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Where There’s Sexism, There’s Racism: Women’s Fight For All

In this article, we wanted to share how women’s efforts in the civil rights movement benefit all–including ethnic minorities who are often oppressed by the same root-cause.

A common assumption is that feminism benefits only women. But countries that are the most patriarchal, where men hold power, are really bad places for minorities. Where women have a strong voice, minorities are materially better-off.

Gender equality makes everyone better off on all dimensions!

How the fight for gender equality parallels the fight for race equality

Studies show that people who do not support gender equality are more likely to express hostility towards minorities within their own country.

Gender inequality and discrimination are peas in a pod! Women and other minorities have long suffered from the same concerns:

Low social status, limited employment opportunities, lower pay for work of equal value, poverty, high illiteracy rates, poor access to health care and education, street harassment, lack of a voice in the political system, inability to get justice when wronged, and being trafficked into slavery.

Both have been targets for the disrespect, bigotry, hostility, and anger of those who consider themselves “superior beings”. Both have been harassed, threatened, and even killed for no reason other than their minority status.

How women have fought for the oppressed

Perhaps because we have shared so much pain, because we have suffered from the same issues, women have fought for centuries for the rights of the oppressed.

All over the world, women have successfully staged mass actions, and they have mobilized public opinion campaigns to support progress and to assist the marginalized. Indeed, women have probably organized more mass action campaigns in support of change than any other social group.

Women have worked tirelessly against discriminatory laws. They have campaigned for decent wages, fair hours, overtime pay, paid sick days, and family / parental leave time for everyone, as well as for the elimination of pay gaps between men and women and between white employees and non-white ones.

To paraphrase the famous African-American author, professor, feminist, and social activist, Bell Hooks, “feminism is about fighting against sexism, exploitation, and oppression – which hurt everyone.”

Feminism is about leveling the playing field for all

Women’s rights are human rights. Improving the status of women improves the well-being of the entire human race.

Feminism is about fighting for fairness and justice – which benefits everyone.

Feminism is about leveling the playing field; it is about equality for everyone!

Feminism is increasingly being defined as liberation for all people because it makes everyone better off on all dimensions.

Everyone benefits from gender equality … it is up to everyone to make it happen.

Women’s rights are human rights
Improving the status of women improves the well-being of the entire human race.
Everyone benefits from gender equality … it is up to everyone to make it happen.