Women’s Rights Around the World

Women's Rights Worldwide

Women’s rights, as understood by American women, are often limited to what impacts us immediately. At times, we have a narrowed point of view that unintentionally excludes the experiences of women in other parts of the world. In truth, women’s rights are a global  fight, impacting women of various ethnic groups, religions and economic standings.

As a woman traveling around the world, it may only then become clear how different the status of women is from region to region.… [Read more]

Equal Pay: Women Still Lag Behind Men, Young Women Closing Gap

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It’s depressing to read that in 2013, women continue to be paid less for men for the same work. Weekly paychecks for full-time female workers are 82.4 percent of men’s earnings, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Pay inequality is lessening at the younger end of the age spectrum, thanks to the increased efforts of high-achieving women in high school and college.… [Read more]

The Big Benefits of Social Media For Women

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While women have made huge strides in gender equality and perceptions, some stereotypes have  come back to haunt us again in revised forms. According to one especially reductive “Mars and Venus” formula, men use Facebook and LinkedIn to increase serious opportunities, as well as for purely social functions, while for women such media are just a way to share cheesecake recipes and coo over baby pictures.… [Read more]

An Uncomfortable Occasion For Glendale, California

Because they had a choice?

In a park in Glendale, CA, a new memorial statue was unveiled this week. The park is in a largely Asian and Asian-American neighborhood and will feature the image of a young Korean girl dressed in traditional clothing. The problem? This girl is a “comfort woman.”

Because they had a choice?

The issue of comfort women (as they are commonly referred to by historians) dates back to pre-WWII times and is still hotly contested today, more vocally than at any other time previously.… [Read more]

Fool on the Hill

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“Fool on the Hill” is this week’s “Say It In Song” pick. Given the news coming out of Capitol Hill this week — ranging from the fight to take food from the mouths of babes in terms of reduced SNAP (food stamp) subsidies, all the way to the battles to bring women’s rights back to the pre-choice 1950s — it appears that many in this nation have cast votes for leaders who are our own personal fools.… [Read more]

Heal the World

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This week’s “Say It In Song” pick is one that seems appropriate for Women’s History Month. Women are often the world’s nurturers and healers despite the fact that, globally, life isn’t easy for many women:

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.[Read more]

‘Special Powers’ Allows for Trampling on Women’s and Civil Rights

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Before the sequestered budget cuts redirected attention to our elected officials’ inability to work towards a goal beneficial to most Americans, the news cycle contained stories about other items of importance, such as foreign policy and even issues such as the right to privacy. Many of these issues have something in common: the potential for governmental overreach of its authority.… [Read more]

Women: the GOP don’t consider you one of them. Part II

GOP: The party of NO respect for women

Despite the recent ‘let’s extend recess’ action of Congress (do your job, Eric Cantor!) there’s work to be done. The prior post in this series discussed why middle class voters should not consider voting for the Republican party; this post will focus on what is referred to as ‘women’s issues’ even though these issues also impact men.… [Read more]

Swara Case in Swat Puts Girl’s Life at Stake

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The tribal system of justice is a continued agent of injustice and human rights violation in many parts of Pakistan. In some parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, there is still this senseless tradition of swara, i.e. settling a dispute by giving a girl or woman from one’s family in marriage to the other party as a form of compensation for some wrong or offense.… [Read more]

Female Rights Across the Globe – Part 3

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Today, in the third and final segment of this series, we will explore the political side of female rights.

When people are questioned about the role of women in our world and in politics, a typical response such as this can be expected:

“Women have made a lot of progress in the world. Treatment of women, today, is far better than it was in earlier times, even as recent as a decade ago.… [Read more]

Female Rights Across the Globe – Part 2

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In this second installment of my female rights series social issues across the world will be discussed. There are a vast number of problems in our world that this series cannot even hope to encompass: perception of beauty, make-up, rape, media portrayal, and outdated gender roles – the list goes on and on.  But what I can hope to achieve is to point out that no matter where you go, women are thought of automatically as the weaker sex.… [Read more]

Female Rights Across the Globe – Part I

A Man's World

From the written laws of the land to their social consequences, much of the power and privilege across the globe is geared towards males. It has been this way since the beginning of civilization itself, existing in nearly every culture. Though it’s often said that things have changed in that the rights men and women enjoy in this, the 21st century, are no longer unequal, if we were to ask ourselves whether equal rights exist now, what would be the response?… [Read more]