Equality. What does equality mean to you? When I think of that word, layers of profound meaning bounce off walls in my mind like a disappearing echo. The first thing that comes to my mind is fairness. That’s a pretty simple concept- everybody getting the same opportunities, treatment, and respect. A major issue of equality is gender.
If you were living in 1800 and woke up in 2018, you’d see a significant difference in the way women are treated in society. I mean, it is not a trifling statement to say that American women have gained numerous roles in society instead of the one task they had in 1800, which was to be a stay-at-home mother and housewife, to basically be seen and not heard. I recognize that change has been happening for women over the last generations, and am thankful for that. On the other hand, I can’t deny that there is still need for more change on behalf of gender equality in our society today.
Take the Women’s March for example. The march was a great way for women across the world to unite in solidarity and purpose. Hundreds of thousands of women across America thronged public spaces on January the twentieth, 2018. Powerful speakers let their voices be heard. Thought provoking signs extended above the crowds all day. Equality was the main driving focus of the march but anti-racism and anti-Trump were also some major focuses. Unfortunately Trump got a lot of attention that day since he is the kingpin of racism and sexism and we can prove that by the many sexist and racist comments he has made either by tweets or outright public comments.
I admire those countless women who stood together for one day to make a point. I for one, totally get the point. Maybe it’s because I’m a woman. Equality is important to me. I acknowledge the progress that society has made and know that once knowledge has been gained, we can’t go back. And we aren’t letting a sexist president get in the way. Our fear is that he may poison some minds to believe that sexism is okay, but for the majority of women and even men (yes there were lots of men who went to support the Women’s March), equality remains as stable as it was before Trump took the president’s seat in the White House.
Attend next year’s march if there is one, which there probably will be if Trump still reigns. Know your values and pick your battles.
Let’s just take a moment to be thankful for the huge progress that women have made over the sequence of many years. And let’s keep fighting for positive change in gender equality.
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