The year is 2016 and somehow people still think uncontrollable factors such as a person’s sexual orientation or gender make a difference on who they are as a person, or what they can accomplish. The definition of feminism has many definitions which have been warped by politicians to manipulate people for decades, but the true definition means: “the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of the equality of the sexes”—oxforddictionaries.com. This means that NO ONE should be stereotyped and forced into any gender roles.
As a fiscal conservative, I believe in personal responsibility. I believe that even though women may have biological differences from men, that doesn’t mean they are inferior, and they are certainly capable of making great accomplishments if they put in the work. This belief, however, is based on the even broader idea that intrinsic factors such as your sex, sexual orientation, race, or ethnicity, DO NOT make any person less capable than another. Yes, there is undeniable evidence that people around you will make your life more or less difficult based on variations of these factors, but that didn’t matter for these women. We all face prejudice in some way or another, and they did not give up in the face of it. Does that mean racism, sexism or any -ism is acceptable? NO! Yet, people have a right to their opinion and no law can force a person to change it. If you think that all women are bad at math, you are stereotyping, which will invariably be wrong. Sure SOME WOMEN are bad at math, but claiming ALL WOMEN are bad, is simply absurd. Take Emmy Noether for example.
Dubbed by Albert Einstein as “the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced since the higher education of women began,” she made monumental contributions to abstract algebra and theoretical physics. She made these accomplishments while growing up in Germany, which originally had laws that barred her from entering college because she was a woman. On top of that, because she was Jewish, she couldn’t become a university professor because of prejudice against her. She had to come all the way to America just so she could teach at Bryn Mawr College where she wouldn’t be discriminated against.
Does that mean all people have the ability to achieve as she did? NO! Her story does teach, however, that your gender doesn’t affect your talent. Instead of stereotyping, how about we look at every PERSON individually, without preconceived notions based on things they can’t control. Bill O’ Riley really pissed me off the other day when he had a reporter ask college students if there is a difference between men and women. They responded, “biologically yes, but everything else is a response to what society has pushed them into.”
O’Riley spent the next five minutes laughing at them and dubbing them silly liberals for their beliefs. He explained that women are much “softer” than men in business whereas men were “savages.” Whether or not that is true in his experience, these are sexist stereotypes that are causing conservatives to look sexist. Sexism is NOT conservatism. They are two entirely different ideas. I got news for you O’Riley, some of the most powerful CEOs and businesspeople are women.
As the CEO of PepsiCo, she made Forbes “20 Most Powerful Women in Business,” for her work with the company. She was able to pay $5.6 BILLION in dividends to shareholders that owned this blue-chip stock. Their revenue has grown 14 percent to $66 billion because of her. No CEO generates those kinds of returns by being “soft.”
A personal hero of mine, she was one of the most influential conservatives of the century. As the longest-serving British Prime Minister to hold office, she not only showed that women can have the capability to lead a world super-power, but that they can accomplish great things. Known as “the Iron Lady,” she was not “soft” when she had to make desperately needed financial reforms. Cutting social welfare programs, privatizing industries and reducing trade union power, has left her a legacy of being one of the toughest conservatives to ever live.
Largely regarded as one of the greatest female athletes of all time, Jackie Joyner-Kersee has won three gold medals, one silver and two bronze medals in the Olympics. I’ve heard from many sources that, scientifically speaking, men are biologically stronger. Whether or not that is true, I don’t think that matters. Jackie Joyner-Kersee is about 150x stronger and more athletic than I will ever be, and I’m a male.
There has been a lot of controversy lately over men’s and women’s standards being different in the military. I believe, that if a person—man or woman—cannot perform to the same standards set by the military, then they shouldn’t be deployed. What happens when you put an underqualified soldier in the line of duty? Not only are they a danger to themselves, but they become the weak link of the unit. If they can’t carry someone off of the battlefield because they simply don’t have the strength, then that soldier’s life has become the victim of political correctness. Women have every right to serve in the same capacity as men, but lowering standards for them is not only harming the other members of their unit but is DEMEANING to women everywhere. If you truly support equality, you support equal standards in everything.
Replacing Andrew Jackson’s image on the $20 bill with Tubman has been a hot political issue as of late. While Jackson achieved becoming the president of the United States, I support Tubman being put on the bill. Her work as a spy during the civil war, and “Moses of life people,” truly exemplify her bravery and courage. Meanwhile, Jackson’s accomplishments have been overshadowed by the forced relocation of Native Americans during his presidency.
While this list could go on forever, we shouldn’t have to compare men and women to break down stereotypes. Your gender doesn’t affect what you can accomplish. We are all responsible for our own actions, and if you have the determination to achieve a goal, you can overcome any obstacle that comes your way.
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