It started with a whisper.
by barok on September 16, 2014 - 5:20pm
All throughout history, men dominated its pages in both good and bad ways. There had been prominent female figures in the olden days that impacted the world but most of them really just took a step back and let the men do what they want to do. After France broke off from their monarchial society and brought forth a major change that will affect law-making as we know it, women also started coming out of their shells and demanded the recognition they deserve from the very beginning, to stand equal with men. Olympe de Gouges and her Declaration of Women’s Rights may have started it but it wasn’t until a hundred years after in the 19th century that women really bonded together and form legitimate organizations that has purpose and demands a voice in the society. The Temperance Movement campaigned against alcohol and consumption and the evils it brought their homes and how it disrupts the society in general. Another major leap for women’s rights activism is the Seneca Fall Convention in the summer of 1848.
We can hear you, but are we listening...
As the world made steps towards fairness and equality amongst races and gender, why does the feminist’s cries become louder and louder? It seems that we haven’t made progress since we first heard their cries. One step forward, two steps back. Today women are still fighting the same enemies from before; we just call it differently these days. They are still up against a deeply-rooted patriarchal society from the history books. But it all boils down to being treated fairly and as equals at work, in the streets, at home - everywhere. Maybe, just maybe, it is time to stop listening and start acting.