Women have long been controlled by the male patriarchy and although we have come much closer to equality,  there are still many issues concerning women’s rights and empowerment. 

The women’s rights movement began in July of 1848 when a group of women gathered together for tea in upstate New York according to the National Women’s History Alliance. 

Among this group was Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who discussed her feelings of dissatisfaction in the way women were treated.

The others agreed that a change needed to be made. A convention was held to discuss women’s equality and a declaration of sentiments was written. 

These brave women sparked a change in the way women saw themselves, because of them the options of women are no longer limited to housewife and child-bearer. 

Powerful female visionaries are constantly making strides in the ways of women, securing jobs in a predominately male work environment and speaking up in the face of injustice. 

One of the most recent achievements in the women’s rights movement was Kamala Harris becoming the first female vice president of the United States, also being the first african-american and asian-american. 

This was a monumental moment regardless of political affiliation because Harris exemplifies how women are equally skilled, hard-working and worthy. 

Getting turned down from a job for being a woman would come as a shock to many, which is ironic considering that was the norm back then and still is in some countries. 

There are certainly things where men have a greater advantage than women and vice versa but when a woman is doing the same job as a man and getting paid less, it’s not right. 

There have been great strides to improve the laws regarding equal pay but there are still many needs to be met. 

The five worst countries for gender inequality are in the middle east, where women are not offered the same education or rights as men according to a report from “USA Today.”

Another issue regarding women's rights is something known as the pink tax, which is a gender biased tax that women pay for buying products and services.

Women pay an average of $1,300 more a year for products that are identical to that of a men’s product according to “HuffPost.”

This is absolutely ridiculous and incredibly discriminatory, which should not be tolerated in a country where equality and fairness is preached so heavily. 

Other issues come from the global sex trade where thousands of women are bought and sold into slavery. 

When men actually begin to believe that women are as valuable as they are, real change will occur. 

Women will continue to break down barriers and prove their excellence while going above the expectations of society and against the status quo. 

There have already been so many accomplishments made and with March being Women’s Empowerment Month, it is a perfect time to reflect on the importance of women and their contributions to society and the world.

 

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