Over the last 200 years, women have been treated as objects and accessories for men. Women have fought very hard for their rights and dignity. Many things like religion and society have taken away their freedom and prevented them from expressing themselves. Even though women have worked hard to improve their lives, there are still challenges such as gender discrimination and unfairness in salaries. “Yet, despite many successes in empowering women, numerous issues still exist in all areas of life, ranging from the cultural, political to the economic. For example, women often work more than men, yet are paid less; gender discrimination affects girls and women throughout their lifetime; and women and girls are often are the ones that suffer the most poverty.” (Shah, 2014, para 3)
Women have earned a better life by fighting for their freedom and more rights. Women now have the same rights as men, and they are no longer thought of as bring inferior to men. Women no longer have to stay home and take care of the children and do housework. They have the right to go out to work, just like men. “Many of us think of “traditional” gender roles as being like a 1950s sitcom: Dad puts on his suit and heads to the office, while Mom, in her pearls and crisp house dress, stays home and keeps house. But that scenario was just an aberration.” (Barksdale, 2014, para 1)
Although many countries have opened their eyes towards women rights and freedom, countries such as Iraq, Sudan and Afghanistan still treat women unfairly and refuse to give them their rights and freedom. In Iraq, women “fear risking kidnapping and rape by sending girls to school. Women who once went out to work stay home. Meanwhile, more than 1 million women have been displaced from their homes, and millions more are unable to earn enough to eat.” (Ward, 2014, para 13) Many women are fortunate to live in countries such as the USA and Canada where women are free to express themselves are roam with freedom.
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