This video exemplifies that despite the fact some women currently have a higher education and have contributed to important issues, stereotypes will always conquer. In my book, the main character was deprived of her right to education as well as her right to vote (suffrage). The main reasons why women were deprived their rights to an education and right to vote is because they are supposed to be at home cooking, cleaning, and caring for the children. They don't have the knowledge to have a say in who operates the government, yet they are being deprived of their right to even be educated. The women in this video are highly educated but were still seen as "having it easy" when in reality, women have it anything but easy. In the video, one scientist said that a male student told her she would automatically pass the exam because she was "pretty cute." In addition, these women were constantly reminded that their job in society was to "make babies" when they could impact the world as much as men, or even more.
This video demonstrates how women are still perceived in England, which is also the setting of my book. Therefore it perfectly correlates with my topic and book. The women in my book typically worked as caregivers and maids but most were unemployed. Most of the women in my book stayed at home preparing for balls and fancy parties. The men in my book had higher paying jobs such as police constables and advanced teachers while most were educated. Unfortunately, most of the women were not. My book took place in the early 1900s while this video was created in 2013. This demonstrates that children in our generation still have this narrow vision about gender stereotypes. In this video, children are drawing what they think the person with a specific occupation looks like. A vast majority of the drawings were of men, and it is sad to see the small amount of drawings there were of women. It has come to the point where our children are fully aware of gender stereotypes during elementary school. What about the little girls in this class? The girls never expected a woman firefighter or a fighter pilot to come into their classroom. Our society has corrupted young girls' minds to the point where they think they cannot have jobs that could seriously impact and save the world.
In this video, we see how women are perceived in different parts of the world. It is the best video for this project because it directly answers the question this project revolves around: "How has the global issue evolved over time?" Also, it serves as a good introduction for this global issue. We are introduced to different countries' statuses on the subject of "women's rights." Countries, such as Cambodia, have done a significant amount of work towards the equality of women and men socially. However, there are still countries in the world that still need a remarkable amount of work to even come close to guaranteeing women's rights such as the Dominican Republic. In the video, you saw a 20 year old teacher and a 12 year old student both from the Dominican Republic. According to them, "Women do not get many privileges. Girls do the cleaning and cooking while the boys go to work and study." This leads into men having higher paying jobs. This is a main reason why men are "superior" over women; education. The higher the education, the higher chance of you receiving a high paying job. In countries such as the Dominican Republic, women are basically deprived of their education, thus the gender inequality gap increases.