Gender inequality

Women’s rights are still an important issue. Even though a big progress has been made in this regard, full gender equality hasn’t been achieved yet. Women are still experiencing discrimination in different aspects of their lives.

The discrimination often comes from the representatives of the opposite gender who fail to understand that gender equality is beneficial for everyone.

Even in such famous places like Hollywood inequality is constantly present. Many female movie stars often speak up about the topic of women’s rights in hoping to improve working conditions and secure equal pay for women all around the world.

In order to give women confidence and help them fight for their rights many campaigns were organized by big companies.

17 marketing campaigns with a positive message for women – Econsultancy
The marketing and advertising industries have historically been more about fantasy than reality, and female idealisation rather than empowerment. Today, however, we’re seeing a sea change in the …
Campaigns for Gender Equality
Global Fund for Women campaigns for gender equality in three areas: freedom from violence, economic & political equality, and sexual & reproductive rights.

 

The fight for women’s rights has been portrayed by different media. News channels focused on protests and demonstrations, whereas artists have long striven to help achieve greater gender equality.

Several movies made in the 20th century raised awareness and spread the word about women’s rights and the problem of inequality in modern world.

 

Bombshell: How Feminist Determination Emerged Out of Fox News
Oscar-winning screenwriter Charles Randolph (The Big Short) on his research into the Fox News women and the network’s mastermind Roger Ailes.
 
A Film about Women’s Rights
The film Suffragette (2015) casts fresh light on the history of women's rights.
 
8 Women's Rights Documentaries to Watch on Netflix | The Circle NGO
We've selected the top documentaries available on Netflix dealing with the challenges that women around the world face, from human trafficking and abortion to working conditions in the garment …
 
 

While movies are a often used to spread knowledge and awareness, the fight for women’s rights is also present in music.

12 Months of Music That Matters: Women's Rights
PLAYLIST ON YOUTUBE & SPOTIFY Women’s suffrage was not won easily and it was not won early. It is astonishing that it is only 100 years ago this month that women finally secured the right to …

Some artists opt for creating whole exhibitions dedicated to gender inequality.

Posters and Women’s Rights
Elizabeth Resnick has spent a career championing social issues through exhibits of posters. The most recent, which will open on Sept. 26 at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Women’s …
Exercise 1

Read the article Our weapon is public opinion, paying attention to the posters presented there and choose the correct items to complete the sentences below.

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1. One of the posters depicts a woman in a gown and mortarboard caged up with a ……… and a ………. .

a) book, sewing machine b) convict, lunatic c) child, monkey

2. What are the characteristics of “yellow press” technique?

a) yellow font b) black and white photos   c) big headlines

3. The suffrage movement was at one point divided when it comes to the use of two tactics. What was one of those tactics?

a) law-abiding b) fighting with weapons  c) there were no tactics

Exercise 2

Listen to a part of the song by Christina Aguilera Can’t hold us down’and fill in the blanks with correct words or phrases.

So what am I not supposed to have an opinion

Should I …………….. just because I’m a women

Call me a bitch cause I ……………………….

Guess it’s easier for you to swallow if I sat and smiled

When a female ……………. suddenly ……………. don’t know how to act

So he does what every little boy would do

Makin’ up a few false ……………… or two

That for sure is not a man for me, ……………… names for popularity

It’s sad you only get your fame through controversy

But now it’s …………. for me to come and give you more to say

This is for my girls all around the world

Who have come across a man that don’t …………….. your worth

Thinkin’ all women should be ………… and not ……………

So what do we do girls, shout out loud

Lettin ’em know were gonna …………………………

So lift your hands high and wave ’em proud

Take a deep breath and say it loud

Never can, never will

Can’t …………………

Nobody can hold us down

Never can, never will

 

Maja Anuszewska

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