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Reality for Women?

April 9, 2011
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Since history, women play the adjunct or minority in political and business fields, even in family. That doesn’t necessarily cast a doubt on female’s ability, but cultural and social expectation on gender role itself. There are feminism going around the globe for a while, all on the same purpose, that is to fight for better and improved rights for women and all these are expected to be enforced by laws and social norm through political movements.

However, politics itself casts grizzled and ambivalent phenomenon that women’s appearance and activity are less than rare in the political field. According to the statistics, women held approximately one-forth of the elective offices in the United States. What does it tell us? Optimistically “one-forth is better than nothing” or “it’s just not enough”?

 

It’s just not enough..
These women who ran the office were merely some exceptional and rare cases of eminent individuals. But things could be totally different and worse than we can imagine if we are going to examine the picture as a whole. And this has much to do with the social norm. It is the social construction that shape people’s view on obligation and expectation of gender role, of women. And this social construction constructs the political and business leadership game. Finally, “competency” and “capability” are defined by specific conditions in different fields..in Mill’s word: restricting women.

Some says modernization and feminism has made some progress on women’s societal participation in business leadership and the political world. However,improvement doesn’t prove an unexistence of the problem mentioned above, the unequal and biased phenomenon is inexisted in human population by the X and Y chromosomes biologically, no matter how hard people try to overcome this difference.Men and women, are just different, and therefore assigned with different and unfair expectations, assumptions, responsibilities and importantly status in all fields.

 

3 Comments
  1. Stephan Sakhai permalink
    April 9, 2011 8:04 PM

    Im a little confused as to the actual point you are trying to make. Are you saying that it is unfair that woman are sometimes seen as inferior and dont get the same opportunities as men?
    Yes, men and women are biologically different, and that therefore puts men at a natural advantage over women in some things, while women have the advantage in others.

    In history, men evolved as the dominant one in a family, for example, because men are more physically built. Since man was subjected to providing food and shelter for their family, they fell into the more dominant role, and this merely had to do with mans biological strength and physique.

    Im not saying this is fair, but this is just what happened when the world was created. Now, obviously this isnt fair, and as time has gone by women have begun to attain the same opportunities (though not to say men and women are seen as equals just yet, though they should be).

    However, i believe time will continue to shrink the difference in opportunity and potential for men and women. Hopefully not a lot of time, but still, time.

  2. nehajain permalink
    April 10, 2011 1:46 PM

    I, like Stephan, don’t really understand the argument you’re trying to make in your post. From my understanding, you say that the fact that one-fourth of the elective office positions in the United States are held by women is not significant enough. I would have to disagree and say that this is a commendable figure. Although I’d agree that throughout history, women have been labeled as “minority figures”, I think that that characterization has changed drastically and should be recognized. Even though it is pretty obvious that women have become stronger and more influential in the world of politics, the facts can be seen on the Center for American Women and Politics website (www.cawp.rutgers.edu). Looking at this “Firsts” fact sheet (http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/fast_facts/resources/Firsts.php), we can clearly see that women worked exceptionally hard to obtain the rights we have today. Additionally, based on this chart (http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/fast_facts/levels_of_office/documents/stleg10.pdf), which indicates how female influence in state legislature has changed and increased since 1971, I’d say that though 1/4 may seem to be a small number, in the grand scheme of things, it’s a pretty significant improvement and accomplishment.
    I understand that what you mean when you say that it is the “social norm” for women to be a “minority”, perhaps physically and/or influentially, and it is unfair that we are placed under this stereotype, but I think we should appreciate and commend the women who are taking on these roles of leadership and power and look up to them. I don’t think they should be considered “rare cases”; rather, I think they should be figures girls of our generation look up to and aspire to be like.

  3. rlwulf permalink
    April 11, 2011 12:37 PM

    It’s definitely true that women are still universally viewed as inferior to men, both physically and intellectually. This, however, does not necessary mean that the insubordination women are seen with today is in anyway equivalent to the level of inferiority that they were seen to have throughout history. In fact, I believe that the male prominence that was introduced at the beginning of time was beneficial to originally developing a successful society. In a simpler time when intellectual strengths were heavily shadowed by the law of the strongest, I think it was important for women to have been put in a position where they could play the “gatherer” role to enhance the idea of family and ultimately create a society in which civilization can prevail.
    Speaking as a woman, I personally don’t find significant harm in the role of women in today’s society. Instead, I think we should be proud of all that we have accomplished in coming as far as we have. Looking back even 20 years ago, it would have been unheard of to have a woman run for President of the United States. Looking at the past election, however, demonstrated that it is now incredibly possible for a woman to take on such a powerful role. Although it certainly shouldn’t be accepted that women are still getting paid 7% less for doing the same job as a man, I do think that we should recognize all the amazing strives that women have made in society and remember that equality is not going to happen overnight.

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