Why I’m a Feminist (just a few of the reasons)

My heart breaks any time women (or men) are treated unequally simply based on gender.  It’s not right…never has been, and never will be.

Of course, our society has transformed leaps and bounds from where we once were.  But, just because we’ve improved doesn’t mean we are there yet.

People frustrate me when they make comments (about our country specifically) having overcome the gender gap.  Yes, we seem to have moved past the 1950s, and more women than ever are working outside of the home pursuing their career goals, and gaining respect when they choose to stay at home and raise their babies.  It’s incredible to see!   Again, we’ve improved immensely.

But, we aren’t there yet.

Here’s why:

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A report out Tuesday from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows women in Oklahoma earned 83 percent of their male counterparts during 2012.” kgou.org

Women make only 83% of the salary working the same jobs as men.  Why?  Just because they are women.

I do have to say congrats to my home state, Oklahoma, for “2012 marking the second-highest earnings ratio for Oklahoma on record.”

We are getting there.  But 83% is not quite 100%.  A “just because they are women” is a lame excuse.

Not only are we disadvantaged in the workforce, the media is out to get us as well.

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Just because we are women, our bodies are used to sell.  Television, advertisements, radio, music videos…all abuse our image, turning us into objects.  Women are portrayed as weak, vulnerable pieces of meat.

It’s disgusting.  Because we are so much more than physical bodies.

And though rights of women in the United States may be on the up and up, this isn’t just about US.  We forget about the girls in other countries who are still treated as property.

“NPR’s Jennifer Ludden recently traveled to the African nation of Malawi, one of many countries in the developing world where child marriage remains prevalent. She found girls like Christina Asima, who was married at 12 and became a mother at 13. She is now divorced and caring for her infant son on her own.” npr.com

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Ludden found that One in 3 girls in the developing world is married by age 18; 1 in 9 by the time she’s 15.  These girls are “almost always forced into the arrangement by their parents. The countries with the highest rates of child marriage are in sub-Saharan Africa, but those with the largest number of child brides are in South Asia.”

When I was 12, I still played with Barbies, thought boys were gross and never thought I’d get married.  It never crossed my mind that young ladies my age were being forced into marriages and already having babies.

We STILL have work to do.  Women around the world, in my country, and even in my home state need to be represented.  Just because I’m a woman isn’t good enough.  That’s why I’m a feminist.

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