How beautiful would it be if we lived in a place where everyone called ‘Prejudice’ by its first name, tapped it on the shoulder, looked into its eyes, assertively, without shaking or pausing, and insisted, “You cannot live here anymore”.
Women’s opportunities in Britain are admittedly better than 100 years ago but still unnecessarily limited, and this is due not only to the arrogance amongst those who suggest they’re ‘superior’, but the ingrained manifestation of gender inequality.
Women deserve solidarity and the right to prosper with liberty, justice and happiness – but even now, as then, we are not able to speak our minds without some stigma.
Modern working environments are thought by some to be increasingly ‘un-prejudiced’ but are, as we have seen recently, still gender-biased: society is still left faced with the issue of unequal pay between men and women.
Worldwide, although Saudi Arabia have only just recently decreed that women are able to obtain their own driving licences, many places are left with young women bombarded with restrictions that leave them powerless.
Being thought less of and not able to be proud or allowed to share the spectrum of your abilities is a waste. Women need to stay united with strength, resilience and the chance to continuously navigate this world for further opportunities. And there is a shift, a global shift.
We are no longer tolerant of injustice or ignorance and we don’t want just empathy – we want to give this world the power to heal humanity of this equality drought. We will do it the right way, the smart way. So, stay vigilant and keep fighting for your rights. Our rights. Wave goodbye to Prejudice. How beautiful would that be?
As a young woman, we are constantly surrounded by others’ ideals of what a woman should be. Since the dawn of time we have been the ‘lesser’ people, perhaps even a different species.
From Eve, who supposedly doomed all of mankind, to Emily Dickinson, who, on this very day threw herself in front of the King’s horse, only to be remembered for forgetting to make her husband his sandwich before her act of martyrdom. Through the years, all the influential examples of women have confused and angered many, earning us the reputation of being a sort of enigma, a mythical creature who, if given a voice, speaks only in riddles full of double meaning.
The fact that all women are different has confused men for eons, especially those who tried to depict us through literature. From the Iliad to Twilight (written by a woman), women have been categorised, we are apparently too confusing to do any otherwise.
Although in the last one hundred years we have seen improvement, building a Utopia where the opportunity to succeed is not based on the appearance of woman, instead is based on talent, is a difficult thing to aim for. However it is possible, plausible even.
The ideal for me would be that people would show accurate depictions which would, in turn, bring about the revolution of gender equality that so many of us are seeking. Life opportunities have always been offered to males first: it is time for that to change. Ideally, I would like for all people to be considered for any opportunity based on skills and talents instead of gender and appearance.
So, whether you see yourself (or are seen) as a nagging shrew, a selfless martyr or even just as yourself, we all need to work together to fight for our rights to equal opportunity.
Many people believe that sexism in the West is a thing of history. Facts beg to differ. Although the majority of society at least put up a façade of equality, one only needs to look at recent headlines.
Clearly age-old misconceptions about gender persist. We have been living off the revolutionary changes that happened over 40 years ago such as the Sex Discrimination Act of 1975 and the Divorce reforms of 1969. Momentum had stopped and, despite the obvious improvements, there are still many modern issues faced by women in the workplace and domestically.
The deficit of women in the highest-paid positions shows how, although there has been movements towards promoting equal pay for equal work, there are simply fewer women in the ‘top’ jobs.
It’s not to say that there have not been advances in women’s prospects; STEM subject scholarships and wider awareness of feminism from the social media sphere like the ‘HeForShe’ movement counter centuries of imbalance. These campaigns spread awareness of the issues and the possible solutions, without which there would be no hope of gender parity in the future.
The ongoing debate about intersectionality within feminism is also evidence of a thriving conversation surrounding such issues, so let’s keep this tide moving. Let’s look forward.
Recent feminist movements, such as the ‘Time’s Up’ campaign and women’s marches, are so vital, just as they were a century ago: the quest for equality and the creation of fair opportunities for women, for all, is the thing for the future.
Thank you to Sehar Janjua, Esme Saya and Catrin Manktelow, from years 11, 12 and 13 at Nottingham Girls’ High School, for contributing to our education feature!