Women worldwide walked off the job Wednesday to protest and demand equality for a "Day Without a Woman." This video focused on the inequality women face in the workplace. According to the video, "women make about 79 cents for every dollar made by men." Lots of women on this day simply did not go into work, trying to prove their importance and impact they have on our world. Although it is evident that women have come a long way in gaining equality, events like these show that there is discrimination to our gender. Another fact the video provided to get a better perspective on the issue is that 76% of teachers are women and even though more women graduate college than men, only 4% of CEO's of Fortune 500 companies are women. It is clear that the fight for equality is not going to stop until the reason they are fighting for is achieved.
This video goes into the role and treatment women faced during and around the Enlightenment period. The Enlightenment was "the period in the history of western thought and culture, stretching roughly from the mid-decades of the seventeenth century through the eighteenth century, characterized by dramatic revolutions in science, philosophy, society and politics" (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy). It addressed how big social changes can take a great deal of time and a big attitude shift. Like the process it took for women to finally be able to drive in conservative and 3rd world countries. Social changes for women in history did not just happen over night, it took a great deal of dedication to have the rights we have today. Before the Enlightenment Era, women mostly were kept in the "domestic sphere", doing household duties and living under the command of their husband. During the Enlightenment, certain ideas started to arise to suggest better freedoms for women. For example, classical liberalism "claimed that each individual possesses fundamental rights and freedoms that cannot be infringed by the government or any organization. If each individual, according to these theorists, possessed certain, inalienable rights regardless of class, creed, or color, it was only a small logical step to include women in this group as well." Yet at the same these ideas were coming into light, there were still those who opposed the equality of women. Also during this time, salons started forming where women would meet under the house of another discuss their ideas and opinions on things they wouldn't normally be able to talk about. Atlhough it was a slow process, the idea of women being equal started to develop even more during this era and it allowed for inspirations for years to come.
This video, starting in 1888 with the London Match Girls' Strike, addresses important events from all around the world that got women a little closer to freedom and equality. Through this video, it is easy to see little changes that all built up and lead to a big social change over time. In the early 1900's, the fight for equal voting rights began to arise; leading to the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote. In 1929, women participated in their first general election. The Qualification of Women Act was passed in 1907, allowing women to take counsel positions. The Equal Civil Service pay reform of 1956 helped to get women a step closer to the pay they deserve. And, in 1974, the National Women's Aid Federation was established. All of these accomplishes were made possible by the perseverance and determination women had to gain their equality. Their fight allows future generations to live in harmony with men, yet the fight still continues in other places, meaning there still is a lot to accomplish.