First things first, let’s get the definition of a feminist out of the way with,
It is NOT putting men down or trying to take rights away from anyone else. It’s solely based on allowing women the same rights as men in all aspects of life, and if you believe in putting anyone else down while making this happen, you, my friend are not a feminist, you are just a jerk!
I truly believe that everyone should want women to have the same rights as men, and I know for a fact that there will be people reading this thinking “well, they already do, don’t they? what are they complaining about?” I’m not even just talking about first world countries, even though some things do need changing, I’m talking about in the less developed areas of the world, where women’s rights aren’t really even a thing. So, I’m going to give you some facts to ponder over…
- Around 1 in 10 (120 million) girls worldwide have experienced sexual violence at some point in their lives (UNICEF, 2014)
- Globally, women make up just 23.3% of parliamentarians (The Inter-Parliamentary Union, 2017)
- In 2013, the global employment-to-population ratio was 72% for men and 47% for women (International Labour Organization, 2014)
- In 10 countries, women are legally bound to obey their husbands. Only 76 countries have legislation that directly targets domestic violence; just 57 of them include sexual abuse.
- In North Carolina, men are legally allowed to finish sex even if women revokes consent.
Now, if these 5 facts don’t make you stop and think that there is actually a problem in this world, then I don’t know what will. I’m not here to try and say “yeah women shouldn’t wear a bra and #FREETHENIP”, obviously do what you want, I don’t wear a bra most days, but, there are more important issues going on around the world. We have a lot of first world problems in this country which still should definitely get sorted, like not getting paid the same as a male employee, who is doing the exact same job?!? How does that even make sense in the 21st century? We literally have a female Prime Minister (regardless if you like her or not) and we still don’t get equal pay. If we as one of the most influential countries in the world can’t set an example for the 3rd world countries, how are things ever going to change? I mean women in Nothern Ireland can’t even get an abortion in their own country, this is just ridiculous.
But, I’m going to leave this blog post on a high note, with some of the most influential women around the world of all time!
Best known for her work on radioactivity, the Polish-French physicist and chemist was the first person to receive two Nobel Prizes, the first female professor at the University of Paris and the first woman to be enshrined in Frances national mausoleum, the Paris Panthéon, on her own merits
As the 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan, Bhutto was the first woman to head a Muslim state. She ended military dictatorship in the country and was noted for her battle for women’s rights. She was sadly assassinated in a suicide attack in 2007.
A pioneer of civil rights in a racially segregated 1950’s Alabama, she famously refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott that crippled the state capital’s public transport system.
4.Aung Sang Suu Kyi
Burmese opposition politician Suu Kyi spent 15 years under house arrest at the hands of Burma’s military regime for her pro-democracy campaigning, only gaining release in 2010 following an international campaign to she her freed. In 1991, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, with the committee stating “Suu Kyi’s struggle is one of the most extraordinary examples of civil courage in Asia in recent decades.”
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was the first elected female head of state in Africa when she took office as the President of Liberia in 2006. She signed a freedom of information bill (the first of its kind in West Africa) and made the reduction of the national debt a cornerstone of her Presidency. To investigate crimes committed during Liberia’s civil war, she established a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and became a global icon with her commitment to fighting dictators, corruption and poverty through empowerment of women and girls. President Sirleaf and two other female leaders (Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman) were awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for their nonviolent role in promoting peace, democracy and gender equality.
I know there are some incredible women out there, and I would hate to see them put down and not fill their full potential because of the world we live in. Women in Africa, Asia and the Middle East can influence the world, I really think its time to let it happen!
If you have anything else to add to this blog post or have any other facts make sure to leave a comment down below, I wold love to read them.
Thanks for reading, Rachy