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End of gender inequality

September 30, 2014
Kelsy Kershaw

KERSHAW

 
Kelsy Kershaw
Features Editor

 

My favorite color is pink, I care what people think about me and I am emotional; I am a girl.

 

Do these characteristics make me less of a professional or inferior to a man? Hell, no.

 

Whether it be at work, in a social setting or even in athletics, women are still suffering from discrimination and inequality.

 

I, and all women, am capable of performing socially, professionally and mentally at the same capacity as men.

 

I am not trying to say women should rule the world but I am saying we should be listened to and taken seriously.

 

Emma Watson said it best in her speech before the United Nations, “…fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating; if there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop. Feminism, by definition, is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.”

 

Women do not need men, and men do not need women; we need each other. Gender inequality is not just a women’s issue, it is a human rights issue.

 

The HeForShe campaign is a movement started to address these issues. HeForShe is a UN Women campaign for gender equality and the empowerment of women.

 
It is a commitment from men around the world to take action against anti-feminism.

 

Women have suffered abuse, rape and discrimination for simply being a woman, a genetic formula beyond any of our control. The time to end this is now.

 

Currently, 30,353 men have committed to the solidarity movement and spreading the word.

 

This represents over 30,000 men who have stopped thinking of themselves as one part and women as another, and thinking of all of us as one.

 

Hopefully, by the time you are reading this, it will have doubled, or even tripled.

 

It is as easy as an Instagram post, a Facebook status or a tweet, just hashtag #HeForShe.

 

You do not have to be an activist; you just need to be a supporter. And guys, all you have to do is click that you agree.

 

With male Louisiana Tech students alone pledging their commitment, the number would increase by 5,591, according to the 2013 common set data on Tech’s website.

 

 
In the time it took me to write this, the number has increased to 33,712.

 

You see, every minute is a monumental building block for this movement.

 

Let’s drop this belief that men have to be aggressive and women submissive; let’s be ourselves.

 

 

We can all be strong. We can all be sensitive. We define who we are and what we do; it is not a gender right, it is a human right.

 


Kelsy Kershaw is a senior journalism and FMRS major from Jennings who serves as features editor for The Tech Talk. E-mail comments to kjk016@latech.edu.

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