Female Workers Earn Less than Men. Essay on Women Rights for Equal Working Conditions
Female workers, on average, earn around 80 cents for every dollar a man makes” (CNN). Since the beginning of time, women have always been oppressed by men, as all the powers and authority within the family remained entirely in the hands of the man. In our society now, women have the rights to become strong, independent women who hold patriarchal forces and are allowed to have man dominated jobs. Although female protection rights are being provided day by day the whole system is male dominated oriented. I intend to argue that women with rights still are being subjugated to men because of patriarchal oppression and a man’s world mentality.
In the story A Jury of her Peers by Susan Glaspell, the author writes from a woman's perspective and tries to persuade the audience of the misconduct of society towards women. She is trying to make the audience understand how during the 1900’s women did not have any rights and were subjugated by men. The men of the time believed that women were unable to do anything other than clean the house and take care of the kids. To put it in a better perspective the men believed that women were helpless individuals and couldn’t understand basic human logic that men could and plainly stated it by saying, “ what would women know about a clue if they did come upon it” (Glaspell 6). For that same reason, many authors of the 1900’s who were women tried to change society's perspective by writing about equality and the importance of why women should be allowed to vote.
An author like Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote a book called Yellow Wallpaper, which talked about a husband who dominated and kept his wife hidden away from the world and believed that because he was a doctor and had a medical degree that he had veto power over everything that she did. Because of this, the wife was unable to socialize with other people which eventually drove her insane but that goes beyond the scope of this essay. Women like Gilman and Glaspell were trying to raise awareness of women’s subjugation and wanted to change the way society, especially men, treated women. The 1900’s was a challenging time for women because it was looked down upon if women had opinions and stood up to men. All of this is to say that, when women were finally given rights and had the right to vote it was a glorious era for all women.
But even still to this day, even though women have rights and should be treated fairly, they are not. All across the world, women are being told to be happy that they don’t have it as a bad as other women and that they should be thankful their spouses don’t hurt them or kill them. Even though, woman are just as smart as men and can keep up with men in the workplace; women are treated unfairly and are considered less. The 1900’s might have been the time men openly treated women unfairly, but I believe that the oppression has never stopped and it has caused lots of problems and conflicts between men and woman. UNICEF says gender equality “means that women and men, and girls and boys, enjoy the same rights, resources, opportunities and protection. It does not require that girls and boys, or women and men, be the same, or that they be treated alike” but it does mean that both should be treated with respect and considered just as important as the other (Marshall 3).