Today, more and more women are making their voices heard on a wide range of socio-economic and political issues.
The recent march dubbed “Power to the Polls” by thousands of women across the U.S. is a case in point.
The march, viewed as female activism, commanded the attention of the press and social media as women seek to bring to the fore many of the issues that beset and bar their progress over the years.
Some of the top issues raised were:
Sexual misconduct and violence against women
Inequality in pay
Access to health care
The march was decorated with signs that included phrases such as “run like a girl,” “Empowered women empower women,” “drain the swamp vote 2018,” and “make America think again,” among others.
“Today we’re sending Trump another message, look out your window,” Toni Van Pelt, president of the National Organization for Women, told marchers in Washington. “See us, hear us, feel our power. You can’t stop us with your tweets, you can’t stop us with your bullying, and you can’t stop us with your hate speech.”
On the other hand, President Trump checked in on the act in his inimitable and provocative style by tweeting: “Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!”
The fact is today women are much more open about their sexuality, go out to work, are often the head of households, and break through the glass ceilings in new industries and professions. However, they are often viewed as subordinate rather than co-equal with men.
Consequently, they continue to be exploited, discriminated against, and suffer oppression in many ways. Moreover, women still struggle to gain recognition and acknowledgment for their work and contribution to society.
Therefore, no wonder millions of them showed up as protestors on the streets not only locally but also internationally in what is described as the #Me-Too movement.
The truth is unless women speak up and seek to play a meaningful role in politics – the hall of power, they will continue to play second fiddle.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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