It’s amazing to think that just a few decades ago, our society was unwilling to allow women to enter many of the work professions outside of teaching, nursing and secretarial work. While those are all fine professions, the inability for women to seek an education or apply for a job in areas like the law and medicine made for massive inequities in society. Add to all of this the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace that has become more visible recently, and you have a view of our world as a less than welcoming place for women.
The Times They Are A Changin’
Today there is a lot of talk about people becoming more awake and aware of the need for more fairness and equity in our society for women and people from minority groups, but the fact is that women were clamoring for change years ago. The Suffragette movement of the early 1900s was a very visible movement in the push towards women having greater freedom and access to education and equal rights. Though women made a lot of progress back then, they also fell back largely into the role of domestic workers after the baby boom of the post-war era. Women pushed back again, though, through the women’s movement of the 1970s, and the changes wrought in that era proved to be more lasting.
Today, society is accepting of seeing women wearing female doctor scrubs and performing surgery. People now regularly consult with female lawyers and female business owners without batting an eye, and all of that means progress is being made.
Keeping Up The Fight For Change
Still, there are many areas of society that are still in need of change, as the #MeToo movement has clearly shown us all. The truth is that the fight for equal rights is one that can never really be won unless people continue to work together and fight for fairness for all.