5 Rights Women Have Gained Within the Last 100 years
Hey Ladies, I wanted to talk about something that is very near and dear to me as a woman. Over the years, we ladies have suffered quite a bit. We have found long and hard for things that men were automatically given simply because they are men. Even today, while we still hold an all the rights men have, we are still discriminated against for being women. To celebrate our hard work as women, here are some things that we as women have accomplished within the last 100 years.
1. Gained The Right to Equal Pay (1970)
In 1970, a U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in Schultz v. Wheaton Glass Co. that an employer owed women the same compensation as men for jobs that are “substantially equal” even if they are not “identical.” This prevented employers from giving women different titles than men in order to pay them less.
2. Working Could Seek Damages for Sexual Harassment (1986)
In 1986, the Supreme Court decision in Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson determined that making repeated sexual references or advances in the workplace created a hostile work environment that amounted to discrimination on the basis of sex. Sexual harassment became a part of the national conversation in 1991 when Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of workplace harassment. Vinson stated that she had intercourse with Sidney Taylor 40 or 50 times. He also embarrassed her publicly, exposed himself to her on number occasions, and forced himself on her. It’s troubling that a woman had to go through all that, but inspiring that she had the courage to stand up on behalf of women everywhere.
3. Marital Rape Became a Criminal Offense in All 50 States (1993)
Although Nebraska became the first state to make criminalize marital rape, it wasn’t until 1993 that all states eliminated the “spousal exemption” for rape. Unbelievably, marital rape is still not punished to the same degree as extra-marital rape in 26 states. In the 1990’s there were actually many states that had different types of categories if victims.
- Unmarried persons, who had full protection by sexual offenses laws,
- Married persons who were in an abnormal marriage. Who were often treated in an intermediate way, although many states treated them either as unmarried persons or as married co-habiting persons, and
- Married persons co-habiting. many state laws were initially very restrictive, criminalizing only the “worst” forms of domestic sexual violence.
There was speculation for a while that the idea of spousal exemption was greatly influenced Conservative Christian philosophy. Specifically by 1 Corinthians 7:3-5. Though, these were mostly conjectures that had no solid evidence, and really proved to be nothing more than hateful opinions. I see the argument. The verses talks about women doing their duty as wives and not withholding sex from their husbands. Yet nowhere in the verses or in the bible, does it encourage the forcing of sex upon anyone. The whole idea is absolutely ludacris.
4. Women Could File a Complaint About Pay Discrimination (2009)
Signed by President Obama in 2009, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act allows employees to file a complaint of pay discrimination within six months of receiving their last paycheck. The act confirmed that discrimination occur every time a woman is paid less for equal work. Before 2009, the initial decision to pay a woman less was seen as the first and only discriminatory act — one with a statute of limitations of six months. You would think that something like this would sort of go hand in hand with pay discrimination. So you’re giving us the right to be paid for the same job as a man, but we can’t file a complaint about any discrimination we might come across. Astutely ridiculous if you ask me. What infuriates me most is the fact that this became a reality so recently. It took almost 40 years for this to become part of the list of basic rights that women should have had from the beginning.
5. Women Were Allowed to Fight On the Front Lines (2013)
In 2013, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta lifted the military ban on women in combat. n November 21, 2013, the first three women to ever complete the United States Marine Corps’ Infantry Training Battalion course graduated from the United States Marine Corps School of Infantry in Camp Geiger, North Carolina. However, these three female graduates will still not be allowed to serve in infantry units until further studies can demonstrate they are physically capable of doing so. I’ve got to say that this actually makes sense to me. It is a fact that women are physically inferior to men. I don’t blame the USMC one bit. They have to deal in truths. They don’t have the liberty sit around, debate, and let people partake even though they aren’t capable of doing the job. You have to be able to do the job you’re applying for. Especially in the Military, where your job will directly affect the lives of those around you.
I hope this post reminds you of just how strong we ladies are. I also hope it inspires you to let your voice be heard. every single one of these accomplishments were spear-headed by a woman who had the courage to speak up. Even if they were absolutely terrified. Thanks again for reading my posts. It means the world to me. See you next time.