Women are the majority, but their needs still have always been put on the back burner while they’ve been fighting misogyny for years. Those all-around have had to fight hard to get the government to see that men and women should be equal in all aspects. They’ve fought for their voting rights for at least 100 years. Fought for equal job opportunity and equal wages, which is still going on today. Some women in foreign countries are still fighting for a girl’s right to education. And there are still protest on rape and sexual violence, and a women’s right to abortion. These are just to name a few of the injustices that women have had to suffer.With this issue the Social Justice party does not only want to focus on the injustices in America but also around the world.
We want the right to free,attainable education for young girls all over the world. We want equal job opportunity and pay for both women and men. We want justice in courts rooms on sexual violence and rape for victims. We want women to have the same rights and expectations as men. Women’s have been fighting for respect and equal rights for a very long time, and they will not stop until they get what they deserve. And we are committed to fight right along with them until the end, and we hope that you will too
There are plenty of countries around the world that support gender equality, contrary to belief. The Pew Research Center did a survey on 38 countries on whether they view this an important problem or not. And the results did not turn out bad, all but one viewed gender equality as at least a somewhat important problem. Out of the countries surveyed, U.S., Canada,the U.K., and Australian had the highest percentage, while Senegal, Indonesia, Jordan,and Turkey had the lowest percentage. We do not know why these statistics are like this.
Maybe it is because they’re culture and laws, or maybe that was not their main concern when the survey was taken. According to Fetterolf, an author for Pew Research, “Overall, support for gender equality was higher among women, those with more education (at least a secondary education in emerging and developing nations and at least a post-secondary education in advanced nations) and, in Europe and the U.S., those on the left of the ideological spectrum” (Fetterolf).
So we can clearly see that if the people in these countries are more educated and their political are on the side of left-liberalism, then they would be more in favor of gender equality in their countries. So we propose that while people are out protesting and demanding changes, that they consider educating their audience first before they can see any change. As the years have pass, the number expectations that most people associated with women has decreased. 75% of American adults reject the idea that women should return to their traditional roles, while there are still 51% of people who disagree with the former group completely (Heimlich).
Recently, women have started to protest the unfair wage gap between men and woman. In a research conducted in 2015, it was found that women make 83% of what their male counterparts make.(Brown and Patten). There must be a reason these wage gaps persist throughout the years, right? Well, Pew Research conducted a survey in 2013 and found it mostly because of familial responsibilities. It was reported that, “Roughly four-in-ten mothers said that at some point in their work life they had taken a significant amount of time off (39%) or reduced their work hours (42%) to care for a child or other family member. Roughly a quarter (27%) said they had quit work altogether to take care of these familial responsibilities. Fewer men said the same. For example, just 24% of fathers said they had taken a significant amount of time off to care for a child or other family member” (Brown and Patten). Why is it this way? But that is not the only reason, women still reported that they are discriminated against at their workplace, which is 2x more likely than men.
We are also concerned about the decreasing funding for public health spots, including Planned Parenthood, for young women and teens. Planned Parenthood provides numerous services for teens and young adults. This non-profit organization provides free pregnancy tests, abortions, prenatal services, and even do STD/HIV screenings. Because it is nonprofit, Planned Parenthood gets its funding federally. But recently, since our change in Presidents, the government has been threatening to cut its funding. We obviously do not want this to happen, if their funding is reduced, then numerous of their free services will either become expensive or non-existent.
Of course there are those that do not see Women’s limited rights as an issue, as we’ve shown you before. Some believe that women have all the rights they need right now, and there is no need for anymore. They believe that the wage gap is non existent, women should not get any say on what happens with their own bodies, and that education is not a necessity for women who are expected to stay at home anyways.
To fight these opposes and to continue to fight our way to gaining rights for women, we have a few solutions that we believe may work. Those this may increase your taxes, we wish to increase federal funding to provide more educational opportunities for girls and women, and funding for organizations like Planned Parenthood. And though this may take some time, we will have to individually negotiate with companies to get them to decrease and then erase the wage gap between their female employees and male employees.
Brown, Anna, and Eileen Patten. “The Narrowing, but Persistent, Gender Gap in Pay.” Pew Research Center. Pew Research Center, 03 Apr. 2017. Web. 06 Apr. 2017.
Fetterolf, Janell. “Many around the World Say Women’s Equality Is Very Important.” Pew Research Center. Pew Research Center, 19 Jan. 2017. Web. 30 Mar. 2017.