Women stood up for equality for the past hundreds of years. Their ‘movement’ dates back to the 19th century when a mistress’s efforts led to the abolition of couverture – a term described as “a legal doctrine whereby, upon marriage, a woman's legal rights and obligations were subsumed by those of her husband”.
We are now in 2016. Women equality is still a taboo subject. Women still don’t have equal rights.
In 1923 Alice Paul first introduced The Equal Rights Amendment. This states the following: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of gender”. The amendment points out that “all citizens deserve equal rights under the law regardless of gender”. These being stated, women’s equal rights should be guaranteed by constitution. Still, they aren’t.
The case of American women is a happy one. They have a lot of options and they are free. But what about the rest of the world? For instance, many women are mistreated if they dare to disagree with males or with authorities.
The problem is that The Constitution does not give women equal rights, explicitly. Only The Equal Rights Amendment does, but it never passed, it was never ratified.
Statistics claim that “white women make .78 cents compared to their white male counterparts”. A public figure, actress Patricia Arquette, stands up for this long debated cause. The elections are close. The subject must be raised and the voices of the women have to be heard. Women’s rights deserve to be respected and taken into consideration.
Kamala Lopez is working as the director of a documentary regarding the matter of women equality: “Equal Means Equal”. Patricia Arquette decided to support her in this movement and make the world aware of the fact that equality does not exist.
The persons we are talking about are mothers, daughters, sisters, friends. Do not let gender equality be just a dream. Make it real!
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