I just discovered that Saturday, August 26, was Women’s Equality Day (at least in the United States), because 97 years ago on that date, the 19th Amendment to our Constitution was adopted, which gave women the right to vote. Yay us.
Are we really equal? Image via Wikipedia.
Of course, some would argue that it takes more than the right to vote to constitute equality — you know, like equal pay for equal work, or an equal chance to be hired for (or elected to) a job you’re qualified for…stuff like that.
According to Wikipedia, the President of the United States has to declare this holiday every year. Why? Why not just set it at August 26 in perpetuity and be done with it? Especially in cases like this year, where it’s actually kind of surprising that this President actually declared it. He might not have, and then where would we be?
Answer: Sadly, as unequal as we are now.
But I don’t want you, my readers, to be pessimistic about this. I see women’s equality as a work in progress (although maybe you would think after 97 years, we would have made greater progress than this), but nevertheless, we must not give up. We have come a long way, but there is still a ways to go. We can do it!
And now for a short post on semantics, or, “words do matter.”
Just yesterday, we all celebrated the 48th anniversary of men first landing on the moon (that’s a true statement since so far, unfortunately, they have all been men). My husband is a space freak, and some of that has rubbed off on me, only I concentrate somewhat on the female side of it, reading books like “The Mercury 13” and such.
Which is not to say that I am not full of admiration for the men that did it. I enjoy seeing this clip as much as anyone. But does anyone else get that twinge in your head when Armstrong says “mankind”? (That little inward feeling that says you weren’t included; the prototype for the human race was male.) (and if your response was “But woman was created from Adam’s rib” then you really are reading the wrong blog, and get out)
But it was 1969. It was a different world. Maybe they just weren’t as conscious of those things back then.
Flash forward to 1996.
Independence Day? Really? (And once again, I am a HUGE FAN of this speech; it’s an example of the St. Crispin’s Day speech in Henry V. More than one movie features a variant of this speech.) We should have known better in 1996 — or at least most of us should have; the writers of the movie clearly did not. (Devlin and Emmerich, responsible for Stargate, another of my favorite movies! Here I am denouncing my favorites all in the same post!)
Can we all agree, in 2017, to call the race “humanity” or “humankind”, instead of the exclusionary “mankind”? Would it kill us to do this? Because the human race isn’t composed of just men.
Hello. If we haven’t met yet, nice to meet you. You may have seen me post on Kemetic vs. Atheist (a site which is not going anywhere, so if you were worried, please don’t). For a while now, I’ve been concerned with the idea that my only blog is about religion; there’s so much more to discuss in life, isn’t there? And with political events in the United States having taken the turn they did last year, I feel there is still a need for feminists to speak up about the way things are going, and the way we’d like to see things go. Some are throwing themselves into the political arena, getting active…this is what I’m doing. And I may get political too; we’ll see by the time I’m done.
(For the record, there are a couple of things that I will not be full throated about, but I thought “Almost But Not Quite Full Throated Feminism” just didn’t have the same ring to it.)
Why today? We received the wonderful news about the casting of the next Doctor Who as a woman, Jodie Whittaker. I’ve seen her in Broadchurch and she was great, so I look forward to seeing how she will handle, what? The most iconic TV role in Great Britain? Is that exaggerating it a bit? I don’t think so; I’ve seen the word “iconic” bandied about quite a bit today, so I’m going with “iconic” too. So if you’re reading this and you’re feeling peeved about Whittaker’s casting, I’m thinking this may not be the blog for you. Probably. Just a feeling.
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