S o, a question that I get on a regular basis from men and women is often about my choice of study for my Master’s degree….it is “Why Women’s Studies?” It puzzles me because I guess I have taken it for granted knowing that women are still not on equal ground with men when it comes to sharing their perspective and be truly heard. The most typical argument I hear from individuals is that women are able to speak out now and nothing can stop them but themselves. Although it is true most women can speak for themselves the reality is that many are not encouraged to do so and therefore many do not. Men have dominated majority of the decisions in politics and societal goals worldwide despite being the minority of the population.
If women were on the same level of respect as men there would be a lot more representation at the highest level of world governments. I am very encouraged to see that President Obama is acknowledging this important missing piece of discussion. Validation by a powerful man is unfortunately a necessity in the movement for women’s equality.
Women are all different when it comes to goals and methods of achieving those goals. It would be nice, at the very least, to hear what they have to say.
Women hold up half the sky!
“The goal is as simple as it is profound: to empower half the world’s population as equal partners in preventing conflict and building peace in countries threatened and affected by war, violence and insecurity. Achieving this goal is critical to our national and global security.”
–The U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security