A View of Female Oppression
Ask yourself this question? From the dawn of man until the present day which human beings were, and are still oppressed? If the answer doesn't hit you right away chances are you're a male or you're misinformed. The answer is : Women.
"Yeah right, I'm not oppressed." This what many of my fellow female compatriots are saying to themselves after reading the earlier statement. Why? Oh, that's right because we can vote, hold the same work positions as men, and use birth control. What a huge step for women-kind from the Dark Ages.
And yet our political views are reduced to birth control and making it home in time to cook dinner. We can hold the same jobs as males but still make 23% less, and birth control might be outlawed in a few years, and if that does't make for the beginnings of oppression what does?
"But it's 2013", says the modern woman,"Things will change", goes the feminine optimist, or the ever-present "We'll make them recognize us" huffs the feminist. Okay, these are all valid opinions but most of those opinions come without understanding of the history that is the up-hill battle of women fighting oppression.
Let us begin with Women's Suffrage. It is widely believed that the first whispers of suffrage began in 1792 with the publication of Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Women, and from the whispers rose small organizations in New Zealand and Australia during the 1800s. What may not be widely know is that American women did not even begin to whisper about suffrage until 70 years later; organizations were not formed until 20 years after.
We will now proceed to WWI where many women found themselves in stronger roles within the family unit. As men went off to war the nation had to continue to produce and so labor was pulled from a basically untapped source; women. Little did the male nation know that giving the role of breadwinner (woefully under paid though it was) to the homemaker put the steel in the tree that would always bend.
And it would bend no more. But it would take 30 years from the construction of groups like NAWSA (National America Woman Suffrage Association) until the 19th Amendment was signed in 1920 giving women the right to vote.
The right to vote may actually have been the shortest and most fruitful struggle that women have been through. I say this because these women actually earned the right to vote for themselves and future generations, but the buck stops there.
This brings me back to the issue of wages. Women began to work during the first World War and continued to seek employment there after, but in the still male driven society they were paid what amounted to spare change because they were women.
If you still think that you, as a woman, is not oppressed then think about this. If women started to actively work in 1920 and are still working today in 2013 then that's 93 years of women in the workforce, and we are still making less than men. Still think living in the present changes anything? Still think things will change in time? Still think you can make things change? The present means nothing. We are still living in a male driven society that still puts women in the role of "little woman". How long do we as modern women have to wait, another 93 years where in that time we inched from 50% of what men make up 20%. So we not make 70% of what men make, today, but it's okay because another 93 years will se us maybe bumping up another 20% and won't women be so happy then.
Wait, don't forget all our women warriors who are out there shoving equality in the faces of Man Made America. The fair pay act, or more widely know as Lily Ledbetter, started 10 years ago and brought before congress 4 years ago, so here we are 14 years later and it's still sitting collecting dust.
Why? Because we are OPPRESSED!!! The worst part about this is that many women do not believe that they are oppressed because they were thrown a few bones. With my words and my views on our New Age Oppression I don't want to incite I merely want to start the wheels to turning, begin discussion, or simply further self-education. My own eyes were opened to oppression during the 2012 Presidential Election when many comments made by both sides made me feel like a second-class citizen. I no longer want women, like myself, and others to keep staring at the same cage walls, but to knock down those walls and educate themselves about the world around them; it really does start with one voice.
My voice will continue to inform about instances of oppression and derogatory ideals.