By Samantha Johnson, Clarion Staff
“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it. ” – Roseanne Barr
Since the beginning of civilization, women and men have always been treated differently, this remains an issue today. Men were always perceived as the strong and independent ones, and women were helpless without a man around.
The 2016 Olympics displayed the most sexist comments about women athletes publicized in the current media circus. Many of the female participants were compared to male athletes or they weren’t acknowledged for their own achievements as women. The Chicago Tribune published the headline, “Wife of a Bear’s lineman wins a bronze medal today in Rio Olympics.” That “wife of a Bear’s lineman was actually a Corey Cogdell, a three-time Olympian. Actions like this often go unnoticed although no one thinks about it because it’s a new era, and everyone knows women’s rights are supposedly mainstream by now.
Yes, women do have the same rights as men but they’re still treated or talked about unfairly.
After all these years of fighting for equality, women still have trouble being treated as independent people because they’re smaller or less capable. Many still think of women as housemaids or robots (incapable of independent thought), not as successful CEO’s, engineers, or architects. We all need a reality check, the issue in front of our faces needs to be brought to light.
This is 2017. Saying, “that’s a man’s job” and, “that’s a woman’s job,” is unacceptable There is no such thing as a career or sport being gender-based. Everyone is capable and should be able to do what they want, regardless of race, gender, or size.