Women 's Rights And Equal Opportunities Essay

1040 Words Apr 12th, 2016 5 Pages
In America, men and women appear to be equals, by having equal rights and equal opportunities. However, that is only how it appears to be. In reality, society has issued roles for each gender to feel obligated to strive towards or away from. It is difficult to be a woman in society, culture and religious beliefs have greatly influenced the roles that are expected from women by passing down the stereotypes and discrimination from generation to generation.
Why does society insist that women are inferior to men? Let us begin with the Holy Bible, the most influential book in the world. According to Genesis 2:18, “Then the Lord God said, 'It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him. '” This implies that women were only created to meet the needs of man. Then again in 1 Timothy 2:12, the bible further exemplified women to be less than equal to men with the scripture, “I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.” In other words, men and women are not equal, to be exact, men are superior to women because they have more authority over them. Imagine how many people have read the bible and have been influenced to look down upon women in the same light. Religion is not only a cultural belief, but it is a way of life. Many people turn to the bible in search of guidance and direction, think of how many women are being misguided to believe they are not as important or will never be as valuable…

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