Its March, 2017 and a lot of things have changed throughout time and history, but especially that of women’s rights.
Today, women’s social standing and rights have progressed to the point where they can do and be anything they wish to be. There have been multiple marches, outreaches, and events to have women be more recognized, and these have worked. For example, the Women’s March in Los Angeles on January 22, 2017 started the year off with a bang. It was reported that “over 100,000 people were part of the demonstration. While organizers for the event said about 750,000 people attended the march.” The march was to show the world that women were a necessity to society, that their “…vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.” This is very true because the world needs women for many different reasons. Women provide diversity, equality, and biologically speaking without women reproduction would be impossible. A clearer example of gender inequality is that of employment; employment has and is also an issue because women still do get paid less than men; “…sex categorization becomes a habitual, automatic part of person perception.” The world is like a seesaw, there are men and women, and both are needed to function. There needs to be equality between men and women, so the world isn’t biased and function from one gender’s perspective.
The fact that so many people gathered together to voice out about the importance of the mere presence and impact that women have in the world show how women are a central need to society.
The picture above highlights one main issue of gender inequality, the imbalance. The unimportant value of the presence of women and power of men can also be conveyed in Shakespeare’s The Tempest and other versions of this play.
This is the opposite as conveyed in Shakespeare’s The Tempest play. In this play, the character Miranda is seen as an object that is controlled by her father, Prospero; she can’t freely express herself due to being under the constant “guidance” of Prospero. But in another version of The Tempest written by Suniti Namjoshi, Miranda is more outspoken, even conveying signs of jealousy, hate, and ambition that could not be found in the original play. This was because her father was not present in the story. The absence of Prospero in Namjoshi’s version proved the presence of gender inequality; Miranda was so much more expressive of her thoughts and let the reader into her mind. She was free from the constant, suffocating grasp of her father.
This text also highlights the importance of gender and gender equality. Because there was a dominant male figure in the original play, Miranda was oppressed and used as a mere object to do her father’s biddings. Because she was also a girl, she was not physically (and mentally) equivalent in power against her father. She was powerless to “fight” back, argue, or run away because Prospero was always hovering around her. Although they are in a father-and-daughter relationship, the audience could clearly sense gender inequality between them.
In one of my recent humanities core lectures, the lecturer had said that “women bring love” and I find this to be very true. Whether that be maternal, friendship, or familial love, women are a core necessity to the meaning of love and to society.