I begin by advising you all to take a moment to watch Emma Watson’s remarkable speech on Feminism at the United Nations. I must say, the powerful young lady is fulfilling her newly proclaimed title as United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador with great professionalism and respect. With this, I begin by addressing the main fact here – gender inequality still exists and is incontestably around us. Despite all that civilization has over come in the past decades, the role of a women remains indisputable.
As a North American women aspiring to one day become NBA star, Ricky Rubio’s lawyer I hope to influence young girls to challenge themselves and strive to be whatever they desire. “I invite you to search your soul and ask yourself if you actually stand for what you say you stand for” (Mark Ruffalo).
I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself- although I am not in any sort of high position of power or authority (though in time I hope to be), as a female Political Science and Religious studies student I encourage women around the world to step up for what they believe to be right for them. However, this ongoing issue is not only about the ladies out there. Men – as Watson describes, play an immense role in defining the role of women.
The launch of Watson’s campaign, He For She, deliberately evokes that men and boys alike should stand up for their female counterparts. “When women are empowered, they immeasurably improve the lives of everyone around them – their families, their communities, and their countries. This is not just about women, we men need to recognize the part we play too. Real men treat women with dignity and give them the respect they deserve” (Prince Harry). Gender inequality is not a matter of contention that will resolve with only one party involved – the support of everybody (men, women, young boys and girls) is vital in putting the affair to an end.
Several famous figures like; Ryan Gosling, Leila Ahmad, Mark Ruffalo, Hilary Clinton [these are just namely four out of hundreds] and many more strive to preach feminism and achieve gender equality.
If you feel as though this reoccurring puzzle does not matter to you – think about your mother, wife, sister and/or daughter who may face the humiliation and affliction of inequality. Women of all ages should learn to love and self-accept themselves and this can only be done in an environment where the support is endlessly evolving.
The spread of gender equality should not stop until revolutionary causes have addressed misogyny (Ezra Miller). “I think misogyny is like a disease that needs to be cured. And if we could eradicate Polio, I don’t see why we can’t eradicate misogyny” (Alan Alda). I – and similarly many others, hope to one day see a male-dominated society as a thing of the past.
Ultimately, I want to end off with a quote by singer, John Legend; “All men should be feminists. If men care about women’s rights the world will be a better place. We are better off when women are empowered – it leads to a better society.” This goes to show that the support for gender equality is growing immensely and the contribution of all is necessary to fully annihilate the problem.
You don’t need to be a woman to be a feminist! Join the movement.
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