Throughout time, history has shown us that women did not always have the same rights as men.
You can go even further back than the 1600s, and you will still see the unfairness. And this isn’t one of those things that happened a long time ago that no one pays attention to anymore. This is still happening to this day all across the world. But obviously nowadays we have it much easier than it was as recent as 50 years ago.
You still probably have not been convinced of the constant struggle. Well let me give you some perspective. It’s the early 1970s, and you’re a women athlete living in Massachusetts looking to run the Boston Marathon. Well you could not. Well I don’t know what you’re thinking right now, but I know I feel outraged. What were they thinking!? That women are not capable of running a 26.2 miles race! Fast forward to 1972 when they finally some sense had kicked into their minds, and they finally let women run. But that’s only a marathon. Only 50 years ago women could also not own a credit card, not fight in combat, not practice law (which is currently my dream job) or serve on a jury. That’s just to name a few. Luckily some sense came to the people and so now we can do all of these things.
But I’ve only told one side of the story. The women that realized that this was terribly wrong immediately took a stand. There’s probably some female in your family that has voted for some type of political leader before. Well if Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B Anthony had never taken a stand, we would probably still be in the dark ages of when women could not vote. These great women are still role models to a lot of people (including me) and were a part of the suffrage in the mid 19th century to fight for their rights.
Women still speak out if they are treated unfairly: they have lots of marches where they peacefully protest. The most recent was the women’s march that happened in early January of 2017, where women were protesting for many different things such as LGBTQ rights, immigration reform and other causes. But still women are fighting for their rights. As recently as September 2017, women in Saudi Arabia were not allowed to drive motor vehicles. So this just shows how much more society needs to work on.
But to look on the bright side of things, women have come a very long way and are doing better than ever. If you’re a girl at home reading this believe in your dreams. Don’t listen to what they say, and there is no limit.