“Women’s rights are human rights,” per Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. She said that years ago as First Lady when her husband, William Jefferson Clinton, was President of the United States. Those views are still correct even today since women all over continue an ever-present struggle to strive for equality in society. Entities like Vital Voices, (http://www.vitalvoices.org/) work tirelessly to help women in this regard, but today’s challenging global economy may make it very hard for women to get ahead in society. Yet, any amount of progress would seem to be better than none at all.
Though great changes have certainly occurred, African countries still hold women down and make it impossible for them to help their families and themselves. Sadly, too, despite the internet, positive changes made may not always be relayed to women across the world. Thus, though Thailand elected a woman leader, women in Darfur may not even know that amazing fact.
Even in America, the term “feminist” is now more controversial than ever, filled with many different interpretations, depending on whether one is a Republican or a Democrat. Can modern women be submissive to men but also be leaders? Are not both these views really just rights to which women are entitled in this day and age? All of these various issues concern women on both sides of each ocean. They may lead one to wonder if one step taken ahead could lead to two steps taken backward for women.
It is important to remember women in Europe and America did not always even have a right to vote. They earned it by hard work, arrests and incarcerations. It took many women working together so they could finally vote. Thus, it should actually come as no real surprise to researchers, historians, elected officials and the public itself it may take years before more women in developing or underdeveloped countries are strong enough and interested enough to lead with courage and conviction and help themselves and others. The obstacles they must overcome, including even human trafficking in some countries, are enormous. However, if they can, they will certainly be stronger in the long run for having done so.