A short piece by junior & aspiring squirrel: Holly
Before I started working at Squirrel Sisters I studied philosophy at uni, which I absolutely loved & found incredibly interesting! My dissertation, and the area that I found most compelling was sex & gender; specifically, how society has constructed such a rigid male/ female binary – and further, how males have been constructed as both dominant and superior.
As today is International Women’s Day I thought I would write a very brief piece on gender inequality, both to highlight how far we have come in ending it & to raise awareness of what we can do to put an end to it for good! I hope you enjoy it….
An amazing part of being human is that we are all different, something which we should appreciate and celebrate. That said, being different has not always been a good thing, and unfortunately more often then not, being different has often meant not being equal, and this has and continues to be one of the largest causes of contention in the world.
One of the many examples of this is the differences between men and women; instead of celebrating such differences within the realms of equality, they have been manipulated and distorted, creating a harsh reality where men are seen to be superior to women. Throughout history this has been reflected through women’s rights (or lack thereof), their treatment in the work place, and through the domestic and social expectations enforced on them. Women have been objectified, belittled and subordinated.
Here at Squirrel Sisters we think it is important, especially today to celebrate how far society has come in putting an end to this…
In 1918 women over the age of 30 got the right to vote
In 1928 women over the age of 21 got the right to vote (equal to a males voting right)
In 1970 The Equal Pay Act was introduced, making it illegal to pay women less then men for the same work.
In 1975 The Sex Discrimination Act was introduced, making it illegal to discriminate against women in work and education.
That being said, gender inequality is still very much an issue; according to the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report, gender equality is still over 200 years away. Action is therefore key, which is why the campaign theme for this years International Women’s Day is #PressforProgress.
Here at Squirrel Sisters we want to be part of the push to end gender inequality for good, so please please check out the link below to find out more about what you can do to help end gender inequality for good, and #PressforProgress!!
Ps. I am starting a blog (“And another thing”), which will focus on all things gender, and more generally life related…so keep your eyes and ears pealed if you think it might of be of interest to you!