1. In 2015 Abigail Salico won her high school gender equality drawing competition. This picture really speaks to the message because it is portraying the idea that we are all human. Therefore we are equal. No matter out race, origin, sexual orientation or gender. The battle of certain groups of people believing they are superior and others inferior, has been going on forever. Men have always been viewed as better than woman. They are supposedly tougher, stronger and smarter. Society is judging things by groups of people. Men vs Women, Black vs White, Gay vs Straight, while we should all be judged as individuals. No woman is exactly the same to another and should not be treated as such. Having feminine qualities does not put woman at a disadvantage and making girls feel that way is a huge mistake. This drawing speaks to that message. This entire movement is in no way saying that woman are better then men and should be treated as such. Females all around the world are just fighting for equality. Equal pay, rights, education, expectations etc. Scout spends her life in To Kill a Mockingbird feeling conflicted about the type of woman, or even person she is. Older figures in her life are telling her to behave a certain way as well as her brother and kids her age. Listening to all these different perspectives does not giver her the time to think about the person she would like to be. Scout should not be seen as just a woman. He character is known for her compassion, bravery, curiosity and much more. These characteristics are much more important when judging someones character then their gender is and everyone should be seen as individuals the way that Scout is portrayed.
1. Just a girl, a song that came out in 1995, is sung by the band No Doubt, with lead singer Gwen Stefani. It portrays a message that has drastically impacted all females for decades. It is expressing the battle of gender inequality and the expectation of how women are supposed to behave. She is speaking out against the stereotypes of what girls like, wear or how they talk. One of the most impactful lyrics of the song is, "Oh, I'm just a girl, all pretty and petite. So don't let me have any rights." This is expressing how girls r seen as an inconvenience because men think we are "dainty and delicate". Our strength is underestimated and we are not seen as leaders of society. These preconceptions could not be more false. The quote "just a girl" is demeaning and girls are being forced to grow up where it's embarrassing to be their own gender. This is unacceptable. Women should grow up with confidence knowing they can make a difference in the world. 2. A young character named Scout is constantly being criticized in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. She grows up wearing overalls instead of dresses as a young girl. She prefers to play in the mud then go to a tea party. Her aunt and other refined adult women in Maycomb judge her decisions. They do not choose to see her as a "true lady" because of how she decides to behave. The stereotype that these older women have been living up to is being passed onto Scout, and she is refusing to behave that way. This makes her shameful in the female community.
1. Women have always struggled with getting the pay they truly deserve. For every dollar a man makes a woman makes 83 cents (working an equal amount of time doing the same work). It has been a cliche for a while that women are expected to stay home and "take care of the kids" as men go off and provide financially for the family. However progress has been made. In 1980, women made 64 cents for every dollar earned by men. A study said that "27 percent of women said they quit work altogether for their familial responsibilities." It is the social norm that the mothers must put their careers on the back burner in order to uphold the house, something men are not expected to do. The improvement on proper equality for women is progressing far to slowly. The article says, "If we continue at this rate, it could take over 100 years to reach gender pay parity." The pay gap is just one example of how society has made women feel inferior for decades. 2. As we progress in the story To Kill a Mockingbird gender inequality becomes more prominent. A 9 year old girl named Scout grows up being influenced by many different perspectives. Her aunt explains the importance of being a lady to her and knowing her place, while her brother teases her for doing so. Scouts father is a lawyer, a profession that no woman could have at the time. This injustice transfers onto Scout as she gets older and considers what her profession will be, and the type of woman she will become. It is hard for young girls to grow up and make a dent in the world when they know they will never be taken seriously the way men are.
1. Emma Watson is a famous British actress and activist, constantly fighting the battle of gender inequality. She spoke at a UN meeting launching HeforShe a project that focuses on achieving equality by encouraging men to be agents of change and take action against negative inequalities faced by the women in the world. She talked about the choices women should be allowed to make for our own bodies, what we believe in, and how we would like our future to be. Men and society have drawn a standard for how we are supposed to behave, look and think. Emma Watson says in her speech, "When at 15 my girlfriends started dropping out of their sports teams because they didn’t want to appear muscly.” Women who are feminists are naturally discouraged by those around them. Trying to break social norms does not come without consequence. Emma Watson states, But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word.... Apparently I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, anti-men and, unattractive." This is why the HeforShe campaign is so important, because it is convincing men to become aware and activists, fighting for what women truly deserve. 2. Gender inequality takes place in To Kill a Mockingbird in the perspective of Scout, the main character, as she grows up in a world of social pressure. Her brother uses her gender against her on many occasions stating she "acts to much like a girl" to participate in the activities he would like to do. He uses this phrase when Scout shows signs of compassion, regret or decency, what he sees as weakness. As scout grows up she is conflicted by how she is supposed to behave and is constantly under the impression that being a woman means being inferior, similar to what Emma said as she explained her experiences growing up female.