Speaking out for myself, i am a girl, a lady and above all i am a mother. I love being that and i even marvel to the fact that the times that we are living today has allowed me to express myself. This was foreign to the women of previous years because of gender , social connotations and a lot of social inequalities. But i look back at some of the women who were strong and they put up that fight so that we can look up to them and say wow, they indeed were great role models.
Being a woman and managing it all is not a joke. I believe women to be a unique specie who can go far and wide and still be composed to be truly who they want to be. Society has never been easy on the girl child or has it ever be considerate of the beauty. Since long back, women have been objectified and somehow those times, women also felt special being objectified.
This can be seen in the slave trade, cheap labor, sexually exploited, a means to an end and all that. What about the film industry, women were seen as sex objects and for that same reason , women considered this an achievement. What do we call that, colonisation of the brain or what? Well, i would like to call it the trend of those times.
However, over the years, there has been a wave of change towards how women are treated, or seen with the public eye. The bill of equal rights, though i feel a bit skeptic about it, also changed a lot. We have seen women being leaders of multi national companies, being CEO s, Directors, bosses, owning huge enterprises and being ahead. I would not say it was the bill of equal rights or so but i would say, its the attitude that women have taken over these years.
Great women have risen over the years, like Oprah Winfrey, Albertina Sisulu, Winnie Mandela and all that i will not be able to mention because they are a lot. What about those that are not written in the books but are great anyway. Why would i also leave my dearest mother out of this. She is a great woman not only to me but to the village where i come from. That is the greatness of women right there.
Women have managed to break the barriers of race, skin color and going beyond. There is this great writer called Chimamanda, she has a great article and showed tips when she said when you approach your femininity be like” I m matter. I matter equally,”(Francis, 2016). Basically though she was replying to a question from a young mother , i feel she referred to all women that when you look a yourself , feel that you are so important and that importance will surely follow to your girl child.
We have also seen a huge change in the girl Child obtaining education across the globe, though not forgetting some countries where this system is taking long even on the way that girls should dress and their freedom. Well lets take fore example, our neighboring Nigeria , where because of the extremism, news of many girls being abducted swept the continent, and some of them being impregnated and forced into the Islamic religion. Well i think the world is governed by so many laws that disadvantage the girl child. But in this case scenario, change in the societal perception is seen where the people from Nigeria and around the world joined forces and chanted #Bringbackourgirls. That is something to reckon with, it shows how the women and the world now see the inequality between two genders and are aware of this and need to rectify it.
Oprah Winfrey also said some wise words when she said she did not think of herself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. She thought of herself as somebody who, from an early age, knew was responsible for herself.
Francis,A (2016). Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Has 15 Tips On How To Raise A Feminist. Available at http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/. Accessed 25 October 2016