History has been marked by amazing and outstanding women who have ventured and taken the risk of going against the norm; women such as Joan of Arc, Cleopatra, Ann Frank, Indira Gandhi, or Margret Fuller. However, in many cultures, women have been oppressed for many centuries and little by little we have seen women all over the world take a stand for what they believe in and become the change they wish to see in the world. Even today, in some countries, like my own, women do not have the same opportunities as men might have.
In the United States women were granted the right to vote in 1920, Mexican women were granted the right to vote in the year 1953. Slowly but steadily women in most parts of have become important participants of today’s political affairs. Nevertheless there are still some residues in our global culture from the times when women were oppressed. In Mexico, some of the biggest issues women face today are safety and the lack of opportunities. Women in cities like Ciudad Juarez, Coahuila fear for their safety because since 1993 there have been at least 700 “feminicidios” (woman killings) in this small city with a population of only around 1,300,000 people. Mexican girls today worry weather they will get the opportunity to develop themselves intellectually, for the biggest part of the Mexican population, education is a luxury they can not afford and in most cases the ones who have to stay at home are the girls thanks to the ancient “macho-ist” way of thought of many Mexican. Mexican society is still very macho oriented which does not allow for women to have the same opportunities as men. In some instances companies prefer not to hire women because of the common thought that women are more prone to have absences due to children or other responsibilities. Slowly this way of thought has begun to change, at least in Mexico’s biggest cities like Mexico City, Guadalajara or Monterrey, however I believe that studding women as agents of change we can help propel this advancement in our own societies for I am aware this is not a problem which only Mexico faces.
In most Latin American countries the story of women is similar to the one of Mexican women. Latin American women are moving forward in their continuous fight for gender empowerment, but it is countries like the United States or France that seem to be more advanced in this particular area. Nonetheless there are certain countries like Saudi Arabia were women are not allowed to drive or Lebanon were women can only vote if they can prove they have finished elementary school (men do not have this requirement) (Tovrov, 2011).
Learning from the example of today’s women leaders can inspire young women to continue to fight for the respect women deserve. It is by making the stories of strong women known to the world that the value of women in today’s world will continue to grow. All the skills and virtues we have will be evident to the world and will allow us to gain the respect we deserve. Mothers are the backbone of most families, which is why, if we empower them it is most likely that the life quality of most families will be enriched.
Tovrov, D. (2011, September 26). Saudi women vote; which countries still don’t allow women’s suffrage?. International business times, Retrieved from http://www.ibtimes.com/saudi-women-vote-which-countries-still-dont-allow-womens-suffrage-318260