What is was like...
Immediately after reading â€śA Day Without Feminismâ€? from Manifesta, I went to the beginning to make sure that I had read the year these women were born correctly. I couldnâ€™t believe when I saw that they were born in 1970, and these injustices had happened less then 40 years ago. This means that some of our mothers, and grandmothers experienced them. This was unsettling.
After reading the closing statement of the passage, â€śHas feminism changed out lives? Was it necessary? After thirty years of feminism, the world we inhabit barely resembles the world we were born into. And there is still a lot left to do,â€? (Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, pg 9) I am grateful that I am living now and not thirty years ago, but I am also angered that women were oppressed for such a long part of our history. Reading this article showed me how far womenâ€™s rights have come since the 1970â€™s.
Something that struck me was how women were treated in the medical world. I felt sick to my stomach when I read, â€śIf the women goes under the knife to see if she has breast cancer, the surgeon wonâ€™t wake her up to consult about her options before performing a Halsted mastectomyâ€¦Sheâ€™ll just wake up and find that the choice has been made for her.â€? (Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, pg 8-9). This seems so unethical and wrong.
This article showed me that feminism is something that is very powerful and productive. When a group of people unite, they can accomplish great things. I believe that the roles and forms of feminism have shifted since the 1970â€™s. Back in the 70â€™s there were so many basic things that women were denied: certain jobs, fair pay, safe birth control, and more. The women back in these days were working to get basic rights. Now I think that feminism is still women trying to get equal rights, but the movement has shifted a bit. The role of feminism now is to get women equality with men, but in those areas that arenâ€™t so obvious. For instance, an issue of feminism today might be trying to get equal number of women and male math professors in a university.
The forms of feminism have also changed. There used to be protests that would go on so long that there would be women getting arrested. These protests would be a popular topic for the press. Iâ€™m sure that there are still womenâ€™s protests now, but I never really hear about them. It seems the feminist movement today is more formal.
This article is one that I think lots of people can relate to. We all have someone that we know who experience these injustices. I am so grateful for the womenâ€™s movement so that we donâ€™t have to live like they did. There is still a long way to go, but this article was great in making me realize how far we have come already.