Welcome everyone to my blog, Stand Strong Girls.
Historically, women and girls have been confined to rigid, narrow lives consisting of home life, marriage and childcare. Thankfully things are now changing. Women in most parts of the world are now far more free to live their lives according to their own desires and not according to out of date opinions and rules. Women have jobs, qualifications and opinions. In many countries women have the vote and the right to run for parliament.
Unfortunately, there are still many women and girls in the world who are not experiencing these rights. This is often due to the culture or religion of the country and the way in which it is run. Many determined and enterprising women in these countries are members of women’s rights activist organisations. Their work is brave and difficult considering the obstacles other women have faced when campaigning for the same things. For example, the famous work of the British suffragettes under Emmeline Pankhurst. Although it is doubtful whether her work advanced or slowed the progress of her cause, the work of the suffragettes is remembered as valiant efforts in support of a truly worthwhile cause.
The aim of this blog is to alert you, the reader, to the effects and causes of various sexist issues and to get you thinking about ways to tackle them and cope with them. Although the traditions regarding women’s place in the world have shifted considerably, especially in Western societies, now there are new kinds of restrictions on women’s appearane and behaviour. I speak of the media’s strong influence on women and girls’ diet, shopping, choice of activities and colour preferences. It is obvious that there is a marked difference between the contents of ‘women’s’ magazines and ‘men’s’ magazines.
For it affects men and boys too, if women must be one way then men must be another, or so we are told. Think of the ranges of toys available in toy shops today. Many of them are intended to be gender specific and make unreasonable and ridiculous assumptions as to the preference of children in colour and toy type.
Anyway, I hope that you will enjoy reading my blog and use your knowledge to form your own opinion about women’s rights, both then and now. Feel free to add your comments.