The Rise of Women’s Rights Activists
In 1961, Esther Peterson, the Director of the Dept. of Labor’s Women’s Bureau, believed that the government should become active in fighting the injustices facing women. In 1963, she chaired the Commission on the Status of Women, which issued a report highlighting discrimination against women in nearly every area of life. States and local governments quickly created women commissions, which research conditions and make recommendations for change. In the 1970s, women’s rights activists began to see real change and equality on many fronts.
In the same poll, Americans indicated that equal rights for women are important. About nine in 10 say it’s very important to have equal rights with men, while 18% said it’s somewhat important. Among Republicans and Democrats, women’s rights continue to receive a higher priority than those of men. In fact, nearly nine in ten Democrats and Democratic leaners are now stating that equal rights are extremely important. As with equal pay and opportunity, however, women’s equality issues need more attention than ever before.
In order to promote women’s equality, a woman’s rights must be enshrined in laws and treat them as human rights. Women’s rights cover every aspect of a woman’s life, including health, education, political participation, economic well-being, and freedom from violence. In addition to laws that restrict what a woman can do in her home and on the job, the right to vote is another crucial right for women.
Saudi Arabia has recently allowed women to drive for the first time. Women had been banned from driving for decades. Despite this, the authorities continue to harass women rights activists and detain them in prison. It’s clear that women’s rights can only be realized when patriarchal power structures are dismantled. By empowering women to participate in their communities, we can promote equality for all, from the economy to education. In fact, the advancement of women’s rights is the foundation of sustainable development.
A woman’s rights activism can be traced to the founding of the United States. The Equal Rights Amendment is widely supported by most of the American public, but many politicians deemed it controversial in its early days. The rights of women, such as college education, working outside the home, voting, and sports participation, were all controversial when they were first asserted. Today, these rights are almost universally recognized. This campaign is a testament to the importance of women’s rights.
The feminist movement is responsible for some of the significant changes in our society. While the United States still has a long way to go to achieving gender equality, nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults believe that the Democratic Party is more progressive than the Republican Party. Only 37 percent of Republican voters said the same thing. Nonetheless, the women’s rights movement has achieved great progress and is a powerful force in today’s society.
The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals have real promise for women’s rights. They include targets to end gender-based violence, end child marriage, and ensure access to reproductive health and education. Achieving these goals will require involvement of women and their communities, as well as funding grass-roots women’s groups. There are countless efforts underway to make these goals a reality, and the world is no exception. With the help of UN Women, we can finally reach our goal of equality for all.