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Holly McCamant: Women have come a long way

Recently in my English class, we read Women of the Nineteenth Century. Even back in the 19th century there were strong women who believed that women are equal to men.

This piece of literature, which was much more interesting than some of the other things we’ve read in school, was written at the start of the feminism movement.

I believe in the feminism where women are equal to men, but not greater. Some forms of feminism think that women are greater than men and should boss them around, but I don’t think it should be like that. There’s nothing wrong with men. 

I also think that God created men and women equal, but not the same. When I hear the world leaders that they want every career to have the same amount of men as women, that just doesn’t make sense to me.

I think women should have the same opportunities as men and not be considered less qualified for a job because of their gender. However, saying that half of all mechanics or construction workers must be female is a little extreme in my mind.

Saying that half of everyone in each job must be female is also saying that half of all makeup designers and beauticians must be male. It’s perfectly OK if a male is a makeup designer or a woman is a construction worker, but there’s a reason why a certain gender dominates some work fields.

For example, I work in the nursery at church, and you don’t see any boys lining up to do my job. Boys are not the same as girls; we both have different advantages and disadvantages.

Women are usually better than men when it comes to creating an appearance, and men are typically better at doing things with their hands. That’s how it works most of the time.

I am not saying at all that it’s bad if a guy is interested in an appearance-related field or if a woman is in a male dominated career, I’m just saying there’s a reason men and women aren’t always equal in the same work fields.

Now, in the 21st century, women have made so many advancements. We have the right to vote and to play a big role in today’s society. No, we haven’t had a female president, but we have had women run for president and considered viable candidates. Women can enter almost any field that men can.

However, we still have a long ways to go. One of things I would like to dismiss is the saying that women in the United States earn 77 cents for every $1 for the same work as men. We earn 28 percent less than men for our median income.

However, that is not comparing the number of hours women work and the types of jobs they are doing. The reality of it is that for every $1 men make, women make around 90 cents doing the same job.

Now that difference isn’t OK. Employers often consider equally qualified women less capable because of their gender. Women can be leaders too; it’s just that we aren’t often seen as a capable as men. Young girls that take charge are often labeled as bossy, even though bossiness is a different thing than having leadership. When a boy takes charge, he isn’t seen as bossy, unless he is actually being bossy.

In my generation, gender inequality isn’t nearly as bad as it was when my parents were growing up. In schools, girls are considered as able to do well as boys. I don’t know how it will be when we go into the workforce after graduating from high school or college, but I hope we will have more equality than what is being given now.

America, we have come a long way for women. We still have a long way to go.

Holly McCamant is a sophomore at Frazee-Vergas High School.