Representation of Women in our Society

Has there been any changes with our society about women?

Mihad Osman

 Our society has a set of ideas about how we expect men and women to dress, behave, and present themselves. Throughout history and today, women are constant victims of stereotyping from our society. Certain “rules” have to be followed and certain “perfect” images have to be kept. We are raised in a way to uphold certain positions where society wants us to be and as a result, the opportunities are always limited for us and ideas of our importance in our society are diminishing. Even though women gained some independence, where women can work and take many positions in society, society’s idea of the typical roles of women never seems to change.

In the media world, media has already set impossibly high beauty standards and the results of this often leave women in a losing position in reality. The media has already set a firm message saying that women’s worth is strongly dependent on their sexuality. Women’s sexuality is valued mainly on their beauty and also their performance. Most women want to fit society’s image of perfect, and sadly they end up thinking they have to change themselves to look the part as well. They end up wasting their money on plastic surgery and weight loss, many times trying to fit the description of an hourglass body or the ideal skinny model. Everyone is different, and we all should wise up and accept that before it takes a toll on our future. I hope that women start opening up their eyes, instead of emptying out their wallets to ways to change themselves. Society is destroying many of our self-esteem. People need to realize that beauty within is the one true thing that counts.

Gender inequality has been an immense challenge and the search for equality between men and women is fuelling a never-ending war between genders. Males are often viewed as superior to women. Men have dominated in history; they are our famous theorists and physicists, they won wars and conquered the land. Unfortunately, even in today’s society women are continuing to be viewed as inferior compared to men. There are still doubts that women are not equal to men, even though people try to convince themselves otherwise, we are faced with day to day situations that prove that women are not equal to men. Though most men have full respect for women, there is still a lot of conflict in the male recognition of the real role a woman plays in our day to day lifestyle and if indeed we are equal. Women have overcome many obstacles throughout history including; education, the workplace, and even at home.

Women have the right to be treated equally in view of the fact that they are equal. Over the past hundred years, there have been countless movements for gender equality. But despite everything that was done so that women could be treated equivalent to men, there is still inequality. Society has created this absurd view that men are higher-up than women, which has constructed gender roles. These societal norms do not need to be followed and do not define what each gender can or cannot do. Women can work with their hands, men can be stay-at-home dads, and there is nothing that says otherwise. We need to eliminate these false roles. people should act how they desire and not just how they are expected to act.

The issues normally faced by women such as gender equality, equity and empowerment of women have now started to become even more significant in these women’s lives as they have an active role in the growth and also shift of knowledge, which often forms the survival for the communities to start to adapt and also to minimize the women’s risk in unfortunate circumstances. Because of women’s natural and social roles, they are generally more determined than men in the areas of their environment. Women are therefore much more aware than men of the environmental, economic and social needs of their own territory.


Timeline of Women progress
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