Women’s Rights

At first when I was doing my research, I mostly just read articles.  I learned about just women’s rights in general.  Then, my mom told me about my great-grandma.  She told me how she worked when a lot of women didn’t and worked hard to send her daughters to school, even though many told her it was a waste of money to send girls to college.  I thought that was really neat, I interviewed my mom and found out about all sorts of women in my family who have done amazing things, even when they were told they couldn’t do something because they were a girl.  I also interviewed my grandma.  She told me this story:

My grandma applied to many colleges, but only in the state of NY, where she lived.  Her family didn’t have enough money to send her somewhere else.   She had been accepted at about 3 or 4 colleges and was deciding where to go when her uncle came to visit.  He told her to leave the room so he could talk to her dad alone.  So naturally, she listened outside of the door.  Her uncle said that it was a waste of money to send a girl to college.  He said he could understand if it was a boy, but a girl is just a waste. 

It’s amazing how far we’ve come since then, and how far we still have to go.  

I think the main conflict in women’s rights, is that we can pass every law in the world to protect women, but nothing will truly change until we can change people’s mindsets.  This will take quite some time.  The stakeholders on woman’s rights are every woman around the world who cares about their future and the future of those around them.  Some of the characters are my grandma (Sharon), great-grandma (Eileen), and my mom (Meg).    If I was to choose this topic, some questions I would pursue might be:

  • What does equity mean in a family?
  •   Which is better, equality, or equity?  

I think these are both important questions that I think need to be answered.  There might not be a defendant answer, it might be a matter of opinion.  A lot of people say they want women and men to be equal in every way, but sometimes, women and men need different things to succeed, like child care.  I’m not saying that

everyone shouldn’t be equal, but it’s a fine line between everyone being the same, and everyone being equal.   I think I want to look at women’s rights through my family.  My message will be that even the little things can make a big difference.  I am very enthusiastic about this topic because I think I have a lot of good resources and ideas.  I read an article about the first 2 women to graduate from the University of Vermont.  They graduated in 1875.  I’m actually pretty impressed with the University of Vermont, because they were forward-thinking for that time period, considering that the first women to graduate from Harvard was in 1957.  That’s 82 years later than the University of Vermont!  I think for my project, I want to focus on local issues.  Women’s rights are a big topic, so I want to look at it on a smaller scale.  Like small communities, or my family.  Early on in my research, I looked at a website called Global Fund for Women.  It had a tone of information such a:

 The central conflict is almost everywhere around the world women are denied the right to live free from violence, slavery, and discrimination, to be educated, to own property, to vote, and to earn a fair and equal wage.  Some stakeholders on women’s rights are young girls across the globe who show an interest in women’s rights and improving their futures. Young women across the country are impacted by this. The cause of the conflict is that women don’t have as much representation in government and we aren’t built physically as strong as men. To make this better, we need to change people’s mindset about women, this may take a while.  We also need to get more females in government.  We will know when we have achieved true gender equality when women are paid the same amount as men, given the same rights as men, and receive the same education as men.  I am excited to be a part of What’s The Story, and can’t wait to start filming!  See everyone in November.

~Cordelia

Cordelia Thomas

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