CHEAP SEATS: Women’s day moving women’s movement forward
Possibly the most surprising thing about International Women’s Day this year is the fact that activities and interest seem to be increasing rather than going that other way.
That’s interesting, because for those of us of a certain generation it seemed for a long time that the women’s movement as it was once called seemed to be waning in intensity rather than going the other way.
That was likely in part to the many successes, or at least apparent successes, the movement had achieved. It left many of us believing the war had been won, and it was simply a matter of time before true equality was achieved.
Except, despite some progress, it never happened.
Women still make less than men. They still occupy fewer positions of authority and power and influence.
And it’s still news when the prime minister says 50 per cent of his cabinet will be women. Maybe because it’s still reality that a man who admits to sexually molesting women can still become president.
And maybe that is why the women’s movement has regained its spark this year, because the U.S. election vividly and dramatically showed us how far too many people are from not just treating women equally, but even understanding what it means to do so and why it is important.
It is unfortunate that this is the reality we live with today. The fact so many are willing to stand up and speak out about it, though, should give us all a great deal of hope that it will change.
I’m Bill Glisky and that’s the way I see things From the Cheap Seats
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