Unless you live under a rock – you know that the struggle for woman’s fair pay, equal opportunities, and equitable health outcomes is far from achieved in American society. As an ardent feminist, I believe strongly in these issues. Fortunately for my own personal cause, the feminism debate has been revived on a national scale thanks in large part to Sandra Fluke and her crusade in the War on Women, a TED Talk on work-life balance by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, a rebuttal in an article titled “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All” by Anne Marie Slaughter, and then a subsequent book published by Sheryl Sandberg due out March 11th titled Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead. I'd even argue Beyonce’s stellar performance at the Super Bowl Half-Time injected energy into the feminism debate.
Conversations like this all over the news right now, trending on Twitter like mad and blowing up my news feed on Facebook. As I take part in the national conversation about feminism, there is still a lot to do in the fight for true equality between the genders. Especially as a senior about to graduate and enter into a less-than-stellar job market, I am trying to come to terms with my position as a feminist in the world. I know that women negotiate their salaries less often than men, and that women are still paid 81 cents for every dollar a man earns. I know these statistics and they suck, so what is my personal role in changing them?
There have been some remarkable things gone right in the feminist movement that has been spearheaded by amazing women throughout history (don’t believe me, watch the PBS documentary Makers). But in addition to what’s right in the world, I am still upset. Here’s why:
As a nation, it would be beneficial to address the above points. Until jokes about women are no longer funny, women leaning into their careers is a positive, and women occupy half of our boardrooms, our society will not be completely equal.