100 years into the feminism movement, women have made leaps of progress in society across all spectrums and the dichotomy between gender rights is only a small sliver. In most western societies, women and men have equal rights in voting; powerful platforms are afforded to women to voice their opinions. Even in developing countries in like Africa, Asia and the Middle East, women are slowly catching up with men in terms of socio-political equality. However, the patriarchal beauracracy is still a powerful element that impedes the progress of gender equality, the political world being the most treachorous arena. But after thousands of years of history, women have ascended the social ladder at break kneck speed, one of the fastest examples upward mobility. There is still progress to be made but the outlook is more hopeful than not.
According to the Better Business Bureau, there are more employed woman than there are employed men, as well as more women college graduates. Just 70 years ago, men comprised the overwhelming majority of the work force, as well the majority of college graduates. The fields of nursing, fashion, public relations and education are dominated by women and they are projected to overtake the hospitiality and finance industries. These realities demonstrate the success of the feminist movement and countries that promote equal oppurtunities to women are shown to be more successful. According to United Nations reports, highly developed countries like Norway, Germany, Hong Kong and Singapore, have a gender balanced workforce.
Historical studies and classical cultures show that women were treated as objects of sexual desire, often treated like property. Gender roles were strongly biased towards men and a woman’s worth was little more than what she could offer sexually. Until recently, sexual repression plagued women and it wasn’t until the revolutions of the 1960’s did women started to challenge this status quo. The sexual revolution in Britain and the United States afforded women the ability to take control of their sex lives, allowing them to desire whom they pleased. From the 1960’s, female sexuality empowerment has grown and public figures of today demonstrate their liberation proudly. The roles have even been reversed as male celebrities are pressured to appeal sexually to women in order to remain relevant.
It is a fair statement to say that children of today’s generation are growing up in a world where women and men share parrarel status’. Half of the recording artists on music charts and on the radio are women and contemporary artists like Taylor Swift and Beyonce enjoy blockbuster concert tours. Television is dotted with shows like Oprah’s New Chapter, Judge Judy and The View, programs that empower females. Pop culture is an arena that enforces the feminism agenda and it is paving a generation of egalitarianism.
I give it another ten years before the patriachal beuracracy is completely disassembled and women can expect to be equally as powerful in politics and ecnoomics. The writings on the wall indicate the success of feminism.
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