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“In the nineteenth century, the central moral challenge was slavery. In the twentieth century, it was the battle against totalitarianism… in this century the paramount moral challenge will be the struggle for gender equality around the world.”* Why is this still even a challenge in the enlightened western world?
Women make up more than two-thirds of the world’s illiterate adults, and access to education is especially a problem where groups of men that oppose female attendance attack many schools. Female rights are also compromised due to limited awareness of what they should be entitled to. After food and shelter, should our ‘aid dollars’ be attendant on greater access to education?
Unequal legal rights make women increasingly vulnerable to violence. One of the most obvious forms of violence against women in the world today is that of spousal rape. For instance a recent ruling in India states that rape laws do not apply to married couples. As rape is a crime of violence should women be sanctioned to use any and all premptive action to protect themselves
Women today are feeling in a less rush for reproduction with a wide range of career options and more access to pregnancy technology, to where pregnancy is delayed past our most fertile years. What are your thoughts on this? Do you find this important?
Our economy is indisputably shifting to where older adults are holding onto jobs longer and not opening positions for youth to enter careerminded fields. Because more mature executives are familiar with times when women weren’t equal in the office, do you think this has an effect on women’s standing in the workplace today? Also It seems as though in whatever profession you choose, men see you as either a woman with independence and strength, or someone inexperienced that needs to be managed, never as an equal. How do you show your colleagues that you are an equal without stepping on their toes?
Church and State are supposed to be separate in the government. Yet, the Catholic Church’s view of female sexuality seems to be dictating the medical coverage for women, including birth control. How can we change health coverage to make it more accessible to the modern women?
Hilary Clinton is going to see her first grandchild, which is a time of great celebration for her, I’m sure. But what do people care about? How it’s going to affect her run for the Presidency, should she choose to make one. Nobody cares about a grandfather running for the Presidency. How do women work to get ahead and make strides for themselves and for all women in a society that thinks a child and a career makes them less of a mother, and a grandchild should send them out to pasture?.
Does the rise and success of right wing extremism - the US Tea Party, the UK United Kingdom Independence Party, the Front National in France - set female empowerment back decades or highlight the stupidity and unfairness of the extremists?
If it is true that whenever women are involved in any one aspect of life - domestic, business, recreation - the empirical evidence shows that activity is enhanced in a real and tangible way, why is there such fierce resistance to this female influence? Have we still not overcome our caveman force majeure mentality? And more importantly, if not why not?
What positive steps can an individual or small group take to overcome inertia and change society’s entrenched attitude and acceptance of gender inequality? In other words to do something rather than feel swamped and helpless; to not let the perfect get in the way of the possible?
It seems as though in whatever profession you choose, men see you as either a female rival with independence and strength, or someone inexperienced that needs to be managed, never as an equal. How do you show your colleagues that you are an equal without stepping on their toes?
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Get over the feeling that the two words don’t go together--women and power. The fact is, if we don’t put the two together and don’t understand how power changes complexion in the hands of women, then we’re not going to make it. We have to own our personal power. Jane Fonda
If anyone makes you feel less than you are, for the color of you skin, for where you come from, for the gender of the person you love, for the religion you have faith in, stand up, speak up, roar. No silence till we are equal. Thisuri Wanniarachchi
Because glass ceilings, closed doors, and boys clubs are notions, they’re ideas; they’re not tangible. You can’t see, touch, or feel them. They can only exercise power over us if we choose to believe in them. Amy Mowafi
Legislators, priests, philosophers, writers, ans scientists have striven to show that the subordinate position of woman is willed in heaven and advantageous on earth. Simone de Beauvoir
We must raise both the ceiling and the floor. Sheryl Sandberg
The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping and subjugation of females begins when the doctor says, “It’s a girl”.
Gender inequality is established not between the legs first and foremost but between the ears by a much more powerful organ…
A woman needn’t be dragged down by her functions. D. H. Lawrence t
I don’t think a woman should be in any government job whatever. I mean, I really don’t. The reason why I do is mainly because they are erratic. And emotional. Richard Nixon
... that women are somehow inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or belief. At its most repugnant, the belief that women must be subjugated excuses slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation and national laws that omit rape as a crime... and continues to deny them fair access to education, health, employment and influence... holy teachings have an option to either exalt or subjugate women. They have... overwhelmingly chosen the latter. Jimmy Carter
It is a common fate -- a woman’s lot -- To waste on one the riches of her soul, Who takes the wealth she gives him, but cannot Repay the interest, and much less the whole. Ella Wheeler Wilcox
To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then, indeed, is woman less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man’s superior. Has she not greater intuition, is she not more self-sacrificing, has she not greater powers of endurance, has she not greater courage? Without her, man could not be. If nonviolence is the law of our being, the future is with woman. Who can make a more effective appeal to the heart than woman? Mahatma Gandhi
The Pentagon has allowed women to serve in combat. Yeah, the hope is that we can now finally defeat the Taliban by giving them the silent treatment. Conan O’Brien
Women have served all these centuries as looking-glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size. Virginia Woolf
Someday there will be girls and women whose name will no longer mean the mere opposite of the male, but something in itself, something that makes one think not of any complement and limit, but only life and reality: the female human being. Rainer Maria Rilke
Women belong in the house... and the Senate. Sexism is a social disease.
Feminism is a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians. Pat Robertson
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