After centuries of political action by feminists we are still in the dark ages of women’s rights. Progress for women has been unacceptably slow and women’s rights are still under assault in the 21st century. Although it may feel like the fight for women’s rights never ends, we cannot give up when we’ve made so much progress. Progressives need to spearhead serious legislative changes in order to achieve gender equality in America. This article covers the major threats to women’s rights that are angering feminists and gender equality activists.
Probably the most horrifying and backward form of gender discrimination in America is legislation restricting and regulating abortion. There has been a parabolic rise in the amount of legislation restricting abortions over the last five years, making it more difficult and stressful than ever for a woman to make this already difficult choice. It is absolutely abhorrent that in the 21st century a woman is unable to conduct a simple operation on her own body in order to absolve herself and family from overwhelming responsibility.
Discrimination in the Workplace
Despite centuries of feminist political action, women still earn far less than men in the workplace. This trend is so pervasive that it shows up in every industry across the board. It is a crime that pregnancy is still a barrier for entry into the workplace, when employers have record corporate profits with which to fund pregnancy leave and maternity leave. This shocking chart shows women’s earnings as a percentage of men’s earnings for all the major industries:
Discrimination in Education
Although gender equality has been achieved for a variety of majors at many colleges, there is still a glaring disparity in the number of women in the hard sciences such as mathematics, physics, engineering and computer science. This disparity is particularly true at the leading science and engineering colleges such as MIT, Harvard and Stanford. What good is gender equality in education if it only applies to softer majors such as the arts, humanities and social sciences? These majors have always been more welcoming to women. Now it’s time for the traditionally male dominated fields to start giving women a chance.
The feminists who dedicated their lives to the fight for gender equality must be rolling in their graves at the state of women’s rights in America today. We need to start accelerating women’s rights in the 21st century. It’s up to all of us to make sure that the talents and efforts of women are rewarded justly and that every American has the right to pursue success and happiness regardless of gender, race or cultural background.