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mtran's picture

I think this article is a good response to Marilyn Waring’s call for women to positions of power. So basically the feminist movement has been progressing positively. Not only can women now gain education and well-paid jobs but they are also take leadership roles to make changes. But the question is now whether this is just a short-term trend or it is the permanent equality we have reached, and how can we make sure that the rights women now have will not be taken all away again? Winona LaDuke has proposed “Seventh Generation Amendment” to protect the availability of natural resources for future generations, then perhaps there should also be another amendment to enhance the rights of women? Or are there already any?



Sara Lazarovska's picture

D to the P

Still, I think that women have not truly reached their potential when it comes to positions of power. Think about this: even though the US promotes equality, a woman has never been President (Hillary Clinton was as close as it has gotten). Sure, other countries, such as Brazil, have or had female presidents and/or prime ministers, but still, one of the countries that is so vigilant in the feminist movement and is trying to pass that amendment about sex equality still has not had a female president, while having dozens of male presidents. However, what I think is most important to realize if the US truly wants sex equality, then it is the mentality of the people that it must be appealed to. If the simple-minded thinking that women do not know politics and men do prevails in the minds of the general public, then it doesn't matter how many great feminists there are in a country - the majority will win.

Sarah Cunningham's picture

Equal Rights Amendment

Interesting question. In fact in the US the Congress passed, after much debate and lobbying, an amendment to the US contitution to protect the rights of women. It says:  "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the Untied States or by any state on account of sex." Simple, right? It had been originally proposed in 1923, and was passed in 1978. But, in order to become part of our constitution, this must be ratified by at least 3/4 of the individual states. So far, 34 years later, it has been ratified by 35 of the 38 states needed to bring it into force. Three more states needed! 

Another hard to believe fact about these United States...

Shengjia-Ashley's picture

Really! 15 states hasn't

Really! 15 states hasn't agreed to this (or 16 does Washington DC count?) Pennsylvania agree to this amendment right? This is shocking for me, considering Americans are allowed to have short guns (is the right to own a gun one of the amendments).

Sarah Cunningham's picture

yes, shocking

Shocking, I know. Yes, Pennsylvania did ratify it-- but it still does become part of the US constitution till 3/4 of the States do. You can look at for all the information. Yes, the right to carry guns is also an amendment to the constitution-- the 2nd amendement, 1791, long before women could even vote. Women got the right to vote in the 19th amendment, 1921.