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Mar. 8th, 2007 04:08 pm
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Blog Against Sexism Day

I first saw this topic on [livejournal.com profile] sigune's LJ and wanted to spread the word. You can click on the icon above for more.

I dedicate today to all of the strong women in the world. Women who contribute to the world if it be through a career outside of the home or the career of raising a family.

Beyond discussing gender-related problems that face women today, I think it's also important to acknowledge the gains women and men (there were male suffragists) have made in the last one-hundred years in terms of gender equality. Certainly, there is far to go, but there are accomplishments to celebrate. One (in the US) is the Nineteenth Amendment, which was ratified on August 26, 1920 and gave women the right to vote.

In 1901 Henry T. Finck wrote an article entitled: “Are Womanly Women Doomed?”1. He outlined five reasons why woman should not vote. I think he arguments provide an interesting baseline in which to measure the current gender climate. It's interesting to see how the arguments used to support sexism in its various manifestations (women in the workforce, women in the military etc.) have changed (or not changed) in the last one-hundred years.

Why woman shouldn't vote according to Finck (appropriate name, eh?):
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