On January 20th, 2017, President Donald J. Trump took office. On January 21st, 2017, an estimated 470,000 people marched in protest in Washington D.C. in the Women’s March, and millions marched in solidarity around the country and even the world. In Oregon, there were marches in Salem, Eugene, and Portland, which many CHS students attended. The founders of the Women’s March, however, don’t see the march, and the outpouring of support it received, as a one time thing. According to their website, “Women’s March Global is a proactive international movement, not a U.S. election-specific protest…We need to channel this energy and keep it growing.” One of the ways they continue to spread awareness is by creating the “Day Without Women”, a day where women all over the globe will not participate in a general strike: bringing light to the necessity of women in our society. The day the strike will take place, March 8th, coincides with International Women’s Day.
The point isn’t so much that we wouldn’t be able to survive as a species without women, that much we already know. It’s more about the fact that women’s rights, in every single part of the globe, are not equal to men’s. The disparity is there, whether you’re in Iceland, where their gender gap score 0.881, or Yemen, where it is 0.484. It is to emphasize and reemphasize that women’s rights are human rights.
To highlight this disparity, here are several ways that the absence of women can make an impact on your life:
81 percent of elementary and middle school teachers are women. Without women, you don’t have a decent education. (How many of your teachers have been women?)
80 percent of people working in social services are women. Without women, if you ever lose your job, you won’t be able to get back on your feet.
Nurses are 90 percent female. Without women, there will be no one to care for you when you’re sick or in a retirement home.
These are only some of the jobs where women make up the vast majority of the occupation. However, there are women working in nearly every profession. Take a moment out of your day and think about all of the women who work hard every day for the benefit of society, yet aren’t given equal rights. The next time you see a woman, thank her. It’s something she doesn’t hear nearly enough.