Hello folks, this is Clark here. Equality is something that have long been a problem, even if there have been many campaigns and movements to educate. Even today, there are women being taken advantage of, harassed, cast aside, often by people who ‘advocate’ equality between genders. Below are a few women’s rights quotes that I hope we can appreciate together and bring slightly more awareness that for this equality movement to work it starts with a willingness in each and every one of us to accept that everyone should have the same opportunity to live their lives without being harassed, to thrive.
“Women will be hidden no more. We will not remain hidden figures. We have names. … It was woman that gave you Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was woman that gave you Malcolm X. And according to the Bible, it was a woman that gave you Jesus. Don’t you ever forget it.” – Janelle Monáe
In ancient traditions, women were revered as leaders, as wise counselors, as someone to be treated with utmost respect. But somehow, that has changed a lot over the ages. How it all started, I don’t know. But perhaps it’s time to take a leaf from these ancient cultures, and not see ourselves as being superior to cultures past?
Sure, we have smartphones, the internet, planes, tanks and skyscrapers, but they have knowledge about nature, kindness, respect, equality, and I believe they have much knowledge about spiritual matters like meditation. And who’s to say they don’t have superior technology in certain areas? Think of the pyramids in Egypt, the hanging gardens of Babylon, many ancient wonders that still amaze us till this very day.
Women have been influential in educating the great men of history. Without the examples shown by these mothers, those great men throughout history might turn out very differently. These mothers taught them to do the right thing, to have morals, to aim for the stars, but most importantly I think these mothers taught these great men kindness. And these women have been staying out of the limelight for far too long.
“I recognize no rights but human rights – I know nothing of men’s rights and women’s rights.” – Angela Grimke
It would be a really wonderful world where each and every human being can see the reflection of him/herself in other people. Because essentially all of us came from the same source, and all of us are going to return to that same source one day.
If we can understand the purpose that each of us is brought onto this Earth for, and that we are all on pretty much the same journey, which is to experience joy with all the varieties that this world offers, then perhaps we would start to see each other not as male/female, Asian/European/American, Christian/Buddhist/Muslim, but as fellow human beings just trying to live our purpose.
“The more I have spoken about feminism the more I have realized that 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.” – Emma Watson
Of course, man-hating shouldn’t be what this is about. Equality shouldn’t be about stepping on any gender, or race, or skin color, or nationality, or… It should be about making the world a better place for everyone, which is not the case when some of these campaigns and movements get underway. Past hurts are hard to let go of, and many people do not like change. Soon after, it becomes a fight, a question of who is going to get one over the other party.
“To all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful, and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.” – Hillary Clinton
And how true that is. I really hope I did a little in bringing awareness of this movement to the forefront of your minds, readers who happen to be reading this. There are not many more worthy ideals than the one to ensure each and every human being on earth is respected and given the chance to flourish.