The Importance Of Gender Equality In America

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Imagine you 're a 45 year old woman participating in a protest in Washington DC. The year is 1900, and you 're holding a sign that reads "Voting rights for women". As people pass you on the street, you hear them whisper. "Ugly suffragist." they say, "Bet no man has ever loved her." You stand there, with a blank look on your face. You think to yourself about how you doing this, you taking a stand for women, will mean women in the future will be treated better, respected, and stand equal with men. You smile and continue to stand tall and proud. Never would you think that even over one hundred years later, that some people would still look down upon those who fight for gender equality.
It’s no question that a lot has changed in America over the
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Feminism is defined as the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes (“feminism”). Luckily today, women have many of the same rights and freedoms as men. Despite all the progress our country made, there is still a lot to be done in regard to personal freedoms. America has evolved to be more accepting in many different aspects whether it have to do with race, gender, or sexuality. Even though racism and homophobia is still alive and well today, it certainly has gotten better since the …show more content…
Intersectionality is defined as “The interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage (“intersectionality”). Basically, feminist issues have spread to take into consideration other privileges or disadvantages someone has. Journalist Ava Vidal explains, “When voices within a movement are marginalised to the point where they don’t even think that it is for them, the only result of this is that the movement is weakened becoming less effective” (Vidal). That is to say, if only one small fraction of people is representing a large group, it can lead to other’s problems being ignored and erased. This in turn, leads to people abandoning a cause because it does not give them the change they were looking for.
Today, modern feminists fight for equality more in the social aspect such as destroying gender roles and expectations for both men and women. For instance, a woman should not be discouraged in pursuing a “masculine” career, and a man should not be discouraged to pursue a “feminine” career. While suffrage was more focused on women’s rights, modern feminism has turned more into fighting to make sure both genders are relieved of unfair stereotypes and assumptions. Therefore in theory, it should be more welcome in

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