawsonZ_3BoydBence

      I agree with you that they have been solved, but that still doesn’t mean that they are ready to take the leap. One thing that has been on the rise is the “independent woman” this being the single mom who can take care of herself.

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      Given the info that you shared, it only informs me of the US employment as a whole not women or men employment rates. In my opinion in the US and some European countries women are almost entirely treated equal. I think that we should pay more attention to countries that force women beneath men.

      • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

        While by law they do, they are still treated differently than men. while this is not always bad for them it does not increase there rights.

    • Brent_L_Per1

      I agree, and I think it takes both sides to fight, not just women. I think that with men and women can come together and we could be more successful in creating equal rights for both sides.

      • Margaret

        Rousing support from both men and women is something that we have to make sure of, though, as we are now informed citizens. It’s easy to simply say, “we’re going to change everyone’s lives now because we know this!” but we have to go a bit further than that. One way we can try to gain interest is to make an effort to notice different ways that sexism influences our daily lives. Then we can point them out in the least offending way possible so people notice how what they’re saying is reinforcing stigmas that have made our culture subconsciously believe that women are not equal. For example, saying that you’re being chivalrous for picking up a girl’s pen that dropped or going out of your way for a girl is only furthering the stigma that women are helpless and need a man to do even the small things.

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      I agree with you that they have been solved, the problem but i dont believe that any one wants change the only way it gonna work if we all pitch in for equality for man and women

  • Abbie M.

    I think women do have equal human rights although equal opportunity in the workplace has might not yet been achieved. Our biggest obstacle as women is ourselves; we, as a societal whole, have become to hypersensitive to being “oppressed”. Compared to women in the 50’s and 60’s, we have come a long way. Women now have the choice to be homemakers or to start a career, as do men. I think that our culture is too overly aware of any little statistic that may be construed as sexist. Feminism is the bane of women arguing for equal rights- this hypersensitivity and overreaction to the natural trends of society is making it hard for women to make credible gains in the career world. Also, women should be held to standards equal to men- a salary shouldn’t be raised for a woman just because she is female, but she should work to deserve it just as a male. Just as it should be socially acceptable for a woman to be the breadwinner for a family, it should also be acceptable for men to stay home as homemakers and “stay at home parents”.

  • Brandon C

    Okay from what I’ve read and seen much of the gender equality problems in the US seem to be based in payment and respect. This leaves me thinking that employers see women as less important. Therefore the best option would be to outperform. Show those biased employers that you are far superior in every way to your male colleagues. Show them that they need you to get anything done. This would be th best way to garner payment and respect

    • Alice_B_4boydbence

      The thing is that women actually do outperform men. According to ABC News, “When you add up work both paid and unpaid, women win by a landslide.” I fundamentally disagree with the idea that respect must be earned, and not given. Respect is a human right–if you commit an act showing moral depravity or do something inhumane, then respect is taken away. Otherwise, simply for being a member of the human race, all people deserve respect and decency. Other examples of sexism go past that–the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network says up to 60% of rapes go unreported, and 97% of rapists never spend a day in jail. While it’s not only women who are raped, the Rape Crisis Center tells us that nine out of ten of all victims are women. There’s all a lack of diversity of women in the media–according to aclu.org, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has tried to weaken laws protecting the already small amount of women represented in media three times, and in all three court cases, the court was concerned with representation of women and other marginalized groups. Even when it comes to things as simple as school dress codes, women are the target. Young girls are taught to make themselves smaller, to be quiet, and to be obedient. So no, it’s not just about payment and respect in the workplace.

      • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

        If you are a girl and are taught to be small, quiet and obedient than there is some sort of parenting issue going on, because my sisters are both very independent and free spirited. Now on the topic about women outperforming men. This may be true in certain instances, however, you were saying women outperform men in everything and that my friend is sexist. Women and men need to be equal. If men having more rights is considered wrong. Than what makes the other way around alright. Men and women need to be equal. Period.

        • Alice_B_4boydbence

          Where did I say it was my parent’s doing? In feminist circles, patriarchy–defined by princeton.edu as “a social system in which the role of the male as the primary authority figure is central to social organization, and where fathers hold authority over women, children, and property. It implies the institutions of male rule and privilege, and is dependent on female subordination.”–is typically the source of these societal structures that teach girls to be these. For example, if a girl is bossy, she’s mean, but if a boy is, he’s authoritative and likely to be successful. See what I mean? I find you comparing some hurt feelings you might have to actual institutionalized oppression pretty sexist. I have never said women outperform men constantly–simply in that we work more hours–and I’d appreciate it if you didn’t put words in my mouth. Going back to what you said as far as women oppressing men, here’s what you need to understand: if I go up to my boss and say “you’re fired.” nothing will happen. My boss can go up to me, though, and say “no, you’re fired!” and I will be.

      • Brandon C

        I see what you mean about respect. As in no human should think themselves better than others because they happened to be be born a particular race or gender. When I talked about respect above, I meant that employers shouldn’t be differentiating between male and female employees in who does a better job. However I am confused about how you described rape as sexist. Is it sexist that more women get raped more then men? Should more men be raped so that the statistics are equal? I think the problem lies in the fact that people get raped in the first place. It’s unfortunate that many rapists are never imprisoned. But is that because the criminals are male? Or is it because we just don’t have strict enough policies against rape? I assume by media you mean news reporters and the like. How journalists are overwhelmingly male. I personally believe that’s because of the lack of the aforementioned respect. Newspapers and news networks just think that men are better reporters. And if women are proving that’s wrong (according to ABC news) I think the problem will solve itself. It’s just unintelligent to keep ignoring excellent employees and business owners tend to be reasonably intelligent. School dress codes are often used to keep a professional atmosphere in a school. Girls and boys are told to wear what the school provides and girls seem to get more diversity than boys. I’m allowed a polo, khaki pants/shorts and maybe a sweatshirt. Girls get all that plus skirts and skorts. A dress code just a part of private school. If one doesn’t like it. There is always the option of public school.

  • davidjenny

    I think men and women are as equal as ever here in America. Women participating in the labor force has doubled, from about 34 percent of women holding jobs outside the home then, to about 60 percent now. In fact my mom now works as my dad stays at home. I agree with feminism but they shouldn’t protest about this country being sexist. Needless to say others are way worse.

    • Alice_B_4boydbence

      The thing is is that as long as things like rape and objectification exist–which they do–sexism is still going to exist. It doesn’t matter if things are better than ever, there’s still much improvement to be made. Here is a list of just a few instances of sexism. http://library.thinkquest.org/C006274/fem/stats.html You can’t agree with feminism and yet want to silence women’s voices when they talk about it. That, in itself, is sexist.

      • Luke_A_Period3

        I have heard you personally objectify men,and when I called you on it, you replied, “Oh just go cry some man tears” So how do you have the right to complain about the objectification of women? That sounds very hypocritical to me.

        • Alice_B_4boydbence

          Men do not face sexism. Sexism = power + privilege. Historically speaking, men have been the ones in power.

          • Luke_A_Period3

            All these definitions and not one of them is yours.

            http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sexism
            http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sexism
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexism
            http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/sexism
            http://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/sexism

            Not to mention that your definition does not make sense, according to your definition, power and privilege results in sexism. So, a wealthy female senator is sexist? Which leads me back to your first sentence, and thus proves it wrong. I will give you that a few of them said “typically against women” however, to say that “Men do not face sexism”, is completely and totally false.

          • Alice_B_4boydbence

            Were you to be unsure of what a carrot was, and looked in the dictionary, you would understand that if you truly wanted to understand what a carrot was, you’d have to ask a horticulturalist. If I didn’t know what cancer was, it’d be accepted that the dictionary’s definition wouldn’t tell me all there is to know and I ought to seek a doctor or perhaps a scientist for the fullest explanation there was. Why is this not true with sexism? Your “literalization”–for want of a better word–of what I say is, quite frankly, simplistic to the extreme. If you want your argument to hold more weight, stop trying to back people into corners and taking one point and running with it.

          • Luke_A_Period3

            1) It is not true with sexism because it is not true with anything. Carrots, cancer, chair, whatever it is, the dictionary defines the word as its proper form in the english language. If you do not feel like sexism is the proper term for what you feel women face, then petition to add another word to the dictionary, or another meaning to the word sexism. However until that day, sexism means what the dictionary tells us, which, as is stated earlier, has nothing to do with power or privilege.
            2) On a personal level, when you say you feel “backed into a corner” that is the highest compliment you can give me. It means that their is nothing you have said that I have not been able to rebuttal. So, if you feel backed into the corner right now, thank you. Thats very kind of you to say.

          • Alice_B_4boydbence

            It means that your argument is weak and you twist what someone says enough so that there is no way to escape–it’s manipulative and, consequently, weak. If sexism doesn’t suit you, then let’s call a spade a spade and call this what it really is: misogyny, defined by Merriam-Webster, as you seem to be very fond of them, as a hatred of women.

          • Luke_A_Period3

            A misandrinistic quote takes about a google search, a click, and some scrolling to find. “The more famous and powerful I get the more power I have to hurt men.” — Sharon Stone”
            (backstory- Sharon Stone is a feminist figurehead)

            In roughly 5 minuets I could not find a missogonistic quote from a male figurehead.
            Now, if that does no scream “hypocrite” to you, then you are too blinded by your inability to see past your own misandry.

          • Alice_B_4boydbence

            Misandry does not exist on an institutionalized level, like sexism does. In my opinion, it doesn’t exist at all. The reason you can’t find a misogynistic quote is probably because you’re not looking for one. Mitt Romney has “binders full of women”, but that’s not misogynistic at all, right?

          • Luke_A_Period3

            I don’t see how having binders full of women translates to Hating women, as is defined in the definition of misogyny. That may be sexist, but to answer your question. That is in not misogynistic, it may be sexist, but it is not hateful.
            And pretending that misandry doesn’t exist is simply a callow, un-educated opinion at best.

          • Luke_A_Period3

            This is literally you right now.

    • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

      Sure women have more right than they did before, but it is still an issue. Many people think that women are weak and that men control them. But women are strong and they shouldn’t be able to face these problems alone.

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      I agree with you completely! In some countries cows get more respect than women so people need to stand up over seas more than in the U.S. In this article the author explains how gender equality is a huge issue in India, and how women are mainly secondary people in the house and in the work place. https://www.fsdinternational.org/country/india/weissues

    • Luke_A_Period3

      I agree. People need to move the equality fight from the U.S. to other countries. Even if people are unhappy with the standards here, it is a lot worse in other places, and people need to recognize that and try to fight for women who are treated worse then them.

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      I agree, the U.S has come a long way in the equality of women’s right’s, now we just need to expand this in other countries, Mother Teresa had started this in other countries which one of them are India, she made women equal there.

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      The protests about gender equality are just awful. They can be hypocritical, absurd, and sometimes just plain wrong. Peaceful negotiations with thoughtful ideas seem to be a good way to work things instead of pointing fingers and insulting.

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      Even though it may seem like it has stopped it hasn’t and might even happen around you. Women must fight this and win.

      • davidjenny

        Can you back that up with anything?

  • David_N_2

    Asking how women can continue to fight for equality is a hard question to answer. There is no “specific” way women can fight for equality. All around the world women are either treated as a queen or treated like dirt. You can never really extinguish something, but you can decrease cruelty of it. Woman, as you see in the video, can protest peacefully. Woman should not go to “extreme” (violent actions) measures to receive equality. At first, and this is for everyone not just women, they should respectfully ask for an equal pay or ask you spouse to divide the work equally around the house. Phyllis Schlafly stated: “The American people saw what the movement was all about, and they said no thanks.” meaning that there will be resistance. There will be resistance down to the littlest of demands, but no one should ever give up! People are stubborn, therefore they will resist. They will not open their mind to greater opportunities because they think they’re right and they don’t like to admit “defeat”. Woman, if your spouse still does not pitch in and help, then you should just do things for yourself. Only cook food for yourself, only wash your own clothes, and anything else you can think of. Soon enough, your spouse will understand what it would be like without you. As for jobs, you should quit your job if your bosses refuses to equalize your pay with your coworker. That job isn’t worth you time! Overall, you should peacefully protest in ways your knowledge will let you, and most importantly: never give up!

  • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

    Woman need to step up, because right now many people think females stay at home and do work. Woman don’t lack the knowledge of men but they do lack the confidence to do something different than what they are being looked at. Around 56% of woman only go to a job in the U.S. In the U.S. I find that both genders get an equal opportunity to succeed. However in places like Pakistan gender equality has made an appearance lately. Malala who got shot recently lived in Pakistan and stood for equal education rights in Pakistan. There are many countries like Pakistan who don’t provide the same opportunities to learn as the U.S. We just have to help the people there realize that woman can be just as successful as men. By providing examples we may be able to change their views on females.

  • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

    I believe that more women should become open to different work opportunities in this world. For example we have not had a woman president. Many had tried but none had made it to the final 2 candidates. Also woman take lower paying jobs. “Women, on average, still make less that men in the workplace: about $.77 to every dollar a man makes.” As you can see by this example, men are making more money because woman take shorter hours at work to take care of things at home. In the future I can see more woman in jobs full time instead of at home. Maybe one day men might be the stay at home parent for the future generation of kids.

  • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

    “Over the past century, women in the United States and around the world have made great strides in the fight to gain economic, social and political equality. Since 1950, the percentage of women participating in the labor force has nearly doubled, from about 34 percent of women holding jobs outside the home then, to about 60 percent now.” Back then, women barley had the rights men had. They were considered not to be as important as men. Women had to fight for their rights and their freedom of choice. In our world today Women have gained more rights than they had before, but they still don’t have as many as the men do. Women job employment rate has been dropping, more that the mens. I feel that because men are known to have more power they can control what women do and they are the best and that is not fair! Women are very strong and have been able to gain rights, they can do it again if they need to! The woman I admire most is Demi Lovato, she is the most inspiring person and the strongest woman i have ever heard of. She has been through a lot and it has not been easy, but she didn’t give up.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=Women%27s+rights&safe=active&espv=210&es_sm=91&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=nWgNU9m7MZTlygHc4oDAAQ&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1242&bih=611#q=Women's+rights+charts&safe=active&tbm=isch&facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=RTiHs7Tc1-SgsM%253A%3BkflbD3XIPQWDOM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fsocialist-alliance.wikispaces.com%252Ffile%252Fview%252FWomen's_charter_chart_1.png%252F305718974%252FWomen's_charter_chart_1.png%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.socialist-alliance.org%252Fpolicy%252Fgender-equality-women%2525E2%252580%252599s-rights%252Fcharter-women%2525E2%252580%252599s-rights%3B698%3B297

  • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

    I feel that women are making a great amount of progress for the fight for equality. Of course, there is still a long way to go, but look how far we’ve come from the past century! We need to make it known that people should be more openminded because we do not have a female President yet, because it is still instilled in people’s minds that women are less in superiority rank than males, which is not true. The article states that women make less than men: .77 cents to every dollar a man makes, but it says that women take less hours to take care of family, etc. That may be the case for some, but not everyone. There are still women who are being discriminated in the workplace up to now. Although some countries are realizing that women can do so many when they are given the opportunities, there are a vast amount of countries who do not realize this fact. One woman who has inspired me is Oprah Winfrey. She has changed the lives of so many people and she shows that to everyone, not just women, that you can achieve so many great things. She also inspired me by taking a stand against something you feel is wrong.

  • CarlosR_3BoydBence

    In my opinion women are making amazing changes in society, especially with the help of companies like Goldieblox encouraging young girls everywhere to go outside of the female stereotype and make something of themselves. Today women can do almost anything they want, so I think the only way they can make more progress is to educate them about women’s past struggles. The only obstacle I see in the gender equality movement is old men who like their old ways and unmotivated young women. In the chart below, it shows how many stay at home moms and dads there are. You can probably see a huge difference between the two. I think this is just because a lot of women say they want equality but don’t act on it and just fall into the female stereotype anyway. One of my favorite female role models would have to be Jennifer Lawrence. She doesn’t go back into history that much, but she teaches girls everywhere not to worry about how fat or how skinny they are. She is making a big impact in a lot of girl’s minds today by giving them more self worth and self esteem. Her eccentric personality and her opinion of herself make her a great role model for girls and women everywhere. Just look at this video. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2yTBMVUNQo) in the video she talks about a lot of interesting things and she talks really highly of herself. It kind of shows people that they need to be confident and have a sense of self worth.

  • Guest

    I think Womens Rights has come a long way in the past 50 years. Women are pushing too hard because making everyone else feel bad isnt going to help the cause. Human Rights is one of the biggest world wide problems existing. Although it has came a long way, countries in the middle east or Sub-Saharan Africa are still incredibly far from any sort of equality. Its one the biggest problems out there and its far from over.

    • emily_p_2shuttle

      I think that if we were thought of as equal to man, then we wouldn’t be pushing so hard for it. I agree with you on everything else. This is an issue and it needs to be resolved. “Greater economic opportunities for women have meant that they have more options and choices in life than they had before.” It has come a long way but we still have progress.

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      Global affairs are a pretty big point in equality. But I suppose we can point that to the fact that not every nation is developed well enough to work with rationale and the like.

  • Kaleb Heasley

    I think Womens Rights has come a long way in the past 50 years. Women
    are pushing too hard because making everyone else feel bad isnt going to
    help the cause. Human Rights is one of the biggest world wide problems
    existing. Although it has came a long way, countries in the middle east
    or Sub-Saharan Africa are still incredibly far from any sort of
    equality. Its one the biggest problems out there and its far from over.

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      I agree that it has come a long way in the women’s right’s field. Human Rights is one of the biggest world wide problems existing. Although it has came a long way, countries in the middle east
      or Sub-Saharan Africa are still incredibly far from any sort of
      equality. Its one the biggest problems out there and its far from over.

    • brittneyd_3boydbence

      Kaleb,

      I agree woman’s rights have come a long way, but I don’t think women are ‘pushing too hard.’ I don’t think women are trying to make people feel bad either. Women in sub-saharan africa and especially the middle eastern areas don’t often speak up. Some cultures in the middle east look down on women, for example only the men can vote, speak in public, or drive cars. “Women are not allowed to drive, they are under the guardianship of male relatives at all times, and must be completely covered in public. In Kuwait, Yemen and Iran women must also be completely covered.” There are even restrictions for women traveling in the middle east.

      Source: http://www.hostelbookers.com/article/travel-for-women/middle-east/

    • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

      Women’s rights have come a long way, I agree. There is a difference between feminism and radical feminism, though. You cannot stereotype every woman as “pushing too hard and making people feel bad”. Some women are more outspoken than others for gender equality. I also agree that other countries are having problems with this issue, such as the Middle East.

    • Julie_B_2_BenceBoyd

      While it is true that women have come a long way in the past 50 years that doesn’t mean that women are pushing too hard. If women didn’t put much effort into protesting for their rights women in America might not even have their rights. Thats how they got their rights by using, not by just standing around too scared to stand up. They tired and finally got their rights.

    • JTM_3boydbence

      I agree with you 100%. I really don’t think we need to be worrying about it here in the U.S. There are countries were woman cant even go to school and they get killed for trying so why are we complaining.

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      Very true, but even with these facts, women cannot give up in trying to fix this mistake.

  • Maliha M

    Gender in-equality is always going to be a problem. We can try as hard as we can to abolish certain restrictions on women’s rights, but can how can we get rid of the ignorance that many citizens still hold? It’s the people who are the problem. it’s the store manager who refuses to hire a woman, it’s the journalist who strives to explain a woman’s tears and weakness and an incapability to serve her country, and it’s us who sit there on their computer and write about who’s fault it is, rather than doing something. Wait. thats me? no. its’s all of us. We are the problem and the only way to give women more power that they deserve… is to limit it from others.

    • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

      What aout people like Elizabeth Caddy Stanton, the women’s rights activist? Do people like her not matter in this? This issue will always be a problem, i understand that, but with people like her we move a step closer to it all the time! The past 50 years, we have made leaps and bounds with progress in this area. Women aren’t completely equal, but we sure are close!

      • Maliha M

        i respect your view, and i don’t mean to cancel out those who have spoken up for us ladies. But I’m trying to highlight the outstanding number of people who have views opposing this, people that may be on higher platforms in the social caste. people who can have an effect on such restrictions

    • David_N_2

      Very thoughtful.
      I have to say though, it is mans’ own fault. Ignorance has been a fatal disease for humans. People have brought upon the thought that woman can’t do this and that. People are so narrow minded and stubborn, that they always base their actions on their own knowledge rather than what is right. Indeed, we all should become activist, but even sitting on our devices can change something! Maybe one of our post may cross paths with someone who thinks otherwise about women being equal. Maybe someone will stumble across our tweets or Facebook post. Whatever we do, we are still doing something for the greater good. We shouldn’t care the physical structure of a person. Saying a woman cannot do this is like segregation all over again! Cheesy quotes and sayings are correct, therefor I will say: “It’s the thought that counts!”

      • Maliha M

        You’ve made some very insightful points! And I agree that maybe our tweets can make a difference but there is always more that can be done. Hopefully we won’t have to deal with inequality in the future.

        • David_N_2

          Don’t we all? We have to keep in mind that complete and total equality would nullify uniqueness and individuality. If you have seen Harrison Bergeron, then you would understand.

    • NWeix-1stboydbence

      There’s always going to be that one guy (or few guys really) who ignore equality and arrogantly feels he’s better just cause. But for right now, I see them as essentially on equal ground. To be honest, if this keeps going, we’re going to have the REVERSE scenario, with men being “Inferior”, which isn’t correct either. A gender is merely a word, a part of the body for reproduction. It shouldn’t dictate whom is superior, the head and heart of people should.

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      I agree, there may be those types of people who will do this and it’s not right. But, we must still try show them the error in their ways.

  • Francesca Botto

    Over the years women have definitely seen a change in the way they are treated. There is definitely more equality, in terms of voting rights, job applications, and they we are treated This being said, there is still an immense double standard and discrepancy in the career levels and pay. In today’s society the double standard is growing and growing. The ways women are “judged” in comparison to men, is clearly unnecessary. When men are with many ladies, he is considered a “stud”, however if a woman were to do the same she would deemed “tainted”. In the career world, women have gown higher in higher in the ranks, but still not as high as men. It seems that society still believes that men are the higher gender. Many women are still expected to stay at home with kids, and if they were to get a job, their male counterpart is to earn more. All good things take time, but this has taken too long. We need to get a move on, America.

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      There has been a change in how woman have been treated, but if we look at a global map there’s a long way to go. Especially in the North African and Middle East region. One recent incident the world knows included Malala who stood for education rights in Pakistan, but in some other places woman have to step up and show what they are capable of. Women currently hold 4.6 percent of the Fortune 500 CEO positions and 4.6 percent of the Fortune 1000 CEO positions. If more woman like these step up we can make a difference. Even if the path to equality is slow we’ll eventually make it.

      Source: http://www.catalyst.org/knowledge/women-ceos-fortune-1000

    • PeytonP_4BoydBence

      I agree that through the years women’s rights have increased, but it should not take many years for a women to have almost equal rights with men. Also I love how you made a comment about how men and women are seen differently. When you said how men are seen as a “stud” for having many girls, and women are seen a “tainted” is right! There are many double-standards between women and men that are completely unnecessary and unfair.

  • Nikki J.

    Women and men are still not equal. Women don’t get equal pay, don’t have the same job opportunities, and still are not taken seriously in today’s society. There are so many obstacles because people still haven’t wrapped their minds around treating everyone the same. Many men still think women are below them and don’t have anything respectable to contribute to society. Shirin Ebadi is a women I greatly admire. She continued defending women’s rights in Iran when it became illegal to do so. Her life was put into danger when she did things for women that the government did not like, causing her to flee the country. She still promotes human and women’s rights to this day and I think that as a women her age, it’s very admirable to be doing what she’s doing. http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2003/ebadi-bio.html

    • Luke_A_Period3
      • trevorosterhout bence boyd

        well acauly they do make the same but most of the time women as a gender tend as a whole stay home and men go out and make money

    • brittneyd_3boydbence

      I agree, women still aren’t equal, especially when it comes to salaries. On whitehouse.gov, (http://www.whitehouse.gov/equal-pay/career#top), it states that women are paid unfairly in the United States, They are paid 77 cents for every dollar a man makes, and they earn an average of $5,000 dollars less a year.

    • alexm_3boydbence

      I have to completely agree with you with everything you say. She is also my idol, espicially I’ve been to Iran I’ve seen how bad they treat the woman and for her to stand up for the community of women is so big. You will literally go to jail if you dont cover yourself up from head to toe, and you can get killed if you stand up for women, so this is a big deal.

    • emily_p_2shuttle

      I agree with you 10000000000%. Women have more to bring to the table “much work remains before we can declare equality between the sexes.” and the men of our world aren’t taking us seriously when we do. When we are in fact very capable of most everything they do.

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence
    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      Nikki J.

      Even though woman might not have as many job opportunities,
      there are some jobs that woman dominant. As you can see by this 97%chart early
      childhood educators are females. There are some jobs that are majority woman or
      male based, but every job can be handled by both male and females.

    • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

      Nikki, I agree with everything you stated. Even if people try to deny that women do have equal rights, they are close, but it is still an issue. There are people who are still out there that think of women as only cleaning, cooking, etc, which is false. Women are capable of doing anything as long as you put your mind to it. In fact, both genders are capable.

    • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

      This is very true. Women and men are not created equal in things like pay and quite frankly it is sad. The truth is men and women are equal and should be treated that way. Also be careful and make sure you dont lump all of mankind together because not every man thinks that women are below them. There are several women in our world, past and present, who have been just as good maybe even better than men in their respected field of work.

    • EmilyA_Per3_boydBence

      Women and men are very similar. But we do have things they dont.
      -Give a baby
      -sometimes can even out-do the intelligence
      -sometimes can even out-do the physical boundaries
      We can do just as much as men can.

    • trevorosterhout bence boyd

      we in some ways men and women are equily but their are still way in which they aren’t equal they have rights still and they aren’t not making money cause their money

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      I disagree with you; men and women are offered equal job opportunities unless it is about the human body. Equal pay is dependent on your job, not gender. Although this may seem incorrect, I believe it’s just a developed stereotype. Many websites holding data of average income in the U.S. of each gender have not been updated recently, and in some cases even years. Shirin Ebadi is very admired for her actions. She is attempting to make women’s rights equal in the entire World. Today many women are trying to do the same thing. The only reason why I disagree with you is because men and women today are offered equal jobs.

      This website below talks about the topic and is one of the first results on Google, and its almost 2 years old.
      http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/02/do-you-believe-in-equal-rights-for-women-and-men/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      Nikki, I like that you admire a woman who stands up for something you believe. Personally, I admire women such as Amelia Earhart and Mother Theresa who truly inspire others and make a difference in this world.

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      I agree with you, Nikki. There is such a lack of respect that so called “men” have for women. The things that some people say and do to us is horrifying. We are all human beings and we deserve to be treated with respect.

  • Caroline P

    Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one of the leading feminist to fight for equal rights, is an admirable role model for present day female adolescents. We should admire her for her relentless fight for women’s suffrage as well as her anti-slavery fight. Although our current issues for females are not as evident, our fight should be just as moving and potent. Issues such as salary inequality and the lack of prominent women in our government are just as important for our equality fight as was the right to vote in the past. We must continue to fight for our right to such things, although the problems are not as evident as the lack of voting was years ago. The fact that women are not paid anywhere near as much men is a shame, and the need for change is clear. Though women are content with the fact that they are gaining political, social, and economic status, there is always room for improvement, and we cannot stop where we feel comfortable.

    • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

      Preach It Girl! We as women need to realize that standing up for what we know is right is okay, and by looking back at people like Mrs. Stanton it gives us more hope! It makes us realize that we do have a voice, and we do in fact deserve what we are fighting towards. I feel like we are a long way from comfortable, but we are getting closer every single day!

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I agree totally, if we are going to fight for rights we shouldn’t stop half way through. We have something to stand for, we are not helpless and Mrs. Stanton helps us realize that. I like how you said there is always room for improvement, I agree with that statement so much. Also we cannot stop where we feel comfortable, because getting out of our comfort zone will help us out a ton.

    • David_N_2

      That was amazing!
      It’s very true and shameful that women are not given a salary equal to men. And it is also true that salary is just as important as civil freedom. Woman who suffer from inequality needs to fight for what is necessary. I, myself, am a man, but I strongly believe in equality. I don’t believe in complete equality because it takes away from individuality. But seeing that women are now able to vote, work, drive, and speak is a very big improvement. Indeed, there it could improve more. You just have to keep “fighting” for what you need, but do it in a peaceful and civilized manner because that’s how you get people to look up to you.

    • PeytonP_4BoydBence

      I totally agree with you. The difference between men and women is shocking, and I wasn’t fully aware of it until I started to research the topic. I believe people should be more aware of what is going on with the inequality between the sexes.

    • JohannaS_BoydBence2

      Caroline,
      I completely agree with you. We are making improvements, and it is getting better, but it’s not quite there yet. You’re exactly right when you say we shouldn’t get content because I believe as soon as we do, we’ll start to lose the ground we’ve made.

    • EmilyA_Per3_boydBence

      Caroline, there is always going to be something wrong. Not a whole lot WILL be fixed, but can be attempted. In some ways, we are equal. But in others, we arent. Thank you for sharing your opinion, I agree with it.

    • Guest

      I agree! While we have made lots of progress, thanks to people like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, there is still more to be gained. I especially liked your closing statement. While we should be happy that things are getting better, we shouldn’t be content with that.

    • MadiT_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree! While we have made lots of progress, thanks to people like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, there is still more to be gained. I especially liked your closing statement. While we should be happy that things are getting better, we should not be content with that.

  • MarkL_3BoydBence

    Women can continue making progress by fighting for their rights and going for roles that they want. However, they still have some obstacles facing them. I say this because there are still people who judge based on gender. It’s often difficult to tell whether a person is making a decision based on qualifications or simply gender. Aside from that, I think that most women are content with their lives especially when compared to a couple hundred years ago. More recently though, it has gotten much better. “Since 1950, the percentage of women participating in the labor force has nearly doubled, from about 34 percent of women holding jobs outside the home then, to about 60 percent now.”

  • Luke_A_Period3

    To answer the KQED discussion- there is no reason for finding ways to fight for rights that have already been earned. That being said, lets discuss feminism.

    There is no reason to continue the fight for women’s rights, what we should now focus on, is eliminating feminist prejudice. For example- “The proportion of women must be reduced to and maintained at approximately 10% of the human race.” When I read that I was in shock, because that is very sexist and wrong, and I can’t believe a man said that about women. But, that quote is false, I changed one word. The real quote is- “The proportion of men must be reduced to and maintained at approximately 10% of the human race.”- Sally Miller Gearhart, a figurehead of the feminist movement. (this quote, along with many others quotes of hate-like nature from figurehead feminist leaders can be found here.) http://www.womenagainstmen.com/media/feminism-is-a-hate-group.html

    My first problem with feminism is that some Feminists become so radical that they forget what they are fighting for and become a hate group. Not to say all feminists are hate group members, however when some groups of feminists that take it to far, they deserve to be classified as a hate group. For example, just today in school I stated an opinion of mine in front of a feminist at my school, to which her response was “I’m going to punch you in the throat” This is an example of why their is such a public dis-taste of feminism, why it is hard for people to take them seriously, and why certain feminists should be classified as members of hate groups.

    The second problem I have is that feminists have double standards. For example, when men talk about women in a sexualized way, they are perverts, however, girls that talk about men in a sexualized way are not frowned upon. When I pointed this out to the very same feminist at my school, she replied “Oh, whatever just go cry some man tears.” Another piece of evidence of double standards is- women initiate more that ⅔ of all divorce cases in America, however the men only earn custody of their children 10% of the time.

    The final problem that I have is the manipulated statistics that feminists use. Someone might use this article to prove that women earn less in the work place. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/17/gender-wage-gap_n_3941180.html

    And to that I would reply with this article, which explains how that statistic does not compare men to women fairly, and, how that statistic is manipulated to show the desired results.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/02/01/no-women-don-t-make-less-money-than-men.html

    Women do in fact make equal wages as men, when everything is taken into consideration, i.e. hours worked, college/high school degree, years employed, age, field of work, and company.

    Women and men are equal in America and feminists need to recognize this.

    • Luke_A_Period3

      Two memes that shows double standards of feminism

      • Alice_B_4boydbence

        Memes aren’t proof.

        • Luke_A_Period3

          When they are based off of you they are.

          • Alice_B_4boydbence

            I am not proof. I am not a valid source. I am a person, and you can’t use me to prove that feminists are “crazy” just like I can’t use you to prove that men are sexist–because I respect your humanity, no matter how bad of a person I believe you are. You can’t use “women can hit men but men can’t hit women” as proof–women are already being hit. Huffington Post says that 60% of women say that they have been abused, as opposed to a mere 40% of men who have faced abuse, never mind the fact that the main perpetrators of abuse are men.

          • Luke_A_Period3

            You are proof. You are a feminist, therefore, you can be used as proof of how a feminist behaves. Even if you do not want to.
            That meme is not just about violence. I don’t believe in fighting other people, I am okay with war, but I do not get involved in fist fights. That meme is there because it proves that women have double standards. Personally I don’t think anyone should hit anyone, but there are people who believe in “equal rights, equal fights,” and those people are frowned upon due to the fact that feminists like yourself persecute men who commit domestic violence, but you hold women who commit domestic violence in a high regard. That is a double standard, no if and or buts about it.

          • Alice_B_4boydbence

            So, even though I state as plainly as I can that I will not be used as proof, you continue to use me as proof? You have some obvious issues with consent, which raise immediate red flags. The meme proves nothing–it’s a meme. It’s something someone on the internet made. It has no credible source. Just because you agree with it doesn’t make it true. I do not hold women who actually commit acts of domestic violence in high regard–I hold women who stand up for themselves and show a refusal to be silenced in a high regard. Do not put words in my mouth.

          • Luke_A_Period3

            You do not get to chose if you are used as an example. If you declare yourself as a feminist, then you are a feminist, and if you are a feminist, then you how you act can be used as an example of how a feminist behaves. I do not declare myself as a Liberal, therefore I can not be used as an example of a Liberal. However, I do declare myself as a Conservative, so if you were to discuss what you think of when you hear the word conservative, and you used me as an example, then that is both legal and acceptable. I do not get to control what you say about me. Just like you do not control the fact that when most people hear ‘Feminist,” many times the immediate response is somewhere along the lines of “Lol, Alice”
            All of these things you will learn eventually, but for now you can go be callow/un-educated elsewhere.

    • JohannaS_BoydBence2

      Without trying to come off as rude, I don’t think you have enough information to make such opinions about feminists. You did put a disclaimer in there saying that not all are like that, well actually most are not. Those are the extremists which are found in literally any group you could name. You also mentioned some potential standards that men are held to, and I agree with you 100% there. If you look at the definition of feminism from the Merriam webster dictionary website it says that

      1). the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes, 2). organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests.

      Yes a big part of it is going to be women’s right’s, but take a closer look at the first part of the definition. It says “equality of the sexes” which encompasses what you were saying earlier about guys having standards as well.

      This (http://www.policymic.com/articles/47955/feminism-defined-a-detailed-look-at-one-of-the-most-controversial-labels-today) really great article sums up my thoughts quite nicely and even quotes that:
      “A feminist is not ultimately defined as a man-hating dyke who sits alone with her cats all day.”

      When you were discussing how it seemed hypocritical for “feminists” to say things to guys, this would be your solution to that problem: to become a feminist.

  • Guest

    I am a woman and I’m great so leave.

    • AlexW_2boydbence

      No, I have just as much of a right to stay as you do. I am a man and I am great too. This what I mean by people being too feminist.

  • alexm_3boydbence

    Women are still not treated equally, not only in America but the whole entire world. Not only do I hear sexist jokes toward women, I see them all over social media, The point is Women are still not treated equally and are seen below men. The article up above states,” Women, on average, still make less that men in the workplace: about $.77 to every dollar a man makes.” Therefore, if we were equal we would make the same amount as money as men do. My idol is Shirin Ebadi she fights for her rights in Iran which is illegal to do so and can lead to death. She is a strong woman and if woman really want to stand up for their rights, they should be more like her.

  • emily_p_2shuttle

    As a woman, I think we are making process for gender equality everyday. One of the big steps we as women have taken is being a part of politics. “Women make up less than 20 percent of the global decision-makers.” This isn’t the best thing, but it is progress for us. Although, we have taken many steps to be equal, I think that we are thought of and treated poorly. People think that women the weaker of the two sexes. Men think that they can take advantage of us. Yes, we do have lower paying jobs and yes, we work less hours, but that doesn’t mean that w aren’t capable of doing it. We are the ones who stay at home to take care of the baby or to do house keeping things because we are expected too. Women are thought of less but they aren’t anything less and we shouldn’t have to fight for our equality.

  • BellaP_3boydbence

    I think we have gone a long way since “the olden days” and we are continuing to make progress. Its mainly society that makes woman look less than men, and some businesses do as well. First with society, society makes woman look less than men by what they do. Guys can make snotty remarks to girls being “sluts” and get away with it, but if girls make snotty remarks about guys you are now frowned upon by someone. If girls kiss two guys in one day they are no concidered “whores”. If guys kiss more than two girls in one day they are kings. Mainly it is society who is still looking down at woman. Now I’m not saying businesses and jobs don’t discriminate, they surly can but its not as well known as it used to be. In the article they prove this “34 percent of women holding jobs outside the home then, to about 60 percent now. ” If society would just stop making woman seem lesser than men we would live in a much better place.

  • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

    Overall men and women have the same rights in the nation of America. Women have historically been called the inferior sex. Which is not the case. Men and women can do the exact same things and women CAN do it better than men. Saying that women outperform men in absolutely everything is a bigoted mindset and is false. http://time100.time.com/2013/04/18/time-100/slide/more-lists/ On this giant list of people you will see several men and women on the list. Not to spoil anything but number one is a female. This list has everything from CEO’s to big companies, athletes, and political figures. Lets take a look back at some of the most influential women of all time. Mother Theresa, Oprah, Hillary Clinton, J.K. Rowling, etc. Does this mean that these few women are better than men? No. There are men that have done the same thing as these women and are respected for it. Lets move on to pay shall we. Now in pay women don’t usually get paid as much as men for the exact same things which is unfortunate. As you can see by this link. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/17/gender-wage-gap_n_3941180.html Some cases of sexism in the United States has to do with religion. For instance women of the Islamic belief usually aren’t given their rights, which is wrong, but you can’t see that and lump the entire human race together. Because women as a whole are created equal. We need to continue to fight for equality with these women, but to say that women have no rights is one of the most uneducated comments I have ever heard. Also I believe men and women should be created equal. That means EQUAL!! Which happens to be a synonym to identical and uniform. Some feminists consider men to be the inferior race which is false, but thats just being a feminist. Right? Wrong. Its sexist. Towards none other than men. So saying that men do not get sexist remarks is false as well. Everything I am saying here I am saying about sexism in the United States. Which in the constitution even says that all men should be created equal. Women should certainly be included in this. We need to be equal and so far I would like to say that we (The USA) are doing a pretty good job at that.

  • AlexW_2boydbence

    Ok, Yes, women are making less then men, Yes less women are working look in the article. But some of these feminists are getting way out of hand here. I mean I am for equality just as much as anyone else, but I feel like this paradigm is getting ready to shift way too far. Meaning that soon men are going to be seen as inferior to women. I am reading these comments and seeing that some people are just going way too far with the “feminism” thing. Look at the meme below. I found that in that in the comments below. I just think some are going too far with the “women equality” thing and said people should see a middle ground.

    • Luke_A_Period3

      I like that meme, and I agree, you can find a feminist on this page that is exactly like the one in that meme. She is also just like the ones you describe in your post.

    • trevorosterhout bence boyd

      i agree with you too alex and it is true the feminist are getting out of hand and women are actually not unequal

  • Riley_R_1BoydBence

    I think that this whole problem is because of feminists. Their are some people out there that think women are not capable of doing somethings that men can do just because they are girls. I think that this whole topic needs to go away and women should be just as capable as men. We should all be treated the same.

  • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

    I think women’s right’s are a big deal, but even though we go out and try to solve those kind’s of problems they always come back. Women think it’s a stereotype you just need to step out and do what you want to do, just like a man. More recently though, it has gotten much better. It’s often difficult to tell whether a person is making a decision based on qualifications or simply gender. Aside from that, I think that most women are content with their lives especially when compared to a couple hundred years ago. More recently though, it has gotten much better. “Since 1950, the percentage of women participating in the labor force has nearly doubled, from about 34 percent of women holding jobs outside the home then, to about 60 percent now.”

  • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

    Conditions are improving in gender equality and I encourage it because it helps us in a positive way, but there is a large gap to cover. The countries that worked hard to close the gender gap were the northern countries like Iceland,Finland, Norway, and Sweden.The countries that did poorly to close the gender gap were located in the north Africa and middle east region. Some of these countries were Chad, Pakistan, and Yemen. Woman make up around 50% of the population in any country, and that’s 50% of the human capital available to any country. If that human capital is not invested in, educated, and kept healthy countries are going to lose out on their long term competitive potential, so governments and business have to collaborat to ensure that there’s a right type of environment for woman to be economically integrated. 6 out of the top 10 preforming countries on the global competitiveness index are also amongst the top 20 in the gender gap index. This shows us there is a strong correlation between gender equality and success rate. The road to gender equality is a slow path because only 6 countries have improved by %10, and almost 75 countries have improved by less than 5%, but we have a positive trend.

    source: http://www.weforum.org/issues/global-gender-gap

  • Jacob_W_Period3

    “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the lord looks at the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7b. People are always quick to judge based on the cover. They don’t read the contents and just say no without going further. Thats why women are so behind on equality. Many people still see women as beauty and no brains or brawn. Margaret thatcher was a women that everyone thought couldn’t handle her position. Next thing you know she’s glorified for her work and leadership. Russia even named her the Iron Lady. Women themselves also are quick to judge. Girls argue but women strive and women should just go up to the man and give them what for. I think women can’t move further in this fight if they just get up in the mans face and just preach it. Everyone is quick on judging that thinking isn’t even thought of. Women can change that idea if they takes matters into their own hands.

  • KENNETH CHAN

    More work has to be done in countries other than the West (USA, EU,etc.) such as the Middle East, Africa, and parts of Asia. In the west, women enjoy equality but those in less free countries are oppressed and have less rights compared to men. the loudest advocates for women’s rights here in the US should consider the conditions women in other parts of the world have to face instead of bickering about less significant things.

    • KshitijK_2BoydBence

      I agree but disagree. Western woman have more freedom, but a lot of times the reason in places like middle east and parts of asia don’t because it is religious many times, but even then, they still have less freedom. So I agree they have less freedom, but it is also religious.

    • David_N_2

      Very true.
      Countries, such as those in the middle east and Asia, have women who suffer from inequality. Those countries see females as housewives and only housewives. The woman stays at home and takes care of the family, while the man works. It’s like a default standard, and it’s become such a standard that those who oppose it are seen as wrong. Seeing the image I’ve provided, you can see that the percentage of unemployed woman in Iran is drastically higher than men. Woman should break that expectation and say that they deserve to work as equally as men do.

    • alexm_3boydbence

      I have to completely agree with you Kenneth. I know and Iran they make the girls cover themselves head to toe, they even have to cover their hair. Men on the other hand can wear short sleeves and shorts without a problem. The only thing that girls can show off is basically their eyes, nose, and mouth. If the girls happen to show anything else, they go to jail or even worse they get killed. It’s completely sexist so we should not just focus on America. but everywhere else as well.

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      Dude, I have to agree with you. I have basically the same opinion on women’s rights. Inequality in other countries is worse than in the U.S.! Countries like India and most of the countries in the Middle East oppress women and it’s just way worse than here. Just look at this chart! There was a poll for men who suggested how women should dress! Men telling women how to dress is just terrible. So, we need to go and support women’s rights everywhere not just here.

    • NWeix-1stboydbence

      I totally agree, if anything they should be fighting for OTHER COUNTIES women’s rights issues instead on complaining about the few people who unfairly give them less pay when they could get a new job from the other 3 who pay equally.

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      I completely agree with you there’s no problem in the USA. We should worry about the bigger picture. The farther regions of the world are the problem, not the US.

    • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

      I agree we must realize that we are not the only ones and that others need help as well, things will continue if we focus on one and it could just go in a infinite circle over and over.

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      I completely agree. Many women here in America take the rights we have for-granted. Yes, we get paid less sometimes, but our minimum wages are the same and if we are making more than minimum wage then we should be grateful that we have that opportunity to work and make more then minimum wage. There are places where women aren’t allowed to work. “Saudi woman are not allowed to drive cars, travel abroad, open a bank account, or work without permission from a male relative.” http://rt.com/news/woman-arrest-driving-saudi-164/ Unfair restrictions are placed on women all over the world, and although they might not effect us directly we still need to help them. What if it were us? Wouldn’t we want help? It will take time but if we keep working hard we will make a difference.

    • ClaireG_4boydbence

      Kenneth, I completely agree with you. Women in other countries are less fortunate than women in the U.S.A. and Europe. I agree that we, as American citizens, need to take a step back and consider the issue of gender equality in other countries. Not only should we be fighting for equality for women in the states, but also for women in other countries. Thank you for bring this up, I did not even think about this issue until I read your comment.

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      I agree with you. I have noticed that gender equality is more of a global issue that a national issue her in the US, Canada, and Europe.

    • MadiT_Per3_BoydBence

      I completely agree with you! The issues of female equality is on a global scale, not a national scale. Everyone needs to come together and realize that its not just impacting our country, wherever we might live, and that we can all help each other.

    • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

      I agree. It’s not just the U.S. that needs to fix women’s rights. It’s everywhere. It’s actually worse in other countries than it is here in America, and that makes me upset. Why are women different than men?

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree completely. While men and women aren’t completely equal in America we should be focusing more worldwide. In places like the Middle East women like Malala Yousafzai have been killed and shot for things like trying to get an education that should be simple human rights.

    • MadelynR_3boydbence

      I agree we don’t need to just be focusing on fixing women’s frights in america. We need to fix it all around the world.

  • Lindsay Tong

    Not only are women rights a problem here in the states, but also in other countries where barriers are being set. As a female, every girl or women should have to the right to eduction, fair pay, and equal rights. Why is it that all these restrictions are still looming around? Restrictions such as sex trafficking, domestic violence, and early marriage are all still present. This simply isn’t right. Women have just as many rights as men do. If we can break these barriers, we can break these cycles of poverty and make things right. People just need to be aware of the tragedies that are happening out of their communities and look at the bigger picture. Okay so women are making 0.77 out of 1.0 compared to men; what about the girls in Africa and third world countries who are trapped in domestic slavery? Women rights is a much bigger issue in the world today. Awareness needs to spread and people have to realize the depth of the situation. Although this may sound cheesy, my mom of course inspires me the most. Since I’ve grown up thinking I’m going to be just like her. But I do not forget all the other important women out there who have contributed to society immensely and inspire us girls to not discourage ourselves because of our gender.

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      I completely agree with you and I’m glad you took time to find numbers and facts in other countries. In the United States and most well developed countries have less of a problem with this, and the problem remains almost subconsciously. But yes, in other countries female rights are a much bigger problem and there should definitely be protests for that. I also like how you put your personal hero in your statement as well. My hero is Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to enter the Boston Marathon. This was a huge step towards gender equality and letting women compete in the same sports as men. Attached below is a video about her and what it was like for her during and after the race. Thank you for posting your opinion. I got a lot out of it
      Video: http://www.makers.com/kathrine-switzer

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      Lindsay,
      I agree with you, women and men should have equal rights and currently that is not the case. All across the world women are trapped in poverty,slavery and abuse. Even if you don’t see it going on personally, or even in your country , that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening . People need to open their eyes to be able to see that issues like this still exist and that we have to do something about them.

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I agree with you, woman have rights but we still are in violence. Human trafficking, abuse, assault. This doesn’t mean men aren’t attacked, they are its just that woman are an easier target. If we could raise awareness and help others it would be a lot better. Woman have rights and we should stand up for them. Down below is a graph about woman vs men attacks.

    • PeytonP_4BoydBence

      I agree 100%. Anyone should have the right to go to school, equal pay, and overall equal rights. It’s sad to know that not only in the U.S but in other countries women are treated with zero respect. Women aren’t looked at as equal whatsoever. Below is a graph of women’s physical security throughout the world.

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      We should worry about discremination and slavery in other places in the world. There’s little to no inequality between genders in the USA. I don’t any evidence of there being inequality between genders in the USA. Both genders have the same rights and equalities. The bigger problem is in the remote parts of the world.

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      I agree with you. We are lucky to live in America where there is a good balance of equality between men and women. In other countries there are discriminations and restrictions set for women. In parts of Saudi Arabia women aren’t allowed to leave their home without their husband’s permission. Also women aren’t allowed to drive. When women aren’t given the same rights as men they can’t live to their full potential. Awareness must grow about these issues. Women over the years have worked and fought for equal rights now let’s give them the reason to celebrate.

    • JohannaS_BoydBence2

      Lindsay,
      I agree with you completely. People have taken great strides from where we used to be, but we still aren’t quite there yet. There are so many standards that women (and men) are held to, and those are the things in out way from reaching gender equality. As soon as everyone grasps the idea that not all women are pretty or sexy or anything else we’re expected to be, then we can start being treated like humans. I’d like to see this issue progress in the near future. There are so many historically brilliant women and records of women doing anything men are capable of and sometimes even more, so there’s really no reason to not treat them all equal.

    • EmilyA_Per3_boydBence

      Lindsay, I agree.
      But youre forgetting that not just women, but men can go through the same thing..Sex Slaves, human trafficking, domestic violence, and slavery. MEn go through most of the same thing women do
      For rape every 1 out of three women
      For rape 1 out of 9 men. Its uncommon, but it still happens.

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      Lindsay, I agree with you. People need to look at this issue on more of a world-wide scale. Not just in our own backyard. I like that you brought up issues such as sex trafficking and forced marriages. When most people think of women’s rights here in the US, they think of getting an equal salary, or being able to be a CEO. Nobody really grasps the whole picture. I also like that your own mom inspires you the most. Women need courage to stand up for themselves and make a difference in the way they are treated.

    • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

      I agree with you there are places that are not focused on and are going through the same things but worse. For example when malala was shot for trying to go to school and she survived and continues to fight for equality. I believe that everyone should get the chance to go to school and learn no matter what race or gender they are or were they live

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      In India, rapes are no big deal. But the women do things about it. In this country you don’t see walks, or protests. In India there are so many for these young girls. Yet, in India no action is taken against them. I bet if that happened in America then, there would be some action done.

      • Guest

        If you don’t see things about rape trying to be stopped here then your eyes must be glued shut. There is LOTS of action taking place, and if you took the time to look into this you would see there actually ARE walks that are happening to try and raise awareness. You are acting as if people here are just lazy and say “well, whatever” and that is absolutely NOT the case. Realize that just because you don’t see it in Coppell doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      I agree with you Lindsay that ever female should have equal rights as males. That one should not rule over the other.There shouldn’t be a superior sex, its all about equality. Like in the picture below its tic tac toe . No one won no one lost it was equal there was no winner.

    • MadiT_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree with you. The global awareness needs to be spread about women rights in other countries, not just the US. I also agree that women should have equal rights to men. They should absolutely have the same tight to education, fair pay, and equal rights!

  • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

    I feel that woman have all of the same written writes as man, but they are still treated differently because of gender. We can use numbers to see employment rates and other numbers, but there are other factors that add to that as well. So although I find that this can only be said in words, it’s too common for people to deny. Attached is a video from an ad that is directed towards women and telling them not to let labels define them. This is supposed to give empowerment to women, but if you have to make a video in the first place, then you have a problem. Women and men should be able to say that they are equal with confidence, instead of having to get esteem boosters to be who they were born to be. And just to counter any oncoming argument from other people, I am going to say this: from the beginning of time, the white male has had full control. They get to choose who they marry, if they’re going to vote for the next leader, and if they want to be the next leader. People of color (specifically men of color) went through some of the same process as females. They had no rights, then some rights, then all rights, yet for a while they were still discriminated against. This is where I feel women are right now. We’re able to vote, own land, and do everything else that man does, but there is something that’s more involved subconsciously that may make the difference in a job interview, a form of media, or anything else. We’re close to being on the same grounds as males, but there is something small that is still keeping us from getting there.

    Video ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOjNcZvwjxI

  • EmilyA_3rdPeriodBoydBence

    I guess as young students, none of us really realize that we don’t live equal. I didn’t know that we still had equality issues. But, we apparently don’t. But we did put up a fight to make sure we did, because I wouldn’t be able to do a lot I do now, i’m guessing. Then my mother probably wouldn’t be able to provide for us.. What if you didn’t have a father? Would you be homeless? Im glad we fought because I wouldn’t be where I am now.

  • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

    Let’s take a second and take a look around us, What do you see? Successful business men, and under appreciated women. Granted, there are some women who have stood out and made a name for themselves, but more times then not we women are looked past and forgotten about.
    2004, the women employment rate started falling. In my opinion, this is because in the man’s eye, we are still the sweet little housewives’ we always have been in the past. They don’t want to admit that we are more capable of things that they are. We can be engineers, we can be successful business women, we can be doctors, We can do everything that a man can do, and we aren’t afraid to do so either.
    Fighting is all we have left, its the only piece of defense that we have left. We are standing up, and fighting for what we all know is right. Equality is the goal, and we are steps closer to it every single day.

  • Ryan_R_2

    Women’s rights are a huge deal. We have come so far to be where we are at today, and we will continue working to get even farther. The conditions in gender equality are improving, but they will surely get even better. “Since 1950, the percentage of women participating in the labor force has nearly doubled, from about 34 percent of women holding jobs outside the home then, to about 60 percent now.” Thats almost half of the percentage gone up! Its a slow path, but we will get there eventually. Good things come to those who wait. I think that women are capable of doing everything a man is.

  • Julie_B_2_BenceBoyd

    I think that women should
    continue to fight for gender equality. Women deserve to be equal with men.
    Both genders are humans after all. Like how the Olympic committee won’t let
    some female athletes compete because of what some of them wear when competing because of what there religion says. US female weightlifter Kulsoom Abdullah wasn’t aloud to compete on national level because the wore long sleeves and pants. They said
    that it would prevent the judges from seeing if her elbows and legs were
    properly being locked during lifts. After talking to several people she was
    finally allowed to compete with a full body suit under her uniform. I think that
    women should have equal rights as men. Men don’t have uniform regulations so
    why should women? After all, any women that qualifies for competing on a national
    level should be able to.

  • taylor_w_2nd

    In our world today, women have almost achieved the gender equality they have worked for in the past. There are some areas where they aren’t completely equal and are still working towards their goal of equableness. For example, in the article above, it mentioned that women make about $.77 to every dollar a man makes. At first glade, that fact may seem a like gender discrimination, but the bigger picture behind this is that because some women take lower paying jobs and work fewer hours than men to be at home more, it lowers our overall percentile. I would also like to note that there are some areas where men and women are not equal. An example of this is in war. It is been brought to attention that women are protected from the lines of war and women also are restricted from many type of jobs in the service. Overall, women are very close to having the same rights and privileges as men, but aren’t quite there yet.

  • Tclark-2boydbence

    There is no arguing that there have been tremendous strides concerning women’s rights and equality, that being said we still have a way to go. While many women in America have more equal opportunities than ever and that is certainly not the case in all places across the world. From china’s missing girls, to women not being blamed for abuse as explained in this article in the Middle East, http://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2013/12/06/When-domestic-violence-strikes-in-Saudi-Arabia.html,
    Many women face extreme oppression everyday. Even in America there are some
    communities and/or situations where women are not treated the same or given the
    same opportunities. A couple examples are the wage gap between women and men
    like stated in the article, and that only 4.6% of CEOs of fortune 500 hundred
    companies are women. This has to be due to something. Whether young women
    and girls aren’t encouraged to explore these career options like boys
    are or that the ones who do have dreams of being a powerful figure in
    the world aren’t given the same chances as men are. We need to take a closer
    look at this trend to figure out why exactly we don’t have a more diverse
    population of things like CEOS and congress members because the world is missing
    out on great things.

    Women have amazing things
    to offer the world and many women can inspire people to do great things like
    themselves. A woman who inspires me is Demi Lovato and here is a zeega I have
    created about her. http://zeega.com/162831

  • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

    I thought that women rights has already been solved already. But I guess not. When I looked at this chart I was shocked. Women job employment rate have been dropping since around 2004. Why is that? I thought we have already solved this with MLK jr., Abraham Lincoln, etc. All of those people have shown that this is a problem. So why is this still a problem? So when I saw the question on the top of the page. Well, I guess that I have no ideas for woman gender equality rights. But all I can say is that you have to keep on fighting for your freedom. Keep on fighting to have your deserved rights.

  • EmilyA_Per3_boydBence

    I guess as young students, none of us really realize that we don’t live equal. I didn’t know that we still had equality issues. But, we apparently don’t. But we did put up a fight to make sure we did, because I wouldn’t be able to do a lot I do now, I’m guessing. Then my mother probably wouldn’t be able to provide for us, my brother and I.. What if you didn’t have a father? Because I don’t and would we have to be homeless because we had to rely on him to bring everything home? What if the only person that could actually keep an apartment was a prostitute? I’m glad we fought because I wouldn’t be where I am now.. We wouldn’t be where we are.
    I hope we continue to see that women can do most things men can.

  • MaggieS-2boydbence

    While many people might bring up points about equal pay and unempolyment in women this is not the problem. The problem is that women in society are supposed to behave in a certain way. We are expected to be thin and put together. “I say we come from difference jonas [her younger brother] you have been taught to grow out i have been taught to grow in” (Shrinking Women by Lily myers) {i have linked this slam poem below its a great eye opener} This poem provides contrast of how men and women grow up and are seen. This is the true problem to gender equality. As I have gone through school I was expected to look nice, hair done, make up nice and a good outfit that shows our nice figure but not to much. We are seen as slobs. lazy and unmotivated when not dressed this way. Women spend so much time on meeting everyone else’s expectations that they don’t have time to care for their education or job. Now, don’t get me wrong i am in no means blaming this on women. I myself find myself waking up at 6 in the morning spending hours looking nice, most women do. If society’s expectations weren’t so high women wouldn’t feel the need to look perfect when there focus should be some where else. This has gotten so bad that women feel they need to starve them selfs to make things better. In the USA alone 5K people suffer from anorexia while 25K suffer from Bulimia. These girls can concentrate on school or work all they can think is i’m not pretty enough, not thin enough, not good enough. This prevents women on making better grades and better jobs. Women can work on loving their body for what it is and realizing that how they dress and how they do there make up should be for you not for anyone else. The first step to having a better life is to love your self.

    http://poetry.rapgenius.com/Lily-myers-shrinking-women-annotated

    {Here is a amazing website if you or a friend is suffering from an eating disorder}
    http://www.mirror-mirror.org

  • Lea

    Women like Hillary Clinton have continued to fight for gender equality. She stresses that the battle of preventing violence towards women needs to be a priority of both men and women. She also says that we need to give women the tools to fully participate in their governments, economies, and societies. She has been advocating for women’s rights and she broke down a barrier when she ran against Obama for the democratic presidential election. She stands up for what she believes in and that is what I admire most about her.

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      I personally also like Hillary Clinton because she did an action to help convey her point. Today there are only 74% of women working. To make matter worse many companies are outsourcing, because A Java programmer earns $60,000 a year in the U.S., but $5,000 a year in India. The few remaining positions are occupied by men leaving few for women. Women have to step up and be as competitive as men for the gender gap to close. If women are submissive the remaining jobs soon would be filled up leaving women to stay at home and take care of their family. Than soon they will lose their ambition to work and stay home, and since they are staying home men the same age as them will get more experience and qualifications. Once woman start staying home they have lost the race against men.

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      I disagree with you. Hi llary Clinton has not made that much good progress. She hasn’t proven that her morals are right. She also sets a bad example by Putting up with her (should be divorced from) husband. That is why a lot of people don’t like hilary clinton

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      Lea, I agree with you. I think Hilary is an advocate for women’s rigths, and she believes women, and men, deserve equal treatment. Gender, age, ethnicity, or education should never prohibit a woman from getting that new job, earning a good salary, or just simply learning how to read and write. I admire Hilary, and many other woman throughout the world who continue to stand up for woman’s rights.

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      Lea I agree with you that we need more women like Hilary Clinton to stand up for women equality. We need women to speak up and tell the truth, that women don`t get the same treatment as men do, that women just need to be handed the tools to fully participate.

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      I agree with you Lea. I believe that having more woman involved in the government will help within progress of gender equality. If we had a strong female figure as a President, I believe that women would gain more respect from eveyone.

    • Christian H.

      She is a great example of the fight. She’s broken barriers, provided tools, and stood up for the common good. She is an embodiment to the principle of the battle that all men and women should be treated equal in the government, in the workplace, and in life.

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you. Even though she didn’t win she was showing that a women that a women has the same potential to lead the country as a man does.

    • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

      I agree that we need to give women the tools to fully participate in their governments, economies, and societies. Women feel like they do not have enough rights for a reason. So let’s give them those rights that they deserve.

    • MadelynR_3boydbence

      I agree with you she fought hard for gender equality as well as preventing violence. I also agree with the fact that she made a difference by running against Obama for the democratic presidential election, and she does not back down on a fight.

  • E C

    I admire Elizabeth Cady Stanton because she fought for women’s rights. She fought for voting rights and property rights along with other rights. She stood up for the entire population of women. She was the start of fighting for women’s equality.

    • Shemar_D_2

      I also admire Elizabeth Cady Stanton along with Susan B Anthony they were both huge women’s rights supporters and made a huge difference in the fight for women’s rights.

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      This what women need to do. We need to see protests and riots on the streets. Violence is not always the answer, but this issue needs to be brought up. I bet that a lot of men would join this revolution.

    • Christian H.

      This is a great example of looking into the future and changing. In the U.S. Elizabeth Cady Stanton fought for the rights of women and changed with the times, giving women the opportunity to become successful in life. Now what the world needs is people like that all around the world to unite under a cause and fight for a better tomorrow.

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      I think she’s a great person to admire. If it weren’t for her women today probably wouldn’t have the right to vote, if not it wouldn’t have happened when it did.

    • ChristenW_BoydBence

      I am so glad that fought for the right of women! By speaking up, she reminded women that they are worth something, that they are smart enough to effect the government.

    • taylors_4boydbence

      i agree she had a really big impact on the world and because she started fighting for women’s rights we have come so far from where we were!

  • NWeix-1stboydbence

    Wasn’t this already solved? Bringing up past issues that aren’t coming back (at least, not nation-wide) isn’t really gonna help anything, there’s always going to be some people who do this but it’s not wide-spread like before. I think we should focus on current events rather then dead issues.

    • JasminR_3BoydBence

      I disagree with you. I don’t think women’s right is a dead issue. As a woman myself feel we are treated differently. Like we are Expected to look beautiful, stay at home and cook. Yes, Women have the same right as men, but society tells us otherwise. I admired jenni riveras very much she is a american- mexican singer. She is a household name in many latin homes, and she was a single mother. Her succeed did not just come from singing she was a very successful business. What drove her to her success was not getting caught up in the negative because that destroys you. She did care for what society had to say.

  • PeytonP_4BoydBence

    As a freshmen in high school, I thought women had equal or almost equal rights to the opposite sex. Until recently, so did many others. Women weren’t given the right to vote until the year 1920. Prier to that women had little to no rights. Women have been looked at as the inferior sex throughout history. Women are supposed to be fragile, sensitive, and reserved, while men are strong, outspoken, and powerful. From an early age we are taught to look at men as “heroes”, as if they are the only ones who can save us. Children grow up seeing superheroes in movies and books and only occasionally there are women superheroes. The most famous ones are men like Superman, Batman, and Spiderman.

    Throughout history there have been women that not only I, but others look up to as our heroes. To start, Harriet Tubman helped slaves escape and have a new life where they would no longer have to work for their masters. Audrey Hepburn was an actress, and after retiring from the business she devoted her life to humanitarian work with the UNICEF. There are many others like Oprah Winfrey, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, Hillary Clinton, and Michelle Obama.

    Not only are women looked at as the inferior sex, but there are numbers to prove it. The graph below shows the difference in what women from different races make compared to men of their same race. The graph shows that all women from these races make a noticeably lower income compared to the men.

    Also linked below is a link to a slam poem by Lily Myers called “Shrinking Women”. Lily talks about the difference between the men and woman in her family and how the women are looked at differently than the men.

    Inequality is still a major problem in the world, it is just not talked about enough to realize how unequal women are compared to men.

    Link to “Shrinking Women” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQucWXWXp3k

  • Melody_M_2

    To me I think that there isn’t much to fight for in gender equality. But in all I think that we can still touch up on some things outside of our country because in other places if you even look at the a girl even looks at the other sex then she could be killed. Women are only looked at as the people that cook and clean. I think that we should really just focus one places outside of the U.S.

  • Miguel_A_Period2

    Why does gender matter whether or not you can do your work? Well I like to think it dates back to previous generations having a pecking order. Certain people do this hard work and others have to do this work. In no way am I saying that women are an inferior gender. I’m saying that women just have a lesser opportunity due to previous notions of the natural law of things. There will be those who are “lesser” and those who are “greater”. If women want to finish once and for all gender equality, just meet the same requirements as anyone else. For example, in the military, women have to meet requirements lesser than those of male soldiers. Why do we do this? I like to think it’s because some people just aren’t built as strong. Sure, there are women stronger than men. But it appears as though nature has made women not as strong as the opposite gender. I personally think every soldier, whether it be male or female, must meet the same physical requirements. Another way females can continue the fight for gender equality is to RADICALLY change a whole generation’s notion of what it means to be female. Raise your kids with the idea that females and males are equal. There are stay-at-home dads. There are military wives. There are female bosses. How about we mold the minds of young children that gender doesn’t matter on what you can achieve. The only thing that blocks you from success is your own personal limits and education.

  • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

    When I think about I, myself becoming a woman it makes me want to know that I have the same opportunities as anyone who works around me. Learning now that the rights between males and females still are not equal surprised me. When I look closer I can see flaws in system. Women deserve to have the same rights as men and steps should be taken to reach the balance.
    This week’s topic of Women’s rights makes me think back to the Do Now topic of Martin Luther King Jr. Civil rights. The progress of both of these dilemmas have grown enormously but, there are always underlining issues. Men can perceive women are as less capable than themselves. Women are able to do anything that men can do but there is still doubt. In America, we(women) are lucky to have the rights we do. In other countries gender stereotypes play a role in their everyday lives. In places like “Saudi Arabia and Vatican City women aren’t allowed to vote. In Yemen women aren’t allowed to leave the house without their husband’s permission. Another law in Saudi Arabia doesn’t allow women to drive”(Washington Post) All these go to show that women right’s around the world have not come to be equal.
    Women should be allowed to do what they have the right to do. Having inequality in this world holds people back from their true capability. Women shouldn’t be knocked down but built up. Luckily, women have been proving men wrong for ages. Amelia Earhart was the first women to fly solo across the atlantic ocean. Harriet Tubman lead more than 300 slaves across the underground railroad to freedom. Molly Pitcher manned the cannon and brought water to overheated soldiers in the American Revolution. All the women passed the limit and showed what women can do when given the chance.
    Women are strong will and kind hearted people who deserve the chance to express themselves. Awareness of Women equality should become a nationwide message. The world could not live on without women so let them have a voice and live out their dreams.

    Link to website about 7 ridiculous restrictions on women’s right’s: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/10/27/7-ridiculous-restrictions-on-womens-rights-around-the-world/

    Image of Gender Gap around the world

  • DuncanS_3BoydBence

    “However, despite the enormous progress women have made, much work remains before we can declare equality between the sexes. Women, on average, still make less than men in the workplace: about $.77 to every dollar a man makes, mainly because women take lower paying jobs or work fewer hours so they can be at home.” There’s nothing wrong with this because they chose to take a lower paying job or to work less hours. The idea that people making choices for themselves equals inequality is crap.

    Many people think Clinton is a bad role model because she put up with her husband having multiple girlfriends while being married to that jerk. Any wise person could see thats not acceptable to put up with and that only stupid people could think otherwise. She’s made some minor progress breaking down the gender barrier, however she’s not proven that her morals are good.

  • IsabellaV_3boydbence

    When people think of women fighting for their rights, I feel like they think of the 20’s where women protested on the street for their right to vote and equal pay. We are way past that now. If you look at it now, legally men and women are equal. We get equal pay, we’re allowed to vote, we can own our own property, but its not as simple as it seems to be. Among society, men and women are not equal. Women have an image of looking a certain way. We have to have our hair and makeup done, wear nice clothing, and always have our legs and armpits shaved. If we don’t meet up to those standards, then that means we don’t care or we’re lazy. Usually when we don’t meet up to those standards, men get grossed out by us or sometimes make rude comments. For example, I have had a boy tell me this before, “Ew, you didn’t shave your upper lip? It looks like you have a mustache” Little comments like this go a long way for some women. Women care so much on what they look like, they will do almost anything to look “perfect”. According to http://loveyourbody.nowfoundation.org 10 million women suffer from anorexia (starving yourself) and/or bulimia (throwing up your food after eating it). Or if women look too nice, maybe wearing a nice skirt or a tank top, men sometimes make vulgar comments, and women don’t like receiving comments like that. If we don’t accept them, we can be seen as a prude who can’t take a compliment. Also when women dress up to go out for a party or an event, some men think by how they are dressed it is okay to rape them because they are “asking for it” by wearing that tight dress or a low cut shirt. Since they were wearing those types of clothing, the women are told that it was their fault that they were raped. I found a commercial about how women don’t “ask for it”. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=h95-IL3C-Z8

  • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

    When I think about Women’s Rights. I think that we are all equal and that women get treated fairly. I was wrong, we have come a long way from where we were but women still don’t get the same kind of respect that men. Men are known as the superior sex they’re strong, fearless, and “heroes”. Why can’t women be seen as strong, fearless, and “heroes”? You don’t just see men risking their lives in Afghanistan. There are men AND women. They’re also risking their lives for their loved ones. Why can’t we get that respect? How come when men make an insult to women it’s considered “funny” and when women make an insult to men its “offensive”? How come women don’t get paid as much as men when they’re doing the same job? These are questions that pop into my mind when I think about Women’s Rights. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/10/27/7-ridiculous-restrictions-on-womens-rights-around-the-world/
    On this website it is a list of the 7 most ridiculous restrictions on women’s rights around the world. One of them is that in Ecuador ” Abortion is illegal unless you’re an “idiot”. Wait till you read the rest of them. This is a great example of how women are still not respected as equals. Below are some of my favorite quotes that I have found that defend women’s rights.

  • JohannaS_BoydBence2

    The first flaw in this whole issue lies within the title of this very article. It says “How Can WOMEN Continue the Fight for Gender Equality?” It doesn’t say “How Can Woman Continue the Fight for Women’s Rights?” It should be worded “How Can PEOPLE Fight for Gender Equality?” I understand KQED’s reason for wording it this way to begin with, but the title is a debate on it’s own. The majority of people fighting for gender equality is going to be women of course, but I think there’s the solution. Feminism is a synonym for gender equality, but I think there’s another error in the title. People see the words feminists or feminism and immediately start to think of a group of protesting women who hate men, and that is the most wrong anyone could be. Seeing feminism like that is like seeing muslims as terrorists, or blacks as criminals, or any other extreme stereotype that might apply to very few of the group being labeled; so back to what I was saying about the solution. The solution is to INFORM people about the gender gap, and why it’s important, and what feminism really means. There are so many opinions people have made based off the surface of what they can see. Basically, they’re judging books by their covers. However, informing people about the truth will not make any difference except maybe change the minds of some people. The next action that should be taken is to abolish stereotypes.

    In the recent Disney movie Frozen, there featured two strong female leads as the two main characters. Around the time of the release the head animator made a comment about how it was difficult to create these characters because they had to remain pretty, but still look similar. This article (http://entertainment.time.com/2013/10/14/do-animated-female-characters-need-to-be-pretty/) goes more into depth on the whole issue. These are the exact type of stereotypes that we need to get rid of. The woman who is pretty and dainty and the man who is tough and impossibly manly as well.

    I’m not at all saying there aren’t strong manly men or pretty girly girls, but saying that all are like that is the mistake. Women CAN be strong as men CAN be weak, but society holds us to this standard that we must be a certain way. Making men into an image that they must be “manly” doesn’t just say all men should be strong, but it’s also saying all women can’t be. Women aren’t allowed to be “manly.” Getting rid of gender stereotypes would be the second step in reaching gender equality. The final part would be to finally start treating every human being like one. For some reason people have always had a really tough time getting this trough their heads weather it be with race, religion, sexuality, or gender. A person is a person. We encourage our kids to be what they want, let their imaginations run wherever, and aspire to do anything, but as soon as you’re “too old for that” you’re told what you can’t be and how you can’t feel. How does the color of someone’s skin or what they believe in affect how they are as a human being? We should not be judged on how we appear, but rather how we act and if we’re a decent human being or not. There are people who fit into certain stereotypes, but there are so many more that don’t, and we need to stop trying to put everyone into a box. You can do and be whatever you like because this is your life on earth and why waste it trying to conform to other people’s standards?

  • MaxP_3boyd_bence

    People think that equal pay and employment is not the big issue. Equal pay depends on your job, not gender. Employment depends on your education, not your sex. The actual problem is stereotypes. Because of stereotypes we expect women to be at home helping their kids all day and attending to them. And every time they exceed that expectation, women seem to make genders equal. In fact most people including women, think that women’s rights are already equal. Most people were not aware that women’s ski jumping was not an Olympic sport until this year. The first woman ever to be able to jump in women’s Olympic ski jump was American Sarah Hendrickson. She holds the historic title of being the first women ever to jump in women’s Olympic ski
    jumping. And many women are making gender equality even more equal each day. I
    believe that if we keep women moving forward, in sports, science, environment, etc. we can make gender equality better for both genders. Sarah Hendrickson has
    broken through the sports barrier along with many other women. Elizabeth Blackwell was an American physician who was the first woman to become a medical doctor in the United States. She broke through the science barrier along with many other women. And Rachel Carson was an American marine biologist and conservationist whose work revolutionized the global environmental movement.She had broken through the environmental barrier. Women are making genders more and more equal every day. And that why I believe that if we just continue on the path that we’ve been following, we will soon be equal.

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/winter-olympics/26057176

  • JacobG_2_BoydBence

    Each and every person on this plant should have equal right and be able to say and do whatever the would like to. No matter what gender you are. Why treat woman less that you would treat a man? Although the rights have been fought for many time, in some countries the man is still in a sense superior to the woman. The USA has given these right to them but yet some places are still behind on the whole idea. The image below represents that woman can be strong to (more superior to the male). Most of the things that are missing in some places are the basic rights such as voting and being able to show off beauty to the opposite sex. Each of these right that are taken away from woman, They are striped them for them selfs and the build up of self confidence. In my opinion my most admired woman in history would have to be Rosa Parks and african cilvil rights activist. She was known as “The fist lady of civl rights” and “The mother of the freedom movement”. You the community may know her as the woman who refused to follow the bus drivers orders when she sat at the front and she would not go to the back of the bus. I admire her bravery and her will to do something right and wonderful to the country at that time. Each step she took to fight for what she wanted and what the community wanted were steps of knowledge and inspiration.

    • lilliand_3_boydbence

      I agree with you that you have to fight for what you believe in and that ladies rights are important because we are all truly equal.

  • DevonD_2boydbence

    Women are continuously making progress in the gender gap. We are standing up for ourselves and saying ” If a man can do it, so can I.” I see all these people saying that there is a problem in employment rates. Employment rates depend on your education, not on the sex of the person. I feel that people are just judging women on their ability to do things – that’s the real problem. A lot of people think that women need to just stay at home and take care of the kids and that’s why there is such a low percentage of employment for women. In some areas of the world, woman are deprived of being able to work, let alone read. The problem is , is that women are being deprived of opportunities that they could have. Like in this video below “woman are more likely to work less” or ” over 450 million woman and girls cannot read or write”. These woman deserve to be just as successful as men.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxECHRlrHu8

  • Maeve_K_Period2

    Women are making a lot of progress in gender equality, but there are still many instances where a woman isn’t granted the same pay, job, or general respect as a man in the modern workforce. Since 2010, more men than woman, working the same job, receive almost 30% more money annually. Another example is literacy rates. Women all over the world are less literate than men, because it a common conception that women must stay at home and cook meals, or watch the children. Look at these charts below. All of man was created equal for a reason. Women must keep fighting for equality.

  • MichaelF_2boydbence

    I think that women are pretty equal already, i mean women have lots of rights that make them equal in the us. In other countries women might not have as much rights as women do in the us but thats mainly religious reasons. Women have lots of jobs that are high paying and if you look around your classroom you see more women as teachers than men, to me that proves that women are getting more jobs than men. I think that women are pretty covered in the us, so maybe we should focus on women’s rights in other countries.

  • Shemar_D_2

    I think that women’s rights have come along way since the times of women’s suffrage but it is not fully equal yet. Things have definitely improved since back when Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton were fighting to make sure that women could vote and do things other than be house wives. Nowadays it wouldn’t be weird if a woman was you boss or your manager.

  • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

    From what I have seen so far on this topic many people seem to be getting their opinion out and about and some have hurt others. I myself hate to hurt peoples feelings and it is hard for me to talk about things like this. I respect everyones opinion that they have but we are not here to start fights we are to solve them and come closer as people and push each other further apart.. Each side has the “comeback” to support them selfs but we forget to see the reality that is out there in front of us all. yes Men and women have always faced things like discrimination,sexism and Ect and yes it is still out there and if we continue like this we will or could just make things work. We all probably wish that all the problems in the world could disappear and go away forever and we could all be perfect. I wish these things would happen sometimes because I hate to see people get hurt,killed, and be put into harmful situations I hate to see on the news about something happening to a school or to people somewhere else or just anywhere in general.

    We as people need to solve problems not start them and this i were it all starts.

    Support to stop gender descrimination here – https://www.change.org/petitions/scientific-community-stop-gender-discrimination-in-science

  • SnodonStudents

    It’s important that women remain in charge of their reproductive rights!

  • SnodonStudents

    Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to graduate from medical college in 1849.

  • SnodonStudents

    :)

    • Shemar_D_2

      ;)

      • RaagP_4BoydBence

        First of all JABAR, there are women in the military, so I have no idea that you are doing this, and portraying our school in this stupid light.

  • ErinB_2boydbence

    Gender equality is a controversial topic. In order to make more progress in the fight for gender equality, I believe that we need more strong female figures in our society; having a female president would be a big step, because they have such a huge role in our country and government. The biggest issue that I see as in obstacle, is the lack of respect that men have for women. I have noticed that men believe that we should be the way that they want us to be, or that they expect us to be a certain way. For example, a common issue that I have noticed a lot is in married couples. The husband always wants the wife to be a housewife, which is not right. We deserve to be whoever or whatever we want to be. But in general, women get treated like dirt by some men. What some people do to women is just wrong. And I choose to not go into details for a reason.

    One woman in history that I admire the most is Ellen DeGeneres. She has a passion for standing up for what she believes in which is inspiring to not only me but a lot of people.

    One example of gender inequality is something we went over this year in my Global issues class, which was a gender gap in education. Malala was shot by the Taliban because she stood up about her educational rights.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/10/world/asia/teen-school-activist-malala-yousafzai-survives-hit-by-pakistani-taliban.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

  • trevorosterhout bence boyd

    Form what i see their not much more to fight for men and women are almost equally the statics are messed up because women take less hour and stay home with kids because stereotypical women are stay home but women do just make less money like they use just because their women

  • Tanya

    Women can continue to make progress by becoming president, and leader of the country. I see an obstacle where women are needed in the home, and are the ones that rise up future generations. Men will never be able to take on that job and role. Amelia Earhart is the woman I admire the most, because she showed everyone that women can do things that men can, and that they can have decent jobs.

    • CallieH_2BoydBence

      There are plenty of men who stay at home and raise the kids. It’s very much possible. Just because we have a female president doesn’t change much. There have been plenty of women that have done things to enhance their lives. Helen Keller was involved in politics. Lots has happened, but the fact of the matter is that we’re not done. Opinions can’t be changed over night. We have to do lots. It’s just a matter of if people can get organized enough to do it.

    • ClaireG_4boydbence

      I know several fathers that stay home and raise their children, while the mothers bring home the pay check. I think it would be pretty amazing if we had a woman president, but politics is a “man’s world” therefore that would be a hard fight to win. In order for there to be a change in gender equality, it’ll take time and several voices to speak up.

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      That is very true. Women can do these things such as become president. Men, usually knock them down. Now it is in their head that they can’t do this or they can’t do that because thats a manly thing.

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      Tanya I agree with you women do now have opportunity. That they didn’t have back then but they have to work more harder than any man has to do to prove that women should be eqaul . I feel like a man should be able to do a women’s job if he wants to and a women to a man job if she wants to it shouldn’t matter.

    • ChristenW_BoydBence

      I agree with you, mostly, because you are right when you say that women really are, biologically, more built for staying at home and raising children. I also agree with in the sense that women can do things just as great as men can. However, I do believe that men can do the task as well, and that two parents are the best for children.

  • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

    Equality is key to changing our society for the better. In America our laws say we are equal. However women get paid significantly less for the same job as you can see in the graph below. So we might technically have all the same rights and can do anything a man can, it is frowned upon by many. There are still some people that say women shouldn’t be able to join the military here, and in many places around the world women are still fighting for voting rights and many other rights. “Yemen: A woman is considered only half a witness. That’s the policy on legal testimony in Yemen, where a woman is not, to quote a 2005 Freedom House report, “recognized as a full person before the court.” In general, a single woman’s testimony isn’t taken seriously unless it’s backed by a man’s testimony or concerns a place or situation where a man would not be. And women can’t testify at all in cases of adultery, libel, theft or sodomy.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/10/27/7-ridiculous-restrictions-on-womens-rights-around-the-world/ So you can see if we look globally, it is a much bigger issue than people think. Women in Yemen have it much worse then us here in America. Here, the salaries of men and women grow closer together year after year, we need to continue that growth here and everywhere else. We need to continue to raise awareness in order to solve this equality issue. It might be hard to change societies view on it, but we can do it if we unite together as one voice

    • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

      I agree with you very much. If women are considered equal to men, then why aren’t they treated like it? I mean, what’s the point of saying the words when you aren’t doing the action?

    • ChristenW_BoydBence

      You are very, very right about how around the world females are treated with extreme prejudice. Don’t even get me started on certain middle eastern countries! I also love how you reminded us how we can make a difference by uniting.

    • MadelynR_3boydbence

      I agree with some part of your comment, however I stand on the fact that no matter what part of the world we live in we still have to deal with equality. So with that being said it takes education and physical training.

  • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

    Equality is key to changing our society for the better. In America our laws say we are equal. However women get paid significantly less for the same job as you can see in the graph below. So we might technically have all the same rights and can do anything a man can, but it is frowned upon by many. There are still some people that say women shouldn’t be able to join the military here, and in many places around the world women are still fighting for voting rights and many other rights. “Yemen: A woman is considered only half a witness. That’s the policy on legal testimony in Yemen, where a woman is not, to quote a 2005 Freedom House report, “recognized as a full person before the court.” In general, a single woman’s testimony isn’t taken seriously unless it’s backed by a man’s testimony or concerns a place or situation where a man would not be. And women can’t testify at all in cases of adultery, libel, theft or sodomy.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/10/27/7-ridiculous-restrictions-on-womens-rights-around-the-world/ So you can see if we look globally, it is a much bigger issue than people think. Women in Yemen have it much worse then us here in America. Here, the salaries of men and women grow closer together year after year, we need to continue that growth here and everywhere else. We need to continue to raise awareness in order to solve this equality issue. It might be hard to change societies view on it, but we can do it if we unite together as one voice.

  • JTM_3boydbence

    I really don’t have a big opinion woman’s rights. To be honesty I could really care less. The only thing is that I do strongly believe that women should not be in combat. I don’t feel that it is a place for a “lady”. I have met women that were fighter jet pilots and helicopter gunners and they are great at there jobs. But when it coms to the physical demands of combat woman are not cut out for the job. It is simply proven that men are bigger faster stronger men thats how we were built. Plus there is a resin that women have to do less then men in basic training because they simply cant do what men do in combat.

  • ColeW_4BoydBence

    I disagree with Aaron and Riley. Aaron, Women might be close to equal in the U.S. but around the world they are treated like trash. Some can’t show their identity because of a religion to some that can’t even get an education because they are a female. Riley, Women do not automatically get paid lower then men. It matters on what position you have in the job, say if the woman was a manager and the male was a worker. The woman would be paid more based on the position she is in.

  • SpencerH_4

    I think that women are very important in this world just as important as men, just in there own ways. Women should have all the rights men do. people think they shouldnt have some right or jobs because of physical attributes. But the only difference between men and women in physical jobs is it just takes more work for women SOME of the times. But when it comes to normal jobs women should not be limited or there income should not be brought down. thats a dumb idea because I Believe and there are facts to prove that women are just as capable as men and men are just as capable as women!

    • ColeW_4BoydBence

      I agree with your thoughts you are spot on with how the U.S. is treating women.
      Although outside of the U.S. women are treated horribly, and not like human beings. They are slaves to the men in multiple countries around the world from India to Africa.

  • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

    In my opinion women have made a lot of progress in the fight for equal rights. They have almost entirely equal opportunity at school and jobs in countries like America and most of Europe(See Chart below.) A few religions have rules that set women lower then men. These religions have existed for a LONG time, it will take a really long time to change these ideas, but if more people stood up for what is right in counties like these one day we will be equal. Take Aung San Suu Kyi (1945– ) for example, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and scholar living under house arrest and many other restrictions imposed by her native Burma’s (Myanmar’s) military rulers, leads a popular political movement and party whose non-violence and civil disobedience offer hope for eventual democratic government. -Source: http://www.superscholar.org/features/20-most-influential-women-intellectuals/ If we had more people like this that fought for REAL equality not one way or the other the world would be a better place. (A lot of people in this comment section are very much one way.

  • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

    How can women continue to make progress in the fight for gender equality? Women have been fighting for rights for a long time. Countries like America have almost entirely equal rights (See graph below.) We need to pay more attention to countries and religions that put women lower then men. They have been this way for a long time but if more people would be more like Aung San Suu Kyi (1945– ), a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and scholar living under house arrest and many other restrictions imposed by her native Burma’s (Myanmar’s) military rulers, leads a popular political movement and party whose non-violence and civil disobedience offer hope for eventual democratic government. Worked hard and supported fully equal rights not one way or the other the world would be a better place.

    • ColeW_4BoydBence

      I agree with you Marcus, the graph you have here is very explainable. I like how you represent you’re saying by the graph. We do need to pay more attention to the women in other countries.

  • ColeW_4BoydBence

    I believe that women are treated equal in the United States, but poorly in the countries that surround us. Some people are saying that women aren’t treated the same because of their small pay. But they are treated the same as men when they are working. It just matters what position you are in you’re work that you’ll get paid a high amount or smaller amount. Say the woman is a CEO and the male is a Manager, the woman would be paid more. Also sometimes it’s based on seniority, such as a pilot or a fast food restaurant. Anyways there has been multiple incidents to where a woman is mistreated because of sexual harassment or even believing they are worth nothing. This happens all around the world even in your hometown. You can either change it or let it change you, it’s your call.

  • lilliand_3_boydbence

    I feel like the discrimination against woman has gone down an enormous amount since before 1920 when the law was passed that woman could vote. their are still people who beleive that woman are not as important than men. Walmart discriminates against woman and was not willing to promote woman as said in the article ( http://ecosalon.com/the-5-worst-companies-for-women-to-work-at/ )

    and woman still don’t get paid the same as men on average in america.

  • LawsonZ_3BoydBence

    I believe that woman’s rights have gone a long way. I feel like the laws are in place here in America but they are afraid to take a stand. I do understand there are some people who have been type cast to be stay at home mom’s. But in my life I have seen my mom rise in her company. She is one of the highest places of a company that has offices in countries all over the world. So in summery I believe that they are in a place to lead but so many people are afraid to take the leap.

  • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

    Women have come a long way in history and I don’t think they should stop now. They are continuing to show that they belong here as much as men do. Discrimination still exists in many workplaces where women are discriminated and aren’t treated the way that they should be treated. It’s not right that they are being judged and left out of many opportunities just because of sex.

  • RaagP_4BoydBence

    I think that there is one MAJOR difference between men and women. There are unions to prevent this, and there are LAWS. I am talking about pay differences. So many women have less pay compared to men. There are so many excuses out there. The main one is maternity leave. Since women get maternity leave, they get lower pay. But, what I am wondering is that women get paid when they go on maternity leave. So, there should be no excuse. In the common household women have more power. Erin Delmore, has fought for equal pay, and she has not given up yet. She wants the stereotypical phrase “Women isn’t strong” in the trash. Also, President Kennedy and President Obama, have passed laws that there should be equal pay. Yet there isn’t. But MSNBC writer wrote that 50 years later women are still fighting and they are becoming stronger every time.

  • DorianM_3boydbence

    I believe that woman’s rights have changed a lot in time. We still have a long way to go like in the video it says “Being a parent isn’t a full time job just for women”.
    Back then Women were told to clean the house do the chores have children but they had to let there man support the household and take care of the money. They couldn’t even get a real working job most of the times. But Laws in america have changed we live in a new a time a new decade. But the problem i believe is society they have type cast married women as stay at home moms that dont work when there so much more to them than that.
    We need to change ourselves and are view for the world to slowly make a change no law is gonna change us we have to change us.
    Women all over the world has proved man wrong time time agian when they say we cant do something that just makes us want to do it all i say women and men should get the opportunity to do whatever they want and work for whatever job they want to have

  • Brent_L_Per1

    I think that now, at least in the U.S women are *legally* equal to men, but there is still a stigma surrounding women in power. I don’t know why but a lot of men seem to disregard the fact that a woman has the ability to lead just as well as them. We also see problems in equality as far as pay goes between men and women, this is a point where I think law should be put into place where you must pay men and women equally for the same position. It just doesn’t make sense that a woman would be paid less than a man for a job if they’re doing the exact same thing.

  • JasminR_3BoydBence

    I feel that women have all of the same legal rights as man, but I feel we are still treated differently because we are girls. Gender equality is still a major issue. For example, as stated in the article,”Women, on average, still make less than men in the workplace: about $.77 to every dollar a man makes,. It’s too common for people to deny, but Women are seen as a stay at home mom and raise the kids, clean the house, cook the food,”. I admire jenni rivera a lot she was Mexican-American singer, and a single mother she had to be the mother and father to her kids. She was a really successful business woman, but I think her biggest success was demonstrated to women that we can do anything men can. We as women can have come as far. We can join the army! We can go and get a our dream job. whether it be a teacher, a nurse or doctor whatever we wish to be. Even becoming the President is possible in United States now, but I feel like men still have that mindset that makes impossible for us to become this thing. Yes, we have equal pay and employment to women this is not the problem.

  • Christian H.

    BoydBence
    When we look at history. Women have made leaps and bounds in the work place. In the 1950’s women were known as “house makers.” All women did was clean house and take care of the kids. Compared to the time the difference is enormous, women are allowed within any job possible, women’s are allowed in any school, and women have the right to vote. All 3 subjects very controversial but ended up going in the right direction. But no matter how far we go into the future women’s rights seem to still be an issue. In the middle east especially women aren’t even allowed to get basic education. People are stuck in the past and disregard the fact no matter who the person is male or female everyone has the capability to learn and become educated. The human mind doesn’t change just because the gender does. The main obstacle for women nowadays is the fact that people are stuck in the past clinging onto old religions and ways of life that cant keep up with the changing world and the changing mind of women. Many women have seen this like Susan B. Anthony. I admire her for not giving up, finding ways around the set rules of society and creating her own ways. She was taught by her father and become greatly educated. Susan become the headmistress at Canajoharie Academy, her work as a teacher encouraged her to campaign for equal pay for women teachers who, at the time, were paid considerably less than men. She later went above ad beyond fighting for the rights of not only women but African American men and women also. She saw into the future and changed it, for us, for the better, and for brighter future.

  • MichelleS_3_boydbence

    I believe that men and women have the same rights and should be treated equally. Sadly, that is not always the case. We have improved greatly, but there is still a lot that needs to be established. I have attached a graph below that shows the employment for men and women since 2001. As you can see, men have always had a higher employment rate compared to women. Sarah Palin is one of the women that inspires me to fight for equality. She inspires me because she did something that many women are afraid to do. Sarah ran for vice president along with John McCain running for president. She broke the stereotype and lead. Sarah Palin came so far and gave so many women and young girls encouragement that they can do things that guys do too. We can do anything that we set our minds to! We need to continue on with our fight for freedom and equality. It may take longer than we expected, but it will definitely be worth it in the end.

  • MadiT_Per3_BoydBence

    Equality is something that has been proven to be difficult to attain world wide. Whether it is someone’s skin color, gender, sexuality, etc., there have been issues where these people are being put on different levels of importance or worthiness. In many eyes, things should stay the way they used to be, where the women stay at home and clean, cook, take care of the kids, etc. But a lot of these people are also freshman in high school, including myself, who have NO idea what the real world is really like, whether they want to admit this or not. There are more and more women rising in power in this world, and the sooner that they realize this, the sooner the ignorance will stop clouding their judgement. But, even with the fact that women are rising and become more prominent, there are still issues with them being completely equal with the men they are working with. The fact that two people, a man and a women, working shoulder to shoulder doing the exact same job where the man is getting payed more is ridiculous. Then these same people who say this isn’t a problem and there are “more important issues” are just going against their argument because THEY are the ones that feel like they are more worthy than the women they work/will work with. It is time for people to get off of cloud 9 and realize that the world is changing and it will continue to change and if they want the world and the job of women to stay the same they will be sadly disappointed.

  • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

    Men and women in the US are now equal in terms of legal matters. Even though there are laws in place to make sure men and women in the same position get equal pay they aren’t always followed. Its up to employers to fix it or women to take legal action. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 is “aimed at abolishing wage disparity based on sex.” It isn’t the law’s fault that women are getting paid less. Marie Curie inspires me. She was the first women to Nobel Prize. She created the x-ray and radioactive treatment. She also discovered 2 elements. She showed the world that not only men can be scientists and doctors.

  • ChristenW_BoydBence

    . The article above stated that women averagely get paid only $.77 compared to men’s $1, and many have been using that evidence in their feminist comments. However, many neglect to also mention what was stated right below; that this is mainly because of women wanting to spend more time at home, which means that certain women’s lower pay is due mainly to their own choices.

    . What popped out at me the most was the percentage of women who were in certain government areas. 20% of women making decisions is certainly not equality. Despite this, I do believe that if women in america really, really wanted to reach that point of power, they could. However, as many people have figured out, education is essential for shaping the minds of mankind. Schools must start teaching ALL children, boys and girls, that they should strive to be hardworking and persistent, to not be afraid to seek guidance from others and to challenge themselves. After all, their have not been very many, if any at all, great people in the world who did not face challenges and have to preserver to overcome them. Therefore I say, in the sense of education at least, that instead of going easier on young girls we need to expect more from them. We need to expect them to do their absolute best, both mentally and physically, and we need to teach them to stand up for themselves. That way they will be prepared for their futures as women in the work force.

  • MikeM_3boydbence

    I think Womens rights are getting better everyday. All they need to do is keep protesting and doing what there already doing to get every country to have equal rights with men and women.

  • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

    Gender equality is a touchy subject for everybody, and I understand why. But, even though I get it, I don’t think it’s necessary to even address it. The reason I think this is because what every good person out there says is true. Everyone really is equal. A woman can do anything a man can do, and I don’t think anyone should think otherwise. Just because woman were “less than men” back then doesn’t mean they still are now. Heck, it was wrong to even qualify them “less than men” back then. Women are people, too. They have arms and legs and brains like we men do. What makes them different? If a pair of hands can create or control something, what’s making you say they aren’t a woman’s hands?
    A woman, or girl I should say, that I admire is Chloe Grace Moretz. I want to be a filmmaker and actor, and she is my favorite actress of all time. Every movie she is in I love. I love her movies more than I do any other movie. She inspires me to do what I love to do. And just because she is not a he does not make that stupid or weird in any way.

  • John Diep

    #DoNowWomen/ I believe that gender equality in reality is unreachable because there always gonna be that one boy or girl who believes their gender is superior. I admire my mother as an individual despite my gender.

    • taylors_4boydbence

      i agree i think we will never achieve full gender equality its impossible but we can work towards getting more gender equality to the closest to perfection as it will get.

  • Shirley Mei

    Women can continue to make progress for the fight for gender equality by having a career in a “man’s field.” Many jobs that women have aren’t in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. By expressing interest in these field, women are going one step further to close the gender gap between men and women.

    • taylors_4boydbence

      i agree i think if women expect to be treated equally they need to start doing things that males would usually do to show that woman can do them too.

  • JayWolf

    I think that it’s good that their still fighting the inequality that remains against women. However I don’t think that just because there should be equality of women especially in politics or the workplace, that everyone should play the same role as breadwinner in their family and that the responsibilities of nurture provider and teacher should all be fulfilled within the family not by a nanny or a tutor but by parents.

  • taylors_4boydbence

    Woman can continue to make progress by not giving up and not letting men degrade them in anyway and continuing to fight for gender equality. I think men are the biggest obstacles to gender equality because they are the reson gender is not equal. They use woman as objects and for there own needs. They think they are superior to women and that they can treat them however they please. I think women also encourage gender inequality by wearing exposing clothes or letting men use there bodies. They are the reason men think its ok because women like that allow them to act like animals and those women have no respect for themselves or the gender of females. i admire Malala because she was a brave girl who got shot for what she believes in and she wasn’t going to let that stop her.

  • MadelynR_3boydbence

    In my opinion I think that there isn’t much to fight for gender equality. Now a days women just have as much equality as men, and women can achieve anything through education and physical training. The person in history that I admire would be Susan B. Anthony who fought for women’s right to vote, and was also involved in the fight for slavery and the temperance campaign.

    • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

      Women’s rights have come a very long way it’s true, but they still have a long way to go, especially in places in the middle east where women can’t go to school

  • Rosa Chea

    The woman I admire is Susan B. Anthony because she was the civil rights leader and she cared about the equality for women for so long. She fought for women’s rights by helping us to be able to get the right to vote.

  • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

    In today’s society women by law have the same rights as men, however there are still many problems that need to be solved. But i don’t think that these issues are just in congress or in the work place, but in every day life. But these problems are not caused by men or the law or your boss but the women themselves. Many women expect to be treated not just as equals, but as dainty girls to, things like “its not right to hit a girl” or, ” girls first” hold women back just a much if not more so than other causes because they fulfill many of the stereotypes that have cause unequal right for women. If women want equal rights, they shouldn’t expect to be treated special and fragile just because there a girl.

  • Sierra Spring

    For awhile, I thought that women’s rights weren’t an issue anymore. It wasn’t until I caught my mom watching a feminist program on the TV, that I realized that women still struggle. We have certainly come very far since the 1900’s, but there’s still more that we can do.

    • Lbateman_2boydbence

      I agree that women have come far, but their rights still need to improve. I think if a female president was elected many things will change, but that probably won’t happen for a while. So the women just need to hold strong until they get their fare share of rights.

  • Lbateman_2boydbence

    I am surprised at the low employment rate of women it seems like many people are just sexist and don’t want to employ women or when they do pay them much. Women can still do work some times better than men, so I don’t understand why the present of unemployment is so high.

  • Asia_32

    how can women continue to fight for gender rights? i think most rights are the same sure we can have more but some people, through teachings of generations of family, are going to have some prejudice in the tree, and even then, we will have people forming their own opinions. Yes, we are pretty much equal in many ways but, sometimes women are looked down upon.We can speak out, encourage others to speak out. It depends on what you really want to do to show support, as long as its in reason. below is a link to another women s rights web site http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=4975

  • fernanda mendoza

    women can continue to make progress in the fight for gender equality by
    showing and proving men wrong about how we can do a men job and
    outstanding doing better things in life to help everyone. i think the
    reason why their is obstacles to gender equality is because men look at
    women as weaker than them and less capable, but we have role modles that
    have shown the wolrd women can do exactly or even more than men. The
    women I admire is Abby Wambach for being two-time olympic gold medalist
    and the 2012 FIFA World Player of the year in a sport people thought it
    was only for men. Soccer.

  • Stephanie Sanchez

    To continue to make progress in the fight for gender equality, women can protest against their employers. They can also have petitions that show how much women effect the economy and all the issues they’ve to deal with. The world needs to be aware of how much gender inequality there is and how women are treated as if they are useless and have no skills.The women that I admire the most is Susan B. Anthony. I admire her because she was the most powerful organizer of the 19th century women’s movement and fought against slavery. Her achievements have greatly impacted and changed our world today.

  • Stephanie Sanchez

    To continue to make progress in the fight for gender equality, women can protest against their employers. they can also have petitions that show how much women effect the economy and all the issues they’ve had to deal with. The world needs to be aware of how much gender inequality there is and how women are treated as if they are useless and have no skills.The women that I admire the most is Susan B. Anthony. I admire her because she was the most powerful organizer of the 19th century women’s movement and fought against slavery. Her achievements have greatly impacted and changed our world today.

  • Safa Shukairy

    I don’t understand why it’s so difficult for men to understand that we are all equal, I don’t think they act like we are, especially since woman don’t get equal pay, and animals get more sports show time than woman

  • Ben Torson

    More than 50 years after the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (Pub. L. 88-38) (EPA) became the “law on the land” even at the top-management level of America largest corporations the “War on Women” is a severe reality of the U.S.business environment: “List of 200 highest-paid CEOs contains only 10 women”

    http://opinions101.com/2014/06/05/list-of-200-highest-paid-ceos-contains-only-10-women/

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