The tide is turning towards gender equality… slowly. Thanks to the thousands of women who marched on International Women’s Day; thanks to those who have stood up for their rights with the #MeToo movement, and thanks to all of those other campaigns advocating the rights of women in the workplace and beyond, we are seeing a change in attitude.
But there is still some way to go before equality is fully attained. Despite the example of the Arizona Secretary of State, there is still a shortage of women in politics. Millions of young girls are being forced to marry in specific countries and cultures. There is still a gender pay gap in many careers, regardless of whether these jobs are male-dominated or not. And women are still being treated like sex objects, despite the trial surrounding Harvey Weinstein.
We don’t have to accept gender inequality. As a woman, you can make a difference. Here are some of the ways you can do it.
Have a positive attitude. The more you can support positivity in your life and the lives of those around you, you can throw off the negative attitudes others impose upon you. Don’t let others dictate what you can and can’t do. Don’t conform to expectations. Whatever you do, be it in the educational courses you enroll in, or the jobs you apply for, don’t be afraid to go against the grain, even if others try and deter you. You are allowed the same opportunities as men, no matter what society dictates.
Get involved in your community. You have a voice, so use it. Rather than being dissatisfied with your lot in life as a woman, speak out and make a difference. Could you run for local government? Are there local boards or community groups you can get involved in? Could you take a stand at community meetings and raise particular issues affecting gender rights in your town? It’s about taking a stand, and while you may face opposition, surely that is better than doing nothing at all.
Get involved online. Take part in online forums on subjects that are relevant to you. Share your opinions on social media, and join specific groups on the issues that matter. Write a blog, bringing attention to gender inequality around the world, educating your readers on matters they may not be aware of. Contribute money to charities already making a difference. Email government officials, and add your name to those pushing for differences. And Google search ‘women’s rights’ and look at all the ways online you can make a difference.
Support your sisters. If you see another woman being treated unfairly in work, then do something about it. Don’t stand for workplace bullying and sexism. If you need to take matters to the top, then do so. Support the women you know who are striving to make a difference. If they organize a march or a debate, then take part. You may only be one person, but in all kinds of ways, you can support the women around you, whether they are fighting or struggling in this male-dominated society.
So, what can you do? I hope I have given you some inspiration as you fight against inequality. And if you have some ideas of your own, please let me know. As women, we need to stand together. We can make a difference, and we can start making that difference today.
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