Women have made great strides in fighting for gender equality, but what are the next steps women can take to continue the fight today? In honor of Woman’s History Month, last week we asked students in our #DoNowWomen post, How can women continue to make progress in the fight for gender equality? What issues do you see as obstacles to gender equality? What woman in history do you admire the most? Why? Tweet an image of woman you most admire.
Thanks to the brave women before them, women today can vote, be the secretary of state, and even the president of America, among other economic, political and social opportunities that were not available to them in the past. However, regardless of this progress, it is still a fact that women, on average, make less than men at work, only 20 percent of the U.S. Senate and 18 percent of the House of Representatives, and only 4.6 percent of Fortune 500 companies have female CEOs.
Throughout the week, students discussed different obstacles women face, ways to overcome them, and even posted pictures of women in their families or the media that they respect the most. The majority of students argued that it is the way women are perceived by men, the media and even women themselves that stands in the way of being treated equally.
There are Many Obstacles
Many students pointed to the issues that stand in the way for women to achieve gender equality.
— Lauryn DeMelo (@demelo_13) February 25, 2014
— John Smith (@BarannCCW) February 27, 2014
— Amanda Levin (@AHA_Lev) February 27, 2014
Women Can Continue to Fight
Other students pointed to possible ways women can fight continue to fight for equality.
— Henry Ortiz (@smghenry) March 3, 2014
— Rida Khan (@RidRidK) February 24, 2014
To achieve gender equality there must be more women leaders in the government & private institutions so that they have more influence#3JAPES
— Allie A (@AllieA15) February 27, 2014
Others Besides Women Join the Fight
Some students discussed how women are not the only ones who can help the cause.
— andrew heugly (@andrewheugly) February 26, 2014
— isabel bartholomeow (@izze_bel) February 25, 2014
— olivia jacobs (@livvjacobs) February 25, 2014
The Woman I Admire
Many students posted pictures of inspirational women in various fields like…
— hernandezv (@hernandez199458) February 25, 2014
— K Sanchez (@ksxnchez) February 26, 2014
— Mary (@Maryyy2016) February 26, 2014
— Christine Prichard (@drewisminesorry) February 24, 2014
— Kaela C. (@kaelastweets) February 26, 2014
— Zijian Chen (@ZijianChen1) February 26, 2014
— Joseph Law (@HooplahDestiny) February 26, 2014
— Noesha (@AHA_BIGDADDYno) February 26, 2014
Outside of America
— MahmoodRahimoon (@MahmoodRahimoon) February 23, 2014
— NakanaWhaley (@Fashionbee499) February 26, 2014
— Alyssa Chin (@alyssanchin) February 27, 2014
One student, Rachrel Printz, created a Zeega about Barbara Walters in response to the #DoNowWomen post:
— Rachael Printz (@rachaelprintz) February 28, 2014