THE LOWDOWN ON WOMEN’S RIGHTS. PLUS, 4 PERSONAL SHEROS YOU NEED TO KNOW RIGHT NOW
What better way to celebrate international women’s day than to get to the bottom of what we’re celebrating- our rights and the women whom we consider our modern day SHEros. Read on to find out our picks.
We’ve all heard it- women’s rights are human rights, we are all feminists, or we should all be feminists. Feminism and the fight for women’s rights have become popular in mainstream society with the incorporation of celebrities like Emma Watson in the fight for gender equality, or the widely-talked about #MeToo Movement that sparked so many emotions among women and men in the global scene, which has been covered by the media internationally.
But what are we really fighting for? When we talk about women’s rights, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? I guess for us, it would be women deserve equality in the workplace and everywhere else, just because we’re a force of working women and damn right, we deserve the same pay, recognition, and career opportunities as our male colleagues. That’s something that, we guess, every ambitious working woman is still fighting for all over the world up to this day.
People protest sexual assault and harassment at the #MeToo March in Hollywood on Nov. 12, 2017. Credits: Damian Dovarganes, AP.
The #MeToo Movement
In 2006, civil rights activist Tarana Burke has coined the slogan “Me Too” to help women who had survived sexual violence all over the world. 11 years after that, the beautiful and courageous Hollywood actress, Ashley Judd, has ignited a huge and heavy discussion about her accusation of sexual harassment to Hollywood executive, Harvey Weinstein. Just 10 days after that, another actress, Alyssa Milano gave rise again to the slogan “Me Too” with a tweet asking her followers to reply “me too” if they’ve been sexually harassed in any way. That single tweet has led to the now-collective #MeToo movement. Since then, a number of fearless women have come up and shared their story, bringing a heavier and a more serious attention to this then-neglected and frowned-upon topic. Women all over the world have let a sigh of relief with the conviction of media mogul Harvey Weinsten at his sexual assault trial last February 24, 2020, but the battle is still on.
On this international women’s day, we’d like to tackle some women’s rights- and not just give our opinion on what we think about them. We’d like our readers to have a good grasp of what the basic women’s rights are, at least. Are you ready? Here we go!
A banner displayed at Iran’s game against Morocco during the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Photograph: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images
Gender inequality doesn’t stop with the difference in pay, it goes on to matters like sports as well. Did you know that women in Iran aren’t allowed to watch live matches in stadiums, even though this is against FIFA’s rules? When the President of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, announced that Iranian women will be allowed to enter the stadium for the historic match between Iran and Cambodia, the Iranian authorities only allotted 3,000 slots for women out of the 85,000 total seats. This is just one of the gender equality issues we’re still fighting up to this day.
Women in Dublin celebrate the result of referendum on abortion law. Credits: Reuters.
Reproductive Rights and Abortion
How many times have we heard our co-females saying “It’s my body and I have the right to do what I want with it”, and how many times have we failed on getting exactly it? In certain countries, especially very poor ones, abortion is illegal and the authorities won’t allow a woman to undergo through this procedure even if she’s sick to the core. Due to this, countless women have died in complications or pregnancy-related illnesses.
The Real Life SHEros
In the fiction world, when there’s inequality, a hero will come to the rescue. In the real and modern world, that, of course, doesn’t exist. Thank goodness for “real-life heros” or should we say, SHEros? In this day and age, thanks to the genius named the internet, we’re able to get to know the people that influence the way the world reacts, thinks, and decides. Meet our personal SHEros.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, shown wearing one of her trademark collars in 2010. credits: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Serving Justice: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Who is she? She’s the second woman Supreme Court Justice, and has argued over 300 gender discrimination cases, which she has been fighting against since the 1970s. She has also co-founded the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project.
Why she rock? She has battled a lot of serious cases against gender discrimination such as equal protection for both men and women, and equal pay for equal work.
Megan Rapinoe, the best Player of 2019 | Getty Images
The World Champion: Megan Rapinoe
Who is she? She’s the captain of American professional women’s soccer team, Reign FC. She, together with her unstoppable team, has taken home the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in a match against the Netherlands last July 7, 2019. On top of it, she has been named as The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2019.
Why she rock? Megan isn’t just a multi-awarded athlete, she’s also an activist who fought for LGBTQ rights and equal pay. She encourages people to exercise their right to vote and to take interest in the field of politics. In the US, she has officially endorsed Massachusetts senator, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, for president.
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The Inspiration: Arianna Huffington
Who is she? She is the founder of American news and opinion website, The Huffington Post, founder and CEO of Thrive Global, a company that helps individuals who suffer from chronic stress and burnout.
Why she rock? In 2005, she built a household name for a go-to news site, that’s named after her as well. 3 years later, it was ranked as the most powerful blog in the world by The Observer. She has a powerful vision and a beautiful mind that writes compelling books that inspire people all over the world. After her company, The Huffington Post, got acquired by AOL, Arianna built a company that provides behavior change technology and media to support individuals struggling with all kinds of stress and burnout, a topic that most of us are familiar with.
U.S. Women's National Team players celebrate with the FIFA Women's World Cup Trophy following team's victory Sunday. Credits: Maja Hitij/Getty Images
The Winning Team: USA Soccer Team
Who are they? They’re a group of ultra-talented, goal-oriented, and the best of the best female athletes in America. They won the 2019 World Cup in France in a match against The Netherlands. Sounds familiar? Well it’s because their captain, Megan Rapinoe, is also one of our personal SHEros.
Why they rock? On top of winning the World Cup (we know, it’s a big, big deal and not everyone can do it), they rock because of their feisty, no holds barred attitude. They fight for what they deserve. Case in point? They sued their superiors for gender discrimination before they even went to France to take home the title. We can say they were playing for more than the trophy, they were playing for respect, recognition, and equality. They were also named TIME's Athlete of the Year for 2019.