Live Blog #6 (the last and final live blog for IWD) and THANK YOU: What YOU have to say about equal rights
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Today is International Women’s Day, and we’ve asked you to blog about your thoughts about equal rights.
This is our last live blog for Blog for International Women’s Day. We are so happy to see that many of you participated, and we thank you for taking the time to write about equal rights! There are many other blogs that wrote about equal rights on IWD which we weren’t able to include in our live blogs . . . but that doesn’t mean that they’re awesome. They’re worthwhile to read, so please check them out — you can find them by clicking on the blogs listed on the Blog for IWD Blog Directory. Thanks again!
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And without further ado, here’s what some of you are saying about equal rights:
At the heart of injustice to women, is a refusal to learn the lessons of person-on-person trauma. At the heart of injustice to women is a hard heart. The lure of privilege overwhelms compassion. The satisfaction of having our own needs met makes us blind to the vulnerable and needy. At the heart of injustice to women is certainty: certainty that all women’s needs are met; or failing that, certainty that all women who suffer are either rare tragic victims of chance or else ultimately to blame for being inadequate daughters, wives, or mothers.
To me Equal Rights means that gender, health, and lifestyle choices are not dictated by laws or a government; that salary, education, and socio-economic status are not based on one’s sexual orientation, gender, race, ethnicity, or religion; and because laws and government make this world go ’round legislative language should be debated and challenged in order to integrate Equality into the laws our politicians propose.
There are no borders when it comes to Equality, we are all human made of flesh and blood; we all need air to fill our lungs; we love, we cry, we make mistakes, there is even hate in some of us. Hate hinders progress and opportunity.
At Sex. Justice. Change. blog, Sammy writes about despite Kathryn Bigelow shattering the glass ceiling in her win last night at the Oscars, she accounts for the inequalities still present at the Academy Awards:
Throughout the Oscars, despite this milestone and shattering of another glass ceiling, I couldn’t help but see inequality all night. I’m in a class called “Fashion and Feminism: The Politics of Dress” this semester, and I was particularly interested in the fashion throughout the evening. Of course, this is nothing new – the men wear basically identical tuxes (although very expensive and designer-made, of course) while the women strut around in the craziest contraptions. But I kept noticing women having trouble going up and down the stairs on the stage – some women even needed assistance, assumedly because their dresses were too constricting or revealing. Kathryn Bigelow was clutching her chest when she won best picture – I was afraid she would faint (although perhaps it wasn’t because of her tight dress, I probably would’ve fainted had i just won Best Director and Best Picture, back to back). Either way, I was fascinated by this slight juxtaposition.While women have come a long way, and now a female has won best director, how many female directors can you name? Does this equalizing force mean that women have equal opportunity in this field? Just something to think about.
Imagine a world where each child, no matter their country of origin, family background, physical or mental abilities etc is encouraged to develop to their full potential; where a girl growing up in urban Los Angeles or a boy in a rural Dong village in China are equally nurtured and educated so that each child’s personality and talents are developed to the fullest extent possible. This goes beyond even Roosevelt’s freedom from fear and freedom from want. Instead of depleting our social resources, we would all be the richer for it. Who knows, they may revolutionize the water sanitation system, discover the next vaccine for malaria, or develop the next mode of “green” transportation.
In my journeys, I have faced unfairness for being a woman either by other women or men and have met many closed minded people. My travels nationally and abroad have humbled me considerably in realizing that everywhere, the same issues we as women in America suffer with are happening (to various degrees) everywhere. I think as Americans we like to think that women’s rights are a “western ideology” when in fact, many other cultures have either had women in power or treated them as equals as long or longer than we have in America. Since I have been following the Iraqi election, I like to reference this article: Iraq’s Female Candidates, Activists Or Quota Fillers?
In my opinion the language of discrimination is one of the big hurdles standing in the way of universal equality. It is both an indicator of prejudice and a perpetuation of it. If, for example a child hears it’s parents using derogatory language to describe a Chinese person, or a gay person, or a woman this is going to be the attitude and behaviour that the child learns, so it creates a cycle of discriminatory language. It is also an indication of societal norms. In a culture where the right to equality is enshrined in law the use of racist, or homophobic or sexist language is going to be far less socially acceptable and so less likely to be used. Of course it’s not a perfect system, there are still people out there with these ridiculous attitudes, but it is a step closer to the ideal of a completely equal society.
- equal pay for equal work: women still make 70 cents to every dollar than men make.
- equal access to health care for everyone, not just the rich: in order to function in society, people have to have access to quality health care that is appropriate for each individual, including reproductive health care
- equal access to education: if everyone has the same access to education, other barriers will start to fall down as well
- marriage equality: anyone that wants to get married, should be able to get married
- comprehensive sex education for everyone: people need to know how to make the right decisions for themselves with regards to their sexuality and this will only happen if everyone has access to comprehensive sex education
- end all violence against women: including (but not limited to) rape, domestic violence, genital mutilation, human trafficking.