Feminism in Different Parts of the World
** Looking at Feminism from the different lenses of different countries, and how each country applies and uses feminism to grow together**
Feminism in the US - Feminism in the West
Fighting for women's rights has been a fight for as long as we can remember. The way feminism came into the US was through women demanding the right to vote in the 1830s'. After long years of fighting, the first feminists finally won the right to vote in 1920. Even though women "officially" began fighting for feminism in the 1830's it was prevalent from much before. During the Civil War in the US, when women came back from working as nurses and volunteers, they demanded that they also get the same rights to education—after the Civil War, women in the US fought for the right to control their own property and not their husband or a male family member. Soon after all these feminist movements, there was a group called the "International Women's Leauge for Peace and Freedom" who were working "to bring together women of different political views and philosophical and religious backgrounds determined to study and make known the causes of war and work for permanent peace."Now in the 21st-century, feminism is now more prevalent than ever. The wage gap that still exists in some industries, such as the medical sector, enrages women. Feminists now stand for multiple reasons, sexual assault, and the gender wage gap. These women fight for safe streets at night; these women fight so that when we walk down the street at night and know that nothing terrible will happen to us. Feminism is not just about empowering women to be MORE than men; feminism is about being treated equally and receiving the same opportunities as men.
Feminism in Saudi Arabia - Feminism in the Middle East
We all know Saudi Arabia for having strict laws for women. One of the most infamous laws was that women could not drive until 2018. This was due to the strict implementation of the Shariah Law in Saudi Arabia. Women have been gaining more and more rights in Saudi Arabia. But this fight has been long and has been going for a long time. Before women could drive in Saudi Arabia, women were even put in jail to support pro-women driving movements. A leading Saudi feminist was put into prison for 1001 days just for joining a movement that supported Saudi women driving. In 2011, some women launched a campaign in Saudi Arabia called Campaign2Drive. Some of the women involved in the campaign are still imprisoned, even though the driving ban was lifted in 2018. Even though some of the women still remain in prison for their activism, some Saudi women are doing much better. Saudi has been pushing female entrepreneurship for more than a decade. According to "The Conversation," Saudi women have about 8.6 billion euros in cash holdings. This shows the drastic rise of female empowerment in Saudi. In 2013 the late King Abdullah said that women should hold at least 1/5 of the seats in office. Soon later, in 2015, women were able to vote. This shows that even though development for female empowerment is slow in Saudi, it is still prominent, and many Saudi women are fighting for the same rights Saudi men have has for centuries. Let's support the millions of women who are still struggling for equal rights in 2021.
Feminism in India - Feminism in Asia
Feminism is such a crucial concept in a country like India. You might ask why? Indian women are often raised with a "males are better" mindset. Things such as "serve your brother and husband before you eat" or "what will your dad think?". I am lucky to say that my parents did not raise me with that mindset, but unfortunately, I cannot say that for everyone. Women are even often portrayed as weak behind the veil that some Indian women wear. One of the biggest ways we can see how some Indian communities promote the "males are better" mindset is when they are getting married. Usually, in India, parents will get their kids arranged, which means they will find a suitable person for their daughter or son. Usually, the daughter is more thoroughly investigated. Questions in her "job interview" might include, "do you know how to cook?", "do you plan to work after you get married?", and even "how will you take care of our son?" implying that their son needs to be taken care of even though he is a full-grown adult. Laughing too loudly, having a previous relationship, previous marriage, kids not from wedlock, or previous wedlock are all major deal-breakers for this MAJOR job. All of these stereotypes can be shattered only IF we empower our women, only if we push the feminist women in India. We need to give the daughters of India the same chances and privileges as the sons in India. Empowering females is the way a country grows and develops. Feminism is the first stepping stone of a new age; we need to empower women to power the country.